During the past three weeks especially, Australia has entered a period of torrid, unknown times, but history demonstrates Australia has always recovered from a time where Communities experienced extreme virus contamination as in the late 1800s early 1900s, and I believe also during the 1930s. In the recovery period of the current virus contamination C-19, Australia may never be the same again – there may be less people in the community daily with the increase of home use of electronics to achieve business aims including more on-line use for school and University students.
We may have temporarily lost our cultural traditions of the hand-shake, a hug and in the future may naturally resume a wider distance circle in communicating from each other. Regardless of what may or may not happen into the future, I firmly believe all Australians with our determination and strength of spirit to overcome adversities will triumph the C-19 virus to where we will once again enjoy the freedoms of our Australian lives.
At this time, ASG is working to ensure all staff, our clients and visitors to ASG are advised of what actions we are taking to ensure we reduce any contamination of C-19.
The CEO requires the support of the staffing teams to ensure every step to reduce any potential risk of contamination of the working environment is taken and maintained. The CEO stresses he needs the support of the staffing teams to not only critically protect their selves and staff, but encourages all staff to take safety steps very seriously. Regardless of the media hype, the symptoms are fever and a cough, and flu like symptoms, with the person then isolating her or himself immediately then urgently seeking medical attention.
A staff member who thinks they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of C-19, should also monitor their health and seek urgent medical attention. Please refer to the following link https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert ASG encourages good personal hygiene practices. The work environment at ASG provides hand washing facilities in each work area, stocked with hand sanitisers, soap and cleaning supplies and encourages local area staff to ensure the work environment is kept clean and sanitised at all times.
ASG staff to regularly clean workstations especially phones, desks and keyboards including high-touch surfaces as door handles, backs of chairs and meeting tables. These actions are to reduce the risk of being contaminated.
The CEO stresses please do not come into work if you feel unwell with a cold or flu like symptoms, until you have sought medical advice. Staff taking time off from work are advised that they can access their personal leave or in case of nil leave being available – annual leave. Casual employees may obtain immediate Sickness Benefit financial support from Centrelink.
Working from home may be considered and can only be authorised in writing by the CEO. We seek staff support to take all necessary steps to protect our workplace and working environment. Those who are unwell are readily asked to go home and seek medical advice. Kindly note this ASG operational practice is put immediately into effect and until further notice is provided to ASG staff by the CEO. It may be a six-month period before Australia is ‘back to business’, but in the mean-time we will respect and care for our brothers and sisters, families and all of those who come into our individual worlds.
If staff have any further questions please raise them with the CEO. Kind Regards