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Return to 60 Greenhill Road

The health and wellbeing of SACE Board staff is key to transitioning back to the office with hygiene and social distancing measures paramount. 

In bringing together the recommendations from the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, SafeWork SA, and SA Health, along with your survey responses, we have implemented the following measures.  

Shared spaces (including meeting rooms)

In keeping with guidelines relating to 1.5m physical distancing and limits of one person per 2sqm (as of Monday 29June), the following is being implemented: 

  • Restrictions on the number of people permitted in shared spaces
  • Signage to indicate maximum number of people per shared space
  • Removal of excess furniture  
  • 1.5m distancing indicated by dots on the tables

Provision of cleaning products to facilitate cleaning of shared spaces after use

If you are unable to find a meeting room that can accommodate the number of people required to attend, please continue to schedule meetings using MS Teams or Zoom.

Restrictions have been implemented to ensure adequate physical distancing is possible. Please do not add additional furniture to increase the capacity.

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Signage

Additional signs have been placed around the building to remind us all of our responsibilities regarding good hygiene and physical distancing.

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Cleaning stations

You’ll notice cleaning stations in meeting rooms, common areas and workspaces. Please use these materials to wipe down surfaces after use. Corporate Services will continue to periodically wipe down high traffic items like door handles and lift buttons and additional professionally cleaning is still occurring. 

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Hand sanitiser

Additional hand sanitiser has been placed around the building, including in all meeting rooms and common areas. Please contact Corporate Services if you require additional hand sanitiser. 

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Workstations

Investigation has taken place to ensure adequate physical distancing can take place within workspaces. Most workstations are 1.5m apart when a person is sitting facing their screen – back to back and over the top of the spine / partition. In a few instances, this will not be possible without some changes. Those people whose workstations are affected will be contacted immediately to determine the best way forward prior to their return to the office.  

There may, however, be times where this distance is diminished (e.g. when turning to talk to another team member). Please consider whether another space might be more suitable for the conversation (e.g. use a meeting room or stand where the 1.5m can be maintained) it’s probably less likely to disturb those around you too .

Cleaning stations are also located in workspaces and we encourage staff to wipe down their workstations daily. It is recommended that you do not share your workstation at this time.  

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Kitchens

A limited number of people are allowed to use the kitchen facilities/ areas at any one time and signage has been displayed which provide you with that information. Kitchen equipment and surfaces will be cleaned by a cleaner overnight every day.  

Disinfectant wipes are available for staff to wipe down equipment such as coffee machines and microwaves before and after use.  

We are recommending that staff try to stagger their breaks to reduce congestion and avoid a line-up around or outside kitchen areas.  

The cutlery, crockery etc in the kitchen will be cleaned in the dishwasher at a hot temperature with detergent. Some staff may wish to wash cutlery or crockery themselves prior to using it even when taking it from the draws and cupboards. Alternatively, staff are welcomed to bring their own cutlery and crockery from home.

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Fleet cars

Fleet cars are limited to two occupants. In accordance with recommendations, occupants should be seated in the driver seat and rear passenger side. Cleaning materials are available in the cars and should be used to wipe down surfaces when you have finished with the vehicle. A checklist to support this process is provided in these vehicles.

Fleet car keys are now kept in Corporate Services. 

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Vulnerable people

We will also continue to support our vulnerable people or those caring for vulnerable people. The following people are considered to be vulnerable by Safe Work Australia:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
  • 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • Employees 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • Employees 70 years and older.
  • People with compromised immune systems.

People in these groups should talk to their doctor about what is appropriate for them. Please then talk directly with your line manager regarding your specific arrangements.

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Feeling unwell?

If you feel unwell you should not attend the workplace and access your sick leave entitlements or discuss flexible working options with your line manager if you still feel well enough to work remotely (e.g. work from home).  

If you are in the workplace and feel unwell you must:  

  • advise a line manager as soon as is practical
  • organise transport home.  

If a line manager identifies that an employee is unwell, the line manger may direct the staff member to go home. 

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A checklist of things we can all do for a safe working environment

We all play a part in making 60 Greenhill Road a place we are comfortable sharing. Here’s what you can do:

  • Talk to your line manager if you self-identify as a vulnerable person or are caring for or living with a vulnerable person
  • If you are feeling unwell, do not go to the office
  • If you are well enough to work, then do so remotely. If not, please access available leave and stay home
  • Maintain physical distancing when working together
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Follow restrictions on the number of people allowed in common areas and meeting rooms at one time
  • Clean common areas (like meeting rooms) after use with the products provided.

Support each other as we make this next change to the way we work. We appreciate that for some employees being around groups of people when travelling to and from the office (such as public transport), getting into a lift, walking past others in the corridor, and generally being around colleagues in the office may take some time to get used to. It is important that we are mindful of everyone’s varying comfort levels as we re-acclimatise to working from the office and our respect of people’s various personal preferences. 

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