New tools have been designed to monitor the wellbeing of our staff and members and to better understand the impact of COVID-19 within our bands. Our Daily Wellness Tracker monitors the health and wellness of employees and family members, and our Five-Minute Training Tools have also provided an efficient platform for training staff on important operational safety processes. COVID Count is another new tool that allows the FBF to keep track of the COVID-related initiatives and trainings conducted, measuring the number of information packs created, Health and Safety trainings and community awareness events. These new tools, combined with existing systems, have been crucial in navigating these uncertain times.
Three staff have undergone an accredited COVID-19 Workplace Preparedness Course. The skills and knowledge acquired during this training have been transferred to all our staff through practical application trainings. We have also appointed a Health and Safety Steering Committee to ensure that we are in continuous adherence to the regulations set forth in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Act. Our internal structures of risk identification and mitigation, regular fumigation and strict contact tracing protocols have enabled us to continue to fulfil our role under the category of Health and Social Services on the CIPC register.
Like everyone else, we have increased our digital knowledge and now almost everyone is zoom-enabled! In March 2021, with the support of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, we held demonstrations in Kimberley and showed off our custom-designed sanitizing booths that are in action in all bands. All band members have FBF masks and all masks are continuously cleaned along with all the band equipment.
FBF leadership, both at the management and board level, have had extended and considerable debate about our purpose and methods of impact delivery as we acclimatize to the new normal. We have worked hard and earnestly to design a new living-with-COVID strategy that is not pandemic-specific, but rather recognizes the long-term impact the sickness has had on the economies, emotions, and well-being of our communities. To date, while some of our band staff have had covid, all have recovered and we continue to keep our Wellness Tracker in place, so we can maintain connection with everyone. It can be done and in the FBF, it IS being done!