COVID-Normal Daily Practice

This page has been developed to provide a quick staff reference to COVID-normal daily work practices.

Links to further information are included under each heading and will automatically update if the linked information is updated. Click on the arrow of each heading to see the detail underneath.

These practices may change along the way, so it is important to regularly check the following information and the associated links.

 

Symptom Checking

It is recommended that ALL staff monitor their temperature twice a day, ideally at least 8 hours apart.

All staff working on site at any of our facilities must complete a COVID-19 symptom self-screening to attest that they are well prior to commencing each shift. The electronic (or online) survey is the preferred way for staff to complete their daily symptom check.

paper based Symptom Check Log is available for staff who do not have access to a smartphone / tablet or computer. Talk to your manager about storage of completed forms.

Staff must not come in to work if they are unwell

Attendance Sheet

It is a requirement of the DHHS and Work Safe that daily attendance logs are completed by staff every day, for all shifts where staff are working on site at any Western Health facility for greater than 15 minutes.

The Daily Staff Attendance Log has now been added to the online Staff Symptom Check (Attestation) Survey. This will be a much simpler process as you will no longer need to fill out the paper-based attendance log when you are on site. From now, all staff members, students and contractors working on-site must complete the Staff COVID-19 Symptom Check & Attendance Log before the start of each shift.

A paper based Attendance Sheet is available for staff who do not have access to a smartphone/tablet or computer. Talk to your manager about storage of completed forms.

PPE

ALL staff are to comply with PPE requirements  Tier 1 – 3 as applicable

As a minimum, ALL staff across all sites, in all settings are required to wear a surgical mask.

As per 26 November Operations Bulletin, eye protection is still required as part of standard precautions, for staff working with patients suspected of COVID-19 and for staff working with patients undergoing aerosol generating procedures (AGBs), or aerosol generating behaviours (AGBs). Outside of these areas, the use of eye protection is now optional. Masks remain mandatory for all staff in all indoor settings.

All staff are encouraged to complete the Western Health Standard and Transmission Based Precautions Training Module and utilise the training materials and other information developed for the safe & correct use of PPE at Western Health.

Washing of Hands and Surfaces

ALL staff are to practice rigorous hand hygiene.

Shared work spaces, keyboards and telephones should also be cleaned at the beginning and end of day or session using Clinell wipes.

Physical Distancing

Where possible, maintain at least 1.5 metres between yourself & others, including in queues and break rooms and limit casual interactions to less than 15 minutes.

Meal Breaks

Do not eat or drink in clinical / ward areas or shared office spaces.

Wash hands before and after eating and follow the protocols for safe use of break rooms, including completing the break room log sheet, maintaining physical distancing, keeping to designated numbers of people in room at any one time, no communal food, and disinfecting your eating area before and after eating. For staff based in individual offices, eat lunch in office.

Utilise break-out spaces and marquees at Footscray & Sunshine Hospitals

COVID-Testing

Symptomatic & Asymptomatic COVID testing is available for Staff.

Staff can email or call the Helpdesk with questions about onset of COVID-19 symptoms, exposures to COVID-19, testing criteria or clinic information.

Staff Support

Western Health has a dedicated COVID-19 Staff Enquiries Helpdesk to respond to staff enquiries related to COVID-19. Staff can email whscovid-19staffclinicenquiries@wh.org.au or call the Helpdesk via Switch 8345 6666, choose option 1 for COVID – then request Staff Enquiries Helpdesk.

FAQs on leave and employment matters are available to all staff.

As needed, visit the Accessing Personal and Professional Support page for a detailed list of resources including wellness hubs, crisis support and counselling services. Staff can email WellbeingSupport@wh.org.au for information / advice on staff support services.