STES Response to COVID-19
Updated on: 1 September 2020
The STES Pandemic Response Plan has been created to prepare for respond to a pandemic outbreak such as COVID-19 in an appropriately and timely manner. Throughout this situation, STES is actively monitoring the situation and remains responsible for providing a safe working/training environment for staff and students.
Click here to read more about our Response Plan.
Our control strategies include:
- Not accepting students who has symptoms, has received oral/written notice from a responsible officer that the person has close contact, is awaiting for a test result after being tested or received a positive test and has not receive a certificate from a medical practitioner
- Minimise or eliminate the need for work travel, particularly to known risk areas
- Remind staff about the need to ensure good personal hygiene and encourage regular hand washing
- Provide clear advice about self-isolation periods following at-risk travel or contact with at-risk or unwell people, in accordance with advice from the Department of Health
- Instructions on actions staff should take if they have symptoms consistent with a virus, such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. These procedures can include medical clearance for return to work where appropriate
- Regular communication with staff/clients should the situation or organisational policies or procedures change
The prevention strategies we have adopted include:
- Staff/student are advised to avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms and will be asked to stay home if they are unwell
- During training, trainers and students will be seated at least 2.0m apart (if possible)
- Maintain a distance of 1.5-2.0m apart from others whenever possible
- Students will be asked not to share their stationeries
- Students will be asked to bring their own PPE (safety helmet/hard hat, glove, safety boots, safety glasses and hearing protection)
- Stagger lunch time and encourage everyone to have their meals outside the lunch room (if weather permits)
Currently there are no cases of infection reported at STES. In event where a staff or student does contract COVID-19, everyone that is present on that particular day will be contacted and the training facility will be closed and clean/disinfect. The employer of the student (if applicable) will be notified.
STES will follow the recommended procedure from Safe Work Australia (infographic)
The closest WA COVID clinic from STES is at Fiona Stanley Hospital (map).
We aim to provide a flexible arrangement for students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the travel restriction or self-isolation period. These students will be able to continue with their training at a later stage at no additional cost.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kamal Haddad at 08 9418 8555.