COVIDSafe at BCL

As we continue to react to changes throughout the pandemic, it is important to ensure that we continue to remain compliant, specifically to BCL owned buildings and working with the building managers of our leased buildings.

It is mandatory for all Victorian businesses (including all BCL occupants in chambers, barristers and clerks as sole trading businesses) to ensure we are all sharing the joint responsibility under our individual COVIDSafe plans.

Click here to view the BCL COVIDSafe Plan.

What to do if you test positive

Notify BCL and the Victorian Bar
Notify your contacts

Tell your contacts you have COVID-19. If you have been in chambers this will include the members on your floor.

Report the result to the Department of Health

Click here to complete the self reporting form or call 1800 675 398.

Follow the checklist for COVID-19 cases

Click here to view the COVID-19 checklist provided by the Department of Health.

Healthy Building Improvements

Air Filtration & Quality Monitoring

We continue to review and work with both our contractor Grosvenor Engineering Group and building managers (who have referred to their own advisors) to provide compliant healthy building upgrade advice including:

Air Filtration System Upgrade

What has been upgraded?

We upgraded the existing return air filter banks from the current 40-45% average efficiency to 90-95% average efficiency.

Do the air filtration filters meet minimum requirements?

All air filtration filters meet or exceed the WBS (Well Building Standards) minimum requirement for filtration of outside air (F7/MERV 13) and the (NAFA) National Air Filtration Association efficiency class filters in commercial buildings.

What about BCL leased properties?

We are working with the building managers for leased properties (under advice from their advisors) to ensure air filtration systems meet or exceed the WBS (Well Building Standards) minimum requirement for filtration.

What is the benefit to occupants?

These more efficient filters provide better protection against virus survival conditions which are temperature and humidity dependent in chambers on our floors in our buildings.

Read more on what is happening in your building:

Air quality monitoring system in BCL owned buildings

What is an air quality monitoring system?

The EP5000 is a ModBus (connected to the Building Management System) indoor air quality probe. Click here for more information.

Where will it be installed?

These are installed in the ceiling at the entrance of each floor.

What is the benefit to occupants?

The indoor air quality probe allows ongoing monitoring of air quality and we will use this information to rectify the air flow in real time.

  • Air conditioning system does not have filters, however the BMS (Building Management System) enables changes to the air mix intake together with the ability to open windows.
  • The amount of outside air introduced can be adjusted in real time to provide greater volumes than the minimum standard.
  • Installation of indoor air quality probe on each floor. Click here to read more.
  • Grade F8 filters installed with average efficiency from 40-45% to 90-95%. Click here to read more.
  • Indoor air quality probe installed on each floor. Click here to read more.
  • Grade F8 filters installed with average efficiency from 40-45% to 90-95%. Click here to read more.
  • Indoor air quality probe installed on each floor. Click here to read more.
  • Grade F7 (national minimum standard) filters installed as advised by Charter Hall (building manager).
  • Grade F9 filters installed as advised by Colliers (building manager).
  • Grade F9 filters installed as advised by JLL (building manager).
  • CO2 sensors are fitted on each floor to ensure maximum outside air is supplied.
  • Grade F7 (national minimum standard) filters installed as advised by Knight Frank (building manager).
  • The amount of outside air introduced can be adjusted in real time to provide greater volumes than the minimum standard.

LED Lighting upgrades

What is being upgraded?

We will be upgrading all existing light to LEDs in Owen Dixon Chambers East, Owen Dixon Chambers West and Douglas Menzies Chambers commencing August 2022.

Why are we doing this?
  • LED lighting is highly energy efficient, with the lighting selected for each building being VEECs accredited (Victorian energy efficiency certificates) and designed to cast the perfect amount of light (4000k warm white) for office environments.
  • Visually more appealing with a soft warm light that has scientifically improved health benefits.
  • Environmental benefits including less power consumption per unit (lumen) of light emitted and lower carbon omissions due to a longer life span.
  • Longer lasting (up to 7 years) without the need to replace and removing the need for ongoing maintenance for existing aged, flickering dull or damaged lights.

See below for information on specific lighting to be installed in your building:

 

Additional Proactive Property Services

  • Hand sanitiser stations available across all buildings.
  • Full cleaning schedule across all buildings including in chambers and common areas.
  • Although no longer legislated, we have continued additional (AM/PM) touch point cleaning in all foyers, lifts and common areas on all floors (including kitchens and bathrooms).
  • BCL will complete additional cleaning requirements as part of our response to a positive case.

Our cleaning contractor uses Nanocyn in all COVID-19 touch point cleaning:

  • Nanocyn is chemical free sanitiser as certified by the TGA to kill viruses and bacteria within 30 seconds and COVID-19 within 15 seconds.
  • Click here to view the Nanocyn safety data sheet.
  • Click here to view the Australian Government’s Public Summary on Nanocyn.

Communications

Once notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case, BCL will communicate to relevant members of the Victorian Bar.

Click here to view archived COVID-19 communications sent by the Victorian Bar and BCL between 2020 to 2022.

 

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