COVID-19 - Steps - How to stay safe in the workplace

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Workers should follow these simple actions to stop the spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) help stop the spread

Steps for social distancing in the workplace

  • stop shaking hands to greet others
  • consider cancelling non-essential meetings. If needed, hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
  • put off large meetings to a later date
  • hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
  • promote good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene
  • provide alcohol-based hand rub for all staff
  • eat lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the lunch room
  • regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that many people touch
  • open windows or adjust air conditioning for more ventilation
  • limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace
  • avoid non-essential travel
  • promote strict hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts

Information for employers and jobseekers is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

How to wash and dry hands with soap and water

Hand hygiene is crucial in reducing transmission of infections. It includes both hand washing with plain or antimicrobial soap and water, and use of alcohol-based products (gels, rinses, foams) containing an emollient that do not require the use of water.

If hands are visibly soiled or contaminated with respiratory secretions, wash hands with soap (either non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial) and water.

In the absence of visible soiling of hands, approved alcohol-based products for hand disinfection may be used. Ensure you have facilities for hand washing (i.e. sinks with warm and cold running water, plain or antimicrobial soap, and disposable paper towels) and hand disinfection (i.e. alcohol-based products) readily accessible.

Hand washing steps

  1. Remove jewellery and cover abrasions
  2. Wet hands with warm water, then apply soap or liquid soap
  3. Lather for 15–20 seconds
  4. Rinse hands under running water
  5. Dry hands with clean towel 

Download information sheet

To download an information sheet on correct hand washing procedures click here.

Video - how to wash and dry hands