COVID Safety Plan

Neverland Tails COVID Safety Plan
Current as of: 22/09/2023

⦁ Introduction
This plan provides members of the Neverland Tails team guidance on operating in a COVID-safe way, and helps identify and mitigate risks during the ongoing pandemic.

⦁ Purpose and objectives
Neverland Tails is dedicated to the health, safety and wellbeing of all team members, contractors and visitors. In this pandemic environment, we acknowledge additional precautions are required and that these are outlined in this COVID Safety Plan.

⦁ Physical distancing
While acknowledging the nature of medical care means maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 m with a patient is not always possible, our practice will put in place physical distancing measure by:
⦁ providing training to all members of the team
⦁ taping a line on the floor 1.5 m from all people’s chair/desk as a physical indicator
⦁ minimizing team member congestion in the studio by:
⦁ limiting the number of people on the premises at any one time
⦁ spacing furniture in the studio

⦁ Use of personal protective equipment
Appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19. All members of the practice team will:
⦁ ensure standard precautions, including hand hygiene, cough etiquette and appropriate waste-management techniques, are maintained
⦁ be trained in donning and doffing PPE
⦁ dispose of all used PPE in accordance with standard precautions.

⦁ Environmental management and cleaning
Neverland Tails will regularly clean and disinfect shared spaces, surfaces and communal items. We will:
⦁ enhance air flow by opening windows and doors in shared spaces (where and when appropriate) and optimizing fresh air flow in air conditioning systems (by maximizing the intake of outside air and reducing or avoiding recirculation of air)
⦁ minimize the volume of equipment in the studio to reduce the cleaning burden and risk of transmission
⦁ adhere to strict environmental cleaning as per the most current advice from the Department of Health’s ⦁ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for health and residential care facilities or our local public health unit
⦁ clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with detergent and disinfectant wipe/solution between each order – using a cleaning detergent followed by a disinfectant, or a two-in-one product with cleaning and disinfecting properties
⦁ require team members who are cleaning an area or equipment possibly exposed to SARS-CoV-2 to wear fresh non-contaminated gloves, a surgical mask, and eye protection

⦁ Practice team management and limiting interactions in closed spaces
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between Neverland Tails team members, we will:

⦁ regularly communicate with all team members regarding the requirement to not attend the studio if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of how mild, and will encourage testing in line with local public health unit advice
⦁ check the temperature of each Neverland Tails team member on commencement of work. Where the person registers a temperature >37.5°C they will not enter the studio and will be asked to seek further medical review
⦁ support any team member who tests positive for COVID-19, or is identified as a close contact or is required to self-isolate – including by making them aware of their leave entitlements
⦁ where a team member typically works across a number of sites within the business, minimize movement between sites by scheduling shifts at one location (where possible)
⦁ encourage physical distancing in common areas, through organization of furniture, floor markings and signage
⦁ encourage all team members to provide their own drinking vessels and cutlery
⦁ require all team members to thoroughly clean communal items (eg cutlery) immediately after use by washing with hot water and detergent or by placing them in the dishwasher to be washed on the hottest possible setting
⦁ ban the sharing of food on site (eg cake and dips).

⦁ Responding to a positive case, or close contact, in the Neverland Tails team
If a member of the team tests positive to COVID-19, our studio will:
⦁ contact the local public health unit and follow their advice
⦁ follow the direction of the local public health unit regarding cleaning of the practice
⦁ ensure the team member does not return to the practice until they meet the criteria for release from isolation, and as instructed by the local public health unit