AESG Newsletter August 2021

Author: Molly Smith
News Date: 20/8/2021 10:34 AM
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Welcome

Since our last newsletter update in March, AESG has been keeping ourselves very busy.

With continuing COVID-19 lockdowns across multiple states, AESG has been assisting our clients in adapting to their challenges and those of their own clients. This has resulted in an another increase in online meetings - our virtual meeting etiquette truly well established. We have also been continuing with stricter COVIDSafe measures, particularly for our clients in the Aged Care and Strata Management sectors, as some site visits have had to be rescheduled. We have held meetings with local government councils in NSW to gain AFSS submission extensions for clients and we are assisting Strata Management clients with the development of their Victorian Government mandated COVIDSafe Plans for sites with shared indoor spaces. We are now offering the development of COVIDSafe Plans as an ongoing service to Victorian clients alongside our regular services.


In this newsletter, you will be able to read more about how AESG has developed our first 'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We also highlight our COVIDSafe Plan and Cladding Investigation services and provide an update on our recent activities supporting our staff and community with events supporting the Cancer Council and Men's Health Week.


Read more below about all the big news from the past few months! To stay up to date with our news, follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram (@ausessentialservicesgroup) and Facebook.

Overview:

  • COVIDSafe Plans
  • Open Letter To All Employees & Contractors Of AESG
  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Cladding Investigation Services
  • Cancer Council Morning Tea
  • Men's Health Week 


COVIDSafe Plans

COVIDSafe plans are mandatory in Victoria

Do your clients have a COVIDSafe Plan in place?

The Victorian government has mandated that every Victorian  owner's corporations must have a COVIDSafe Plan. To ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring throughout Victoria, with heavy financial penalties for failure to act.

AESG can provide an audit of your facility and develop and install your COVIDSafe Plan

The COVIDSafe Plan requirements apply to common areas including access points, lifts, foyers and hallways, as well as shared facilities such as gyms, pools, dining and entertainment areas.

The owners corporation is responsible for ensuring the actions documented in the COVIDSafe Plan are implemented and communicated with occupants and all workers at a site. The owners corporation is also responsible for answering any queries occupants and workers may have about COVIDSafe practices.

Our COVIDSafe Plans ensure that you will comply with all Victorian State Government requirements

The COVIDSafe Plans that AESG will develop for your clients will demonstrate:

  • your actions to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 to your property.
  • the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required on site at each location.
  • how you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in your workplace
  • how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. 


AESG will be able to assist with modified COVIDSafe Plans in the event that the Victorian government modifies their requirements.

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Open Letter To All Employees & Contractors Of AESG

AESG prides itself on being a socially ethical company. As actions speak louder than words, AESG has achieved carbon neutral status (Carbon Active Certified); is in the process of becoming White Ribbon accredited and has gender balance programs in place.

Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities is another critically important step in our ethical journey. I believe that reconciliation, a treaty and fair opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a must for Australia.

To date, Australia has an appalling record in caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If we are to be considered a civilised country, we all need to be committed to recognising and righting the wrongs of the past.

By engaging in this program, AESG is making a commitment to join in and be a small part of moving forward and assisting in reconciliation.

I strongly encourage all staff to engage, participate and learn throughout our reconciliation journey. It is incumbent upon us as individuals and as a company to educate ourselves and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.


Reconciliation Action Plan

It is our ambition to lead positive change within our industry and within our community across a number of environmental, social and community initiatives.

As part of our approach, we have identified a gap in our organisational knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and cultures. We see this as a journey that our organisation can take our employees, partners and clients to educate, learn and implement new relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As an organisation we value actions highly, and firmly believe that in undertaking a RAP it is critical that we educate ourselves and follow through and complete each item and action identified - our actions speak louder than words.

As part of our RAP, we will encourage and offer for individual staff members to volunteer to participate as well as identify key staff members to fulfil key roles. We will establish an action team that will be responsible for meeting deadlines, reporting progress and provide regular updates to our senior management team.

Our future aspirations as part of RAP journey include:

  • Improving employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals
  • Increasing our procurement practices from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander companies
  • Improving our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and celebrating the cultures with our employees. It is our ambition (where culturally appropriate) to participate in local cultural events, host information and awareness sessions for our staff and invite local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to share their stories and experiences.
  • Establishing and strengthening ties with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is our goal to meet with and establish relationships with local communities through Reconciliation Australia, Local Government and local industry groups.

Types of Cladding Reports


External Wall Identification Report

This is the preliminary stage of our investigation. Our inspector attends the site and conducts an external wall material identification based on visual findings. The report identifies the percentage coverage of wall materials of the building, including both suspected combustible cladding and materials outside the scope of combustible cladding, e.g. brick or cement sheeting. This information can be used for building insurance purposes, or for our inspector to determine the presence of combustible cladding on site. A detailed description, including photos, is included in the report.

This report does not include any material testing. If materials cannot be clearly identified, AESG recommends an invasive investigation where samples are taken from the wall and tested for combustibility. This then proceeds into our Stage 1 Report.


Stage 1 Report - Identification

Our Stage 1 Report is used to identify the combustibility and fixing method of the materials on site that are deemed within the scope of the combustible cladding investigation. In this stage, our inspector will perform an invasive investigation where a sample is taken from the material that is suspected to be combustible. This sample is then sent to a lab where an independent test is conducted to determine the combustibility and material of the sample. Samples are generally taken from an inconspicuous area, and are as big as a 20 cent coin in size.

AESG also completes a borescope analysis of the materials behind the sampled panel, and a review of any architectural documentation provided.

The report outlines a summary of the findings, test results from the laboratory and the borescope results. AESG then provides recommendations for how to proceed. This information can be used both for a Fire Engineers report or for our Stage 2 Investigation.

Stage 2 Report - Review & Recommendations

Our Stage 2 Report details the process to remove all combustible material on site, including drawings of the proposed works and an estimate of costs.

This report will outline recommendations of what immediate measures can be taken to 'de-risk' the building for both the short and long term, and where applicable, quotes will be provided.

Contact our office today if you have any queries or need a quote for a cladding investigation.

                         Email: sales@aesg.com.au

                         Phone: 1300 336 339


Cancer Council Morning Tea 

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is a community event that raises vital funds to make a big difference for those impacted by cancer. 

AESG hosted our Cancer Council Morning Tea on May 24th in order to fundraise. We enjoyed lots of yummy treats for our morning tea.

We hosted a Bake Off where we voted for the best treat. Amy won the most delicious with her amazing Sausage Rolls and Eleanor won the most creative with her macarons! 

Thanks to everyone who donated, supported and attended our event. Every dollar counts!


Men's Health Week

On Friday 18th June, in celebration of Men's Health Week, AESG organised a Men's Health Day. Our staff started the day with a breakfast along with a presentation by Richard Paterson from Basix4Blokes who encouraged being proactive about physical and mental health. 

After this, they ventured onto the golf course to enjoy the fresh air and each other's company! A great day that allowed our male staff members to connect! 

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