June 10, 2020
Over the last 14 days Global Resource Recovery (GRR) was operating on a restricted basis.
This was due to reduced staffing within our operations employees. These employees were directed to self-isolate following contact tracing interviews with the two infected employees, who contracted COVID 19 via social contact, which was traced to a person who had tested positive, outside our workplace.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 Response Group, Hygiene team has visited our site.
DHHS made no direction for GRR to close the facility and has made no recommendations for changes to GRR COVID-19 Social Distancing Policy & Procedures and existing management plan.
The Department also positively noted that we had proactively undertaken a follow up deep clean activity, and this has been recorded.
GRR Operations Management have conferred with DHHS and we are pleased to confirm all employees who were requested to isolate have been tested then retested with validated negative results along with a written clearance from DHHS.
Therefore, we are delighted to advise that our team has returned to work today – June 10 and our Laverton North site has resumed full operations.
Their return will be supported by an enhanced GRR COVID 19 operating plan, which includes additional cleaning requirements, staggered breaks, additional PPE, such as masks for laboratory staff and amended procedures for receiving and collecting samples.
Again, thank you for your patience, cooperation and support and we apologise for any inconvenience this last 14 days may have caused and should you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to consult your GRR representative.
May 30, 2020
On Thursday May 28, Global Resource Recovery (GRR) was notified that two operations staff members from the Laverton North site, tested positive to COVID-19. A Government Health Authority representative confirmed that this infection was the result of social contact outside the workplace.
On Friday evening May 29, a Department of Health and Human Services senior representative advised that they would be contacting employees from the Laverton site operations team directing them to isolate until June 9. The Department has made no direction for GRR to close the facility.
Following this advice, in an abundance of caution, GRR made the decision to temporarily close the Laverton North facility, as a precautionary measure on May 29 voluntarily. Now we are operating on a restricted basis.
This directive for employees to self-isolate followed contact tracing interviews with the infected employees on Friday 29 May. On the same day, there was a site visit from the Department’s COVID-19 Response Group, Hygiene team. GRR were advised that this is now the standard COVID-19 response protocol, which enables the Department to make any recommendations for return to work and help identify any follow up tracing activity they may wish to progress.
Following the site visit, the following feedback was provided to GRR Management:
- The Department was grateful for the cooperation and access to all areas on our site.
- There were no concerns raised in relation to measures GRR is taking to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19.
- The Department made no recommendations for changes to GRR COVID-19 Social Distancing Policy & Procedures.
- An offer was extended to return to site to demonstrate hygiene practices, such as hand wash techniques and duration.
- The Department positively noted that we had proactively undertaken a deep clean activity, and this has been recorded.
GRR is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to follow comprehensive measures to manage business continuity and worker and customer safety & well-being, which have been implemented across our business as follows:
- Regular updates and information provided to all workers across the business
- Reminders in relation to hygiene and social distancing accompanied by hygiene instructions
- Additional cleaning protocols implemented
- Visitor access to all sites restricted to waste delivery/collection activities such as essential maintenance and repairs only
- Worker movement between sites restricted
- Travel restrictions
- Protocols for managing workers who display flu-like symptoms in the workplace have been developed and implemented
- Workers who can are working remotely
- Separation of groups of workers and lunchroom/washroom facilities to minimise across site infection
- Restrictions on external meetings
- Limited internal meetings