This COVIDSafe Plan describes the actions that ANSTO will take to keep our staff, contractors and visitors safe and minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infection.
This COVIDSafe Plan applies to all ANSTO Campuses.
The risk of COVID-19 infections in Australia have been minimised through community lock downs, isolation protocols and contact tracing, but it has not been eradicated. It will be important to continue operations in a COVIDSafe manner. ANSTO takes a risk based approach that uses the hierarchy of control and concurrent layers of control to minimise the risk to workers and others on our Campuses.
ANSTO has implemented a COVIDSafe Working Group with Executive engagement to monitor the emerging Government advice, community issues and the response actions to be taken by ANSTO. This Working Group is supported by ANSTO Subject Matter Experts and support functions.
Local teams may wish to review their particular operations and implement additional controls for minimising the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 or update their Business Resilience Plans
Wellbeing of People
- Persons that are unwell must not attend Campus
- All workers that are unwell or experiencing cold and flu/ COVID symptoms are to stay at home and seek a COVID test/ medical advice.
- Persons that have been tested for COVID or are experiencing symptoms must lodge a report via the ANSTO COVID online reporting tool
- Visitors and contractors are permitted to attend Campus. Visitors must complete the AF-5259 ANSTO Visitor and Emergency Pass Declaration Form.
- Collaborators and platform users are allowed onsite after risk assessment for their actions have been conducted.
- Domestic staff travel is permitted, following a review of destination COVID status (travel restrictions and requirements) and any state border restrictions. All staff travelling must abide by airport and airline COVIDSafe protocols.
- COVID-19 Risk Management Course is available in the ANSTO Learning Management System
- Provide additional detailed COVID-19 information for staff via the ANSTO Intranet and ANSTO Work Health & Safety Management System
- ANSTO Employee Assistance/ Manager Assist Program is available for staff and immediate family
- Use of swipe in/ sign-in/ QR Codes for special events
- Eliminate communal catering for meetings, training or other purposes. Arrange individual packs if catering is required.
- Signage in place across Campuses Conditions of entry available at Reception
- Site Social Club outdoor sport has recommenced. Sports activities require a documented SWMES which includes cleaning requirements. Advice on suitable cleaning requirements is documented in AG-7854 Managing the risks of return to work following COVID-19 Shutdowns.
- Campus response arrangements have been detailed in the Occupational Health Management section of the ANSTO Work Health and Safety Management System. ANSTO will also follow advice provided by the relevant State Authorities in response to a positive COVID-19 infection.
- ANSTO Campuses are back to onsite working arrangements
- Where individuals have recognised an ongoing benefit to working from home arrangements the normal processes should be implemented as per AG-3193 Flexible Working Arrangements and AP- 1985 Working from Home.
- ANSTO will provide digital dial-in options for meetings
- Face to Face training has resumed. A SWMES must be in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID. ANSTO LMS E-Learns remain available.
- All persons to maintain 1.5m physical distance from others (as much as possible) Workers are to not shake hands or exchange physical greetings
- Signage posting room occupancy limits (based on 1 person per 2m2)
- Where hot desking/ shared workstations occurs, daily cleaning of surfaces is required Where it has been implemented, continue to offer mail-in-sample services.
Hygiene and Cleaning
- All persons are to observe personal cough and sneeze etiquette, handwashing/ sanitising Signage and posters regarding handwashing and cough etiquette
- Increase the frequency of cleaning. Additional disinfection of surfaces
- ANSTO provides hand & hygiene sanitiser stations at building entries and other key locations
- Provide additional cleaning materials in common use areas such as meeting rooms, utilities rooms, kitchen/ tea rooms
- Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels
- Stores provisions of additional COVID-19 supplies: hand sanitiser, face masks, gloves, tissues, surface wipes and other cleaning supplies
- Face masks are not mandatory for ANSTO Workplaces, unless specified as a local control. Workers may still choose to wear a face mask if they wish.
- Face masks are strongly encouraged on the ANSTO shuttle bus service in line with current NSW Health Guidelines.
- The ANSTO COVID-19 online self-reporting tool Internal ANSTO Intranet – COVID-19 pages ANSTO Website COVID-19 Updates
- ANSTO Work Health and Safety Management System Risk assessment and consultation
- Regular review and, if necessary, revision of risk assessments/ action plans.
- Security swipe access to contact trace movements of workers if confirmed COVID-19 case Recording of visitors/ Emergency Pass contractors via the visitors declaration form
- ANSTO supports the use of the Australian Government COVIDSafe app for all staff and visitors
- Incident reporting and notification to Comcare if required
Triggers for Review of this Plan
A local hotspot as declared by State Health Authorities that may impact ANSTO campuses or activities
A change in the state or federal Public Health Order(s)
An instance of a positive COVID result for persons associated with ANSTO (worker/ contractor/ visitor)
- World Health Organisation – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Australian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Smarttraveller NSW Government Department of Health COVID-19
- Victorian Department of Health and Human Affairs - Coronavirus Safe Work Australia Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for employers
- Australian Government. 2020. Office of the Australian Information Commissioner - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Understanding your privacy obligations to your staff