With COVID-19 restrictions easing around South Australia, there are some practical steps businesses can take to ensure they maintain a safe and clean environment for their customers.
Along with a COVID Safe Plan and ensuring staff are using the COVID Safe app, COVID Clean training will help protect staff, customers and the wider community.
A recent participant in the training, Jennifer Miller from Drakes Supermarkets said COVID Clean gave her insight into maintaining a COVID safe workplace, and said other businesses should undertake the program.
“If you think of somebody in our delis, or in our fruit and veg section, if they’ve done that training it would give customers a little bit more comfort,” she said.
“They’ve actually done something recently to increase their skill and knowledge.”
The nationally recognised training educates participants in a range of topics including hand hygiene practices, effective surface cleaning, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disposal of contaminated waste.
COVID Clean training is available for up to 5,500 customer-facing workers across retail, hospitality, tourism, cleaning, security, transport and logistics industries.
Funded through the Federal Government’s $80 million Infection Control Training Fund and $2.67 million in matched funding from the State Government, the training is delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), and only requires a co-contribution of $15 per enrolment by the individual or their employer.
Miller said the training helped her identify new ways to ensure her areas were as safe as possible.
“I use a disinfectant spray, and to know that that’s not really going to do what I need it to do, and I needed to use a more hands-on cleaning process was excellent,” she said.
“We got a statement of attainment for the training that we’ve done, and the aim is to, not so much advertise, but hold us in high regard that we’ve been able to do it successfully and achieve an outcome.
“I would tell other businesses to definitely do it.”
The Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said there has already been a large interest COVID Clean and the program is essential in supporting jobs in South Australia.
“The State Government is encouraging all customer facing businesses across the state to undertake this COVID Clean training program to ensure businesses are operating in a COVID safe environment,” he said.
COVID Clean training is available to Australian or New Zealand citizens, permanent Australian residents or eligible visa holders who are 16 years or older and not enrolled in school.
To find a training provider delivering COVID Clean, go to: www.skills.sa.gov.au/business/covid-clean-training
For more COVID-19 information and support for businesses: https://business.sa.gov.au/COVID-19-business-information-and-support