CV is a national trade services group based in Hendra, Brisbane. The group provides a broad range of complementary offerings including electrical design and construction, electrical infrastructure, visual solutions and asset services. Safety is always at the forefront for CV and in order to make sure our over than 200 employees were able to safely return to the Hendra office and manufacturing facility, a structured COVID Safe program was essential.
Taking into consideration Safe Work Australia’s information for workplaces on how to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the transformation of CV’s Hendra office to ensure it complies was rapidly progressed. Along with the increased measures of workplace cleaning, using WHS risk management to drive the change the measures included a range of soft measures (e.g. increased cleaning frequency and availability of sanitisers) and hard measure (e.g. signage and workstation “sneeze” guards).
Media & Signage, the visual solution business in the CV group, developed a suite of signs and equipment to ensure that the workplace meets the COVID Safe requirements. The suite of signage included entrance signs outlining workplace protocols; hygiene decals in bathrooms and kitchens as a visual reminder on thorough hand-washing; meeting room, office and workstation POD decals informing the number of people allowed in each space; and social distancing decals in high foot traffic areas such as the reception and kitchen to eliminate congregating in these locations.
Automatic hand sanitiser stations, incorporating brochure holders, allows CV to drive home not just the hygiene message, but also provide a prime spot to communicate with the CV team. Reception and desk “sneeze” guards were manufactured in house at CV Media & Signage’s state-of-the-art manufacturing and print facility. The reception “sneeze” guards provide valuable protection for the CV team members against respiratory exposure through people talking, coughing and sneezing.
With workplace PODs containing four workstations at CV, maintaining the 1.5 metres social distancing requirement and 4 square metres of space was going to be a challenge. Installing clear acrylic desk “sneeze” guards between each workstation has allowed all team members to return to the office.
The signage and acrylic guards are a critical part of a broader COVID Safe program for the CV group as they seek to use innovation to ensure all team members can work in a COVID Safe manner.