The Boys’ Brigade WA is committed to ensuring the safety and well being of our members, and as such, with the current Coronavirus emergency continuing to escalate, we feel it is important to provide information to you that is relevant in your role as a Leader.
Cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reported in many countries around the world, including Australia. We are following closely the WA, Australian and International Health Advisory Bulletins on the COVID-19 outbreak.
We ask all Boys and Leaders to:
- Pay attention to hand hygiene. Wash hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating, and avoid touching their face.
- Practice cough etiquette by coughing or sneezing into an elbow or using a tissue, to then dispose of the tissue into a bin and wash hands afterwards.
- Avoid close contact with others, such as touching, shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
- Regularly wipe down surfaces.
- If you feel unwell, develops a fever or shortness of breath, a cough, sore throat or respiratory illness do not go to Boys’ Brigade – contact your doctor.
You can keep up to date with the latest information and resources via the links in the resource list below.
As the situation in regards of cases of Coronavirus is evolving rapidly please use the available resources to keep informed of the latest updates. As at 13 March 2020, here are some good resources.
- We recommend that Boys’ Brigade Leaders watch this video produced by ABC’s Behind the News program. It’s useful in the way that it answers questions on a child’s level.
- Government of WA Department of Health COVID-19 website.
- SmartTraveller Website.
- Australian Government Department of Health.
Risk Management Plan
We ask all Leaders when preparing any Risk Management Plan to include the controls around COVID-19.
Identify the Hazard: COVID -19 (Coronavirus)
What is the harm? Contracting of the virus
What Is the risk? High
- Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence.
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
- Covering any cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol based hand sanitiser.
- Hand washing Posters to be displayed in all toilets, kitchens and wet areas.
- Monitoring of all adult or youth members and if they feel unwell (any flu like symptoms) or develops a fever or shortness of breath, a cough, sore throat or respiratory illness, the emergency contact will be asked immediately to attend and take them home to attend GP.
By whom? Leader in Charge and Leaders
Reassesses the risk: Medium