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NSW Health Updates "Handling of bodies by funeral directors" page

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NSW Health advises that its information page for funeral directors handling bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic has been updated.

COVID-19 – Handling of bodies by funeral directors

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19. The virus is spread through contact with contaminated respiratory droplets released when an infec​ted person coughs or sneezes, or from contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

Funeral directors and mortuary personnel are less likely to contract COVID-19 from deceased persons infected with the virus if they adopt appropriate infection control procedures and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The greatest risk is likely to come from contact with family members.

The following precautionary strategies should be used to minimise public health risks and to prevent spread of disease:

  • Maintain droplet and contact infection control procedures when handling or transporting bodies confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times without contaminating environmental surfaces
  • Two body bags (double bagged) labelled "COVID-19 – Handle with care" should be used to prevent any leaks to store and transport the body
  • Avoid unnecessary manipulation of the body that may expel air or fluid from the lungs
  • Embalming of a body confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 is not recommended
  • Family viewing of the deceased may occur; however family members should avoid any contact with the body
  • Maintain the recommended social distance from families and friends of the deceased​

 Note that the CCANSW maintains a page of important COVID-19 related information, resoures and links. The page is here and is also pinned on the right menu bar.

 

 

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Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) is a statutory agency supporting and regulating the interment industry, assessing interment needs and developing planning strategies for cemetery space. CCNSW also provides information to the public.

CCNSW was created in 2014 under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013.

CCNSW is a member of the Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW

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Excellence-Gold-Award-Seals-N5901_XLTHE AWARD

The CCA Award for Excellence  recognises  individuals, teams or organisations who:

• have introduced innovation and creative advances in processes, products, marketing or market support; or

•strive for  excellence and have made a long-term contribution to the industry.

 

THE RULES

1: Entries may comprise any process, marketing, market support, product innovation, outstanding and long-term contribution to the industry.

2: Any number of entries may be submitted or sponsored by a member.

3: The Association, at its entire discretion, may withhold the award.

4: Any and all financial members of the CCA may enter or sponsor an entry.

5: The decision of the judging panel will be final and correspondence relating thereto will not necessarily be entered into.

 

THE ENTRIES

The entries should describe fully why the nomination should be awarded the CCA Award for Excellence.

ybuisness-innovationThe CCA Industry Improvement Award is essentially a thank you to our members for their continued support. In a nutshell, CCA provides sponsorship for a member to attend work experience at another cemetery or crematoria in NSW (or Australia) and also to attend a CCA Quarterly Conference.

The benefits of nominating for the award are exceptional. The person chosen to be the recipient of the sponsorship receives opportunities that may not have been presented to them before.

The recipient will be able to spend five days at another cemetery or crematoria provider (within NSW or Australia) learning the way in which that facility operates and functions. They will have an opportunity to learn or enhance their own skills as well as being able to pass on their knowledge and ideas to others. This facility/ organisation
will be chosen by the CCA Executive Committee and will be one that complements the knowledge of the recipient.

The recipient will also have the chance to attend a CCA Quarterly Conference. This will allow the recipient to hear first hand the issues being dealt with by the industry and provide them with the opportunity to network and build new friendships and relationships, as well as pick up many new ideas.

 What costs are covered by CCA?
Work Experience: CCA will cover all reasonable transport costs and, if require, book and pay for any airfares. We will book and pay for your accommodation (room and breakfast only). Incidentals will be the responsibility of the recipient. We will also pay for reasonable expenses associated with lunch and dinner. Receipts for all expense claims must be submitted to the CCA Secretariat for reimbursement. CCA Quarterly Conference: CCA will cover all reasonable transport costs and, if require, book and pay for any airfares. We will book and pay for your accommodation (room and breakfast only). Incidentals will be the responsibility of the recipient. The recipient will be provided with a free Quarterly Conference registration. Receipts for all expense claims must be submitted to the CCA Secretariat for reimbursement.

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