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    COVID-19, is your workplace essential?

    I assume there must be a list.....

    Been advised that our business falls in the category of Life Sustaining or Essential in all countries we operate in.

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    ScoMo put out a list of further restrictions last night.
    As for my work, still essential. We supply to the medical facilities (doctors, dentists, vets, hospitals, aged care), as well as scientific products. Then there is the industrial range, and material handling (fuel for forklifts). So we are pretty well hedged, but the retail operations will be interesting to see what happens. Whether we operate as a distribution point only, and scale back all retail goods.
    For now we allow the unwashed masses into the showroom where we have set up a holding pen, before letting them any closer, and only if need be.
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    Scomo also mentioned last night that everyone with a job is essential. I think its just delaying the inevitable lock down - in that case the essential jobs will (should) be medical, police, food supply, power, water, fuel, transport and distribution.
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    My house mate works for Home Affairs at the Canberra Airport business park - all the Senior Exec and senior managers are now working from home but the plebs still have to go to work. Layout in the workspace is unchanged but still probably meets the 1.5m rule, it is BYO hand sanitizer (you tried getting that lately) - the workplace is not providing any.

    I teleconference was supposed to be setup for 9 yesterday morning - work at home boss was late getting on the line - still having breakfast at home and feeding the kids while the Plebs actually at work are expected to be actually working. My Housemate receives a message from his "work at home boss" at 6 last asking how the day went - he just got home so said he just ignored it.

    In reality by myself, even if I go out I am unlikely to catch the virus given I am at home most of the time now and take the usual precautions when I go out, but my House Mate is concerned because of the poor hygiene practices at his work he could pick it up and pass it on. As he lives on the bottom floor of my house, we considering banning him from upstairs - he has his own bathroom and entrance (backdoor) downstairs and mainly eats takeaway while upstairs I have the main entrance, kitchen and separate bathroom - so we can stay separate in my house.

    All unnecessary if his workplace took the virus more seriously.

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    Yep, considered essential.

    The downside is we're often exposed to the seething masses. COVID-19, is your workplace essential?

    I'm going through sanitiser like it's going out of fashion.
    My clothes are stripped off and thrown in the wash as soon as I get home now.
    From tonight I'll be jumping in the shower as soon as I get home too, but I think catching it is inevitable....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick130 View Post
    Yep, considered essential.

    The downside is we're often exposed to the seething masses. COVID-19, is your workplace essential?

    I'm going through sanitiser like it's going out of fashion.
    My clothes are stripped off and thrown in the wash as soon as I get home now.
    From tonight I'll be jumping in the shower as soon as I get home too, but I think catching it is inevitable....
    Essential as well.

    We are still flat out,but thankfully we donít do a lot where there are masses of people,but we do quite a bit around hospitals.

    That hand sanitiser is very difficult to get hold of,although many sites have it everywhere.

    The chemist had some very small bottles of it on sale,I bought $10 of them at $10 each,should last everyone until the end of the week,so need to hunt around for more.At those prices they are gouging.

    We ordered some off the web,but it wonít be here until first week of April.And I bet it gets delayed.

    Woolies did have some,but it was soap and alcohol free,so I left it on the shelf,as did everyone else.
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    The Fuel & Gas parts of the business are considered essential.
    Currently we are still open as per a normal Roadhouse, if the situation in Doomadgee changes I will shut down everything except Fuel & Gas.
    I will cut back to myself & 1 staff member.
    That will make me/us very unpopular but you got to do what you got to do.

    Some people are so Dumb, I had 2 young female German Tourist turn up here on Monday wanting to know why the couldn't drive to the NT?
    I told them to go to Cloncurry or Mt Isa & just stay there.
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    Parts of what we do is essential but not all, so quite grey at the moment. Itís a day by day proposition for us and my job at the moment, although I think I may be ok now (famous last words) COVID-19, is your workplace essential?


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    Yep. Carting components for stock feed, etc. (Lime, urea, and so on).
    Also cross state border 2 or sometimes 3 times per day.
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    We have been classified essential also.
    To cease operations will result in complete failures of refractory and plant.

    Operations here are now compartmentalised- no physical interactions across crews, no common work areas, no physical proximity.

    Management levels are isolated - I can not physically cross shifts or work areas - can not interact face to face.

    We have operational redundancy in place.
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