From July 3, Queensland enters Stage 3 of the state government’s step-down approach to COVID-19.
As the last phase of the Roadmap to Easing Restrictions, Stage 3 permits a maximum of 100 people for a range of activities, including dining-in, health & fitness, and public gatherings, and authorises the opening of registered and licensed venues.
Whether you are reopening your premises, or you have been open for some time, here are 5 things to consider for safe business operations on July 3 and beyond.
1. Clear and concise cleaning plan
One of the key requirements for open businesses is frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection. This includes regularly wiping down frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, counters, and chair backs.
During busy periods it may be easy to assume that someone else will take care of this, only to realise later that everyone else had thought the same. Avoid this by ensuring you have established and communicated clear roles and expectations for cleaning!
2. Use hospital-grade disinfectants
While sanitising and cleaning throughout the day is very important, supermarket disinfectants do not kill COVID-19 or other major viruses.
To ensure your premises is disinfected from COVID-19, professional misting with a hospital-grade disinfectant, like CMBM’s Nanocyn Disinfectant & Sanitiser, is a must.
Nanocyn is TGA registered to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), as well as E.coli, MRSA, Influenza Viruses, Streptococcus and more.
CMBM’s disinfection cleaning services also come with a certificate that can be displayed on your premises.
3. Identify high traffic areas
Do you have narrow spaces or areas that can create bottlenecks on your site? Is there adequate space for customers to physically distance while queuing?
Identify high traffic areas and make use of queuing systems and physical distancing markers and adjust the floor layout where possible.
4. Make practising good hygiene easy for your customers
Provide hand sanitiser and wipes for your customers in convenient locations, such as at entrances, exits, and counters. Make sure they are clearly signed. This is mandatory for dine-in, beauty therapy, and nail salon businesses.
CMBM can supply your business with sanitisation stations and wall-mounted wet wipe dispensers to make practising good hygiene easy for your customers and staff. Contact us to order today.
5. Plan for crowds where possible
If your business experiences higher foot traffic during certain periods, such as the Queensland school holidays (commencing June 27th), ensure you have adequate capacity for conducting business safely.
This may include rostering additional staff, increasing your cleaning capacity, or ensuring you have enough hand sanitiser and face masks in supply.
Are you prepared for Stage 3 of the State Government’s Easing of Restrictions?
CMBM can assist your business with disinfection cleaning support and smart hygiene solutions to ensure safe and smooth business operations. Contact us today on 1800 26 26 37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Please note: This article was written with regards to the State Government’s Roadmap to Easing Queensland’s Restrictions, and is correct as of June 24th, 2020. CMBM Facility Services aim to share government updates as they occur, however we recommend checking directly here to ensure you have the most correct information for your business.
In most cases, heavy penalties will apply if there is a serious injury or death on your property due to your building failing to meet compliance regulations.
Here are 5 compliance documents you should be aware of –
1. Fire and Evacuation Plan
All buildings require a formal Fire and Evacuation Plan developed under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. The plan must always be kept onsite, and your wardens and evacuation team must be familiar with the process should a fire arise.
Additionally, your fire and evacuation signs must be displayed prominently in all common areas and short-term letting units. They must also be reviewed every five years or after any major change to the building.
2. Occupiers Statement
An Occupiers Statement confirms that your building’s prescribed fire safety installations have been maintained in accordance with the relevant maintenance standards.
The Statement must be signed by a representative of the body corporate, such as an occupier or committee member, and a copy sent annually to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Copies must also be kept both onsite and offsite.
Other fire records need to be kept onsite and offsite, and readily available for QFES inspection, include:
- Training records
- Evacuation practice record
- Records of maintenance of all fire assets
- Certificate of classification
3. Asbestos Register
If your building was constructed on or prior to 31 December 1989, you may be required to maintain an asbestos register. The register should clearly indicate the location of the asbestos and detail your Asbestos Management Plan. You can find out more about obtaining an asbestos register here.
4. WH&S Compliance Plan
The ABMA Building Management Code (Australian Building Management Accreditation) states that the Body Corporate WHS Plan must be reviewed at least annually to ensure compliance. The review must include a reflection upon the adequacy and relevance of the WHS Plan throughout the past year.
The Plan must be reviewed and adequately updated if a Notifiable Incident occurs during the year, such as a serious slip or fall injury, or there is any “change to the workplace”. The latter may consist of:
- Alterations to common property
- Change of Committee or Nominated Representative of the Committee
- Change of building manager
- Any adverse event occurring on the common property (e.g. flood, storm, machinery breakdown, security breach).
Ensure your WH&S compliance is covered for slip and fall injuries with our non-slip surfacing treatments.
5. Certificates of Compliance
Under certain State and Council requirements, as well as Schedule 5 (Part 2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, you need to have the following certifications for your building:
- Lifts, escalators and moving walkways
- Stairwell pressurisation
- Certain boilers and pressure vessel components (find out more)
- Residential current devices
- Backflow prevention devices
CMBM recently undertook an ISO Certification Assessment to be formally Certified under the new International accreditation standards. As a result we have achieved accreditation for Safety, Quality and Environmental aspects:
- ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems
- ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems
- AS/NZS 4801:2001 OH&S Management Systems
ISO is an international body that standardises how businesses and organisations involved in commerce and industry manage information and processes. An ISO certification ensures that the applicable management systems conform with all the requirements for standardisation, safety, quality and environmental assurance.
CMBM operations are Quality Assured and our high level of compliance directly reduces the risk associated with our operations. This provides our clients with less risk and credible compliance through improved systems, processes and safety, and reducing our impact on the environment as an organisation.
We look forward to the positive benefits for both staff and customers of CMBM Facility Services across Queensland today and in the future.