COVID-19 Information for Monash
Strategies that will be applied to ensure the safe return of staff and students to our campuses and centres
- If you feel unwell - don’t come to campus. Get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and stay home until you're clear(ed) to return.
- Physical distancing measures will be applied across the University.
- Practice good personal hygiene: Facilities will be in place for all students, staff and visitors to wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Keep hands away from your face (eyes, nose or mouth) after touching surfaces. Remember to cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow or a tissue.
- Face masks must be worn as per government directives. You must carry one at all times and wear it when travelling in a Monash vehicle including intercampus buses. Where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained, wearing a face mask is strongly recommended.
- Cleaning on campus will be significantly increased. A team of cleaners will wipe down all high-touch surfaces regularly throughout the day.
- Buildings ventilation systems have been adjusted to increase fresh air intake and the frequency of air changes in buildings throughout the day. Air filters are regularly maintained.
- Positive case notification and management systems include contact tracking and tracing, communications and deep cleaning processes.
- Work arrangements will be adjusted to include combinations of at-home and on-campus work. This will be arranged through local work scheduling, as necessary.
Staff and students will return to campus as Federal and State Governments’ COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
COVID-19 represents a recognised risk which needs to be managed, following the University’s Risk Management Procedure. This process follows the accepted approach of:
- Assessment; and
- Control, utilising the Hierarchy of Controls methodology.
Current evidence has identified two basic modes of transmission presenting a high risk of infection:
1. Infected person to person – controlled by
- Stay at home if presenting with symptoms or feel unwell e.g. fever, dry cough, tiredness, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Provide 2 m2 space per person, with 1.5 m minimum distance between persons
2. Infected person to surface to person – controlled by
- Increase good hygiene practices including frequent hand washing with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or use the hand sanitiser provided
- Increase effective cleaning regimes including cleaning down your workstations, computers, phone etc regularly with the wipes and cleaning sprays.
These controls are designed to reduce the likelihood of infection and have been incorporated into a generic risk assessment “Minimum requirements for a return to campus activities during the COVID-19 pandemic”. The risk assessment is identified in the SARAH WHS Risk Register as RA number 22199.
If for any reason these controls are not able to be applied, or if the risk level remains unacceptable, additional risk control measures must be identified through a customised risk assessment.
An additional risk assessment template has been developed to assist areas in assessing the suitability of control measures:
- Risk Assessment Template for assessing work with people with physical distances of less than 1.5 metres (RA number 22536)
Areas are encouraged to update their existing risk assessments rather than clone these templates. Areas are also reminded that these templates serve to assist in considering options but should not be considered prescriptive.
The previous risk framework 19214 titled "Generic risk framework for conducting work at Monash facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic" is effectively superseded by these documents and will be archived.
With the reactivation of Monash campuses and the gradual return to on-campus activities and face-to-face events, it is important to understand correct COVID safe practices. Everyone is responsible for ensuring infection control principles and COVID safe practices are applied.
The Monash COVID Safe Practices training video is an online module that can be accessed via myDevelopment that provides the knowledge to help ensure all Monash activities and events are conducted in line with the Monash COVID Safe Plan and current Government health directives and restrictions.
The module will provide everyone with the knowledge and understanding of basic infection control procedures to help create a safe environment for our staff, students and visitors. It includes information about the University’s eight key COVID Safe strategies and how they apply across the diversity of Monash’s activities and locations.
Please click on the following deep link to access the program