COVID-19 Video Updates for Workplaces

Presented by Dr. Graeme Edwards
Senior Consulting Physician, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

 

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COVID-19 Services for Workplaces

Explore our range of COVID-19 services to help workplaces manage their COVID-19 risk.

Proactive screening of large workforce’s is one measure a workplace can take when continuing to operate during the pandemic.

KINNECT can provide an onsite service to conduct workforce screening for COVID-19 risk factors – body temperate and signs/symptoms questioning, in addition to educating the workforce on risk mitigation strategies.

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It is inevitable that at some stage in the coming months, workplaces will have employees who recover from COVID-19 and will want to return to work.

Employers should have appropriate procedures in place to ensure that any employee returning to work following recovery from COVID-19 is safe to do so, without placing any other employees at risk.

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Employees may have pre-existing medical conditions that place them at increased health risk should they contract COVID-19.

It is important that employers, appropriately assess the individual health risk of each employee in order to identify employees that may require modifications to their job role in order to reduce their health risks associated with COVID-19.

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Given the recent events of COVID-19, Employers have the need to effectively monitor the health of their workforce daily, identify those with potential symptoms, all to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.

KINNECT have developed a COVID-19 health screening tool that can be used to evaluate an employees health status and COVID-19 risk daily. The screening tool is best used at the commencement of each shift, as it will identify those employees who are safe to proceed with their normal work duties and those that require medical attention and/or self-quarantine. The health declaration form can be used by team leaders and supervisors who are performing COVID-19 screening of their workforce each day.

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Given the recent events of COVID-19, Employers have the need to effectively manage and respond to, suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Provide your workforce with access to a 24/7 Hotline to receive expert medical advice and guidance with respect to suspected and/or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Prevent the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 within your workplace and mitigate further financial loss.

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Advice to Workplaces

Select from the below Questions to watch video:

General update on where Australia is at in the COVID-19 pandemic

How should workplaces manage social distancing in vehicles?

The number of COVID-19 cases in Australia is starting to slow. What does this mean for workplaces?

Should commonly touched surfaces be cleaned after each customer has used it (e.g. eftpos machine, self-service checkouts)?

When should people get the flu shot this year?

If an employee has COVID-19 and recovers, when is it appropriate for them to return to work?

If an employee presents to work with cold and flu symptoms, what should we do?

Do individuals who hold a current First Aid Certificate have the ability to refuse first aid due to the social distancing recommendations?

Are there any other recommendations individuals need to consider in order to safely provide First Aid?

What is community transmission?

Can children get COVID-19?

BCG vaccine and severity of COVID-19

What precautions should employers be taking if their workforce is working in remote environments such as mine sites?

What additional duty of care do employers have during the COVID-19 pandemic?

What sort of communication should employers be providing their workforce regarding COVID-19?

Why has spirometry testing been suspended?

If a spirometry and/or breath alcohol test is not completed as part of a pre-employment medical, what impact will this have on making a fitness for work determination?

What advice can you give on when to wear a face mask and the different types available?

What should we do if an employee has had contact with a suspected case of COVID-19?

What advice can you give employers on how to effectively screen COVID-19 risk quickly and efficiently?

How do we ensure our employees with pre-existing medical conditions are not placed at increased health risk during COVID-19?

Should I be checking the body temperature of staff at the start of their shift?

Are there any extra precautions workplaces should consider?

What to do if an employee is feeling unwell?

What if an employee tests positive to COVID-19?

Should Occ Health Professionals wear extra PPE (face masks etc.)

Should workplaces be doing workforce screening for each shift?

What social distancing measures should workplaces follow?

How long does the virus stay active on different surfaces?

How should we be cleaning PPE at work (hard hats, safety glasses)?

How will getting the Flu Vaccine help with the COVID-19 outbreak?

Considerations for People with Silicosis?

STRATEGIES FOR MAINTAINING THE HEALTH OF YOUR WORKFORCE DURING COVID-19

Learn about the recommended strategies employers should adopt in order to reduce their COVID-19 risks and ensure the health and safety of their workforce.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR WORKPLACES

Prepare your Workforce Plan

Manage the fear and anxiety among the people associated with your business – your team, suppliers and your clients.

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Clean Hands Protect against Infection

Protect yourself

  • Clean your hands regularly.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
  • Use alcohol-based handrub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.

How to handwash

For further information please visit the World Health Organization.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

For additional information please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

Our knowledge concerning this virus is rapidly changing. Every effort is made to give pragmatic timely information relevant to the phase of the pandemic at the time of the recording. Please refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the current advice in Australia, and your regional health authority for relevant recommendations in your jurisdiction.

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Who is Dr. Graeme Edwards?

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Dr. Graeme Edwards

Senior Consulting Physician
Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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Dr. Edwards is a Senior Consulting Physician with extensive experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His experience of over 25 years includes working as a consultant and medical adviser for a wide variety of companies and industries.

 

Dr. Edwards’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science from The University of Queensland. As part of his education, Dr. Edward’s wrote a thesis in Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology specialising in pain. His current work includes being a Queensland representative for The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Council and the Director of Work & Health Risk Management.

 

Dr. Edward’s recently represented the AFOEM at a silicosis working group. The working group comprised of representatives from Queensland Health, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy as well as a number of medical organisations. The group was developed to provide a response to the unfolding silicosis crisis1.

 

This response included a Queensland Government audit where hundreds of stonemasons were referred for lung testing. This testing was conducted by Dr. Graeme Edwards alongside other prominent Occupational and Environmental Physicians2,3.

 

Dr. Edwards will be providing KINNECT with Occupational and Environmental Physician services to complement our existing occupational medical service offering. Together with Dr. Edwards, KINNECT look forward to assisting more people remain healthy and safe at work.

 

  1. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/silicosis-working-group-to-meet-for-first-time-20190227-p510kk.html
  2. https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/millions-in-funding-to-support-national-action-pla
  3. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-21/silicosis-death-dust-audit-reveals-major-epidemic-worse-asbestos/10830452

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