Giltech Precision Castings Covid-19 Level 2 plan
Giltech is committed to supporting the government in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and as such will be implementing a number of protocols and changes within the workplace to ensure we can operate safely and in accordance with the government Level 2 restrictions.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and their families is of the utmost importance to us, therefore it is imperative all employees adhere to and follow the guidelines set out in this document (in addition to any restrictions and/or requirements the government puts in place).
- Employees who are sick or feel unwell, have been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed as having Covid-19, or anyone who is self-isolating due to possible exposure to Covid-19 must stay at home and are not to attend or visit the workplace.
- Everyone is required to adhere to the physical distancing requirements at all times – at a minimum this needs to be 1 metre apart.
- No handshakes or other form of person to person contact is to take place.
- The cough/sneeze etiquette must be followed.
- Employees are required to notify their manager immediately if their health or situation changes i.e. they begin to feel unwell, they have been advised they may have been in contact with someone who has or may have Covid-19 etc.
- Disinfectant sprays, sanitiser, soap and wipes will be available in the workplace and employees are expected and encouraged to use these frequently.
When working within the workplace premise
- Workspaces and break facilities will be modified to allow for social distancing i.e. tables and chairs in the break room will be placed so employees sit a minimum of 1 metre apart.
- Break times will be staggered to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. Employees are expected to clean break areas after use with the supplied cleaning products.
- Employees are encouraged to remain within their work area and only move to other areas if absolutely necessary.
- Employees are required to wash/sanitise their hands when entering and leaving their work area – in addition employees are requested to maintain good hand and personal hygiene throughout their shift including following recommended hand washing etiquette (frequently washing their hands with water, soap and drying) and/or use of sanitiser.
- Where possible, the use of shared resources is to be minimised i.e. employee’s use the same tools where possible (sanitising/cleaning between uses if there is a need for someone else to use these), use the same cup, cutlery and are responsible for the cleaning of this
o Sanitising products will be available throughout the different work areas so resources can be cleaned and sanitised.
o Where the sharing of resources is necessary, measures will be put in place to reduce the number of employees who access/use these i.e. restrictions will be placed on who is allocated to drive the forklift whilst working under these measures and employees will be required to sanitise before and after use.
- Employees are required to adhere to physical distancing requirements at all times and take all practicable steps to reduce unnecessary contact with surfaces – frequently touched surfaces i.e. tables, benches, door handle etc are to be regularly disinfected/sanitised. If you are unsure how clean the surface is, disinfect it before use and wash your hands after touching.
- At the commencement of each shift, employees are required to sign in and complete the declaration submitting this along with their timesheet at the conclusion of each day to their supervisor. Should an employee not be able to truthfully complete the declaration at the commencement of their shift due to concerns regarding their health, movements. and/or interactions with others, they are to remain outside the premises and call their manager so an assessment about whether they can enter the workplace without putting their colleagues at risk can be made.
- Employees are required to take their breaks and use the facilities in the rooms assigned to their work area. Where social distancing cannot be maintained in these rooms, rosters will be put in place to ensure breaks are staggered and social distancing requirements maintained.
- Regularly disinfect high contact points and surfaces in work area, always clean all contact points before finishing shift and disinfect break area surfaces after use. Disinfectant sprays and wipes will be available for use.
When holding meetings, the following should be adhered to:
- Physical distancing to be maintained
- Held in an open aired and well-ventilated space where possible
Couriers/Deliveries/Visitors to the workplace
- A designated delivery/drop-off area will be clearly marked, and all deliveries and drop-offs are to be made to this area. At the time of delivery, the driver will be required to call Greg Pringle (signage will be provided to outline this) to advise the delivery has been made and receive further instruction if necessary.
- Goods should be wiped down with disinfectant (or other suitable product) prior to these being moved. The employee who does this will be required to ensure they wash/sanitise their hands after doing so.
- Visitors to the workplace will be discouraged, however if it is necessary for visitors to attend the workplace they are to report to reception. They will be required to sign in at reception (process will be amended for contact tracing purposes) and adhere to the visitor process outlined on the door.
- All visitors are expected to adhere to Giltech protocol and government restrictions including maintaining physical distancing.
Employees who feel unwell at work
- Employees who develop flu like symptoms or begin to feel unwell while at work are required to notify their supervisor/manager immediately before removing themselves from the workplace and contacting the Healthline or their GP to seek further advice.
- In the event that an employee is unwell in the workplace with flu like symptoms, the employees who have been in contact with and/or work in the same area will also be required to self-isolate at home and contact Healthline for further advice also.
- Only when medical practitioners have given the all clear, will these employees be able to return to the workplace.
Treating minor injuries requiring First Aid.
- Employees who injure themselves at work which requires the use of first aid resources, shall where they can, treat the injury themselves. If it is minor, clean the wound and apply sticking plaster etc, taking care to dispose of the waste product in a safe manner.
- Where a First Aid person is required to treat the injury and physical distancing rules are compromised, both parties shall use a face mask and the first aid person disposable gloves during the application of treatment.
- Where the injury is of a more serious nature and requires medical intervention, the supervisor is to arrange for the employee to go to the after-hours medical centre for that treatment.
- An incident report is to be submitted, outlining nature and extent of injury and PPE required to be used. This incident is to be reviewed by a supervisor to ensure that the correct safe manner of treatment was used.
As part of normal practices, we maintain a hazard register which identifies any potential risk and steps taken to eliminate or minimise the risk. We will incorporate this into our toolbox meetings to ensure this is kept a live document, with any new risks or hazards identified being addressed and shared with others in a timely manner.
Breaches and reporting
- Our ability to resume business operations under the level 2 restrictions is dependent on ensuring we provide a safe place of work for everyone. Whilst we have put what we believe to be the appropriate measures and guidelines in place to make this possible, these are only effective if everyone adheres and complies.
- If you have any concerns regarding either the measures and guidelines put in place or you believe these may have been breached, please advise Bob Adams, General Manager immediately.
- Any breaches of the protocols and restrictions put in place by either Giltech or the government will be taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
I confirm I have read and understood the above and agree that I will follow and adhere to these at all times to ensure I keep myself and my colleagues safe whilst we work under the level 2 restrictions.