The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the way people live and work. Australian workplaces of all sizes and across all industries have had to significantly modify their operations to protect their workers and the broader community.
Until there is an effective vaccine or treatment, there can be no return to business as usual. Workplaces must find a ‘new normal’ and must continue implementing measures to reduce the spread of the virus, respond to the re-emergence of cases and to play their part in preventing health systems from being overwhelmed and preventing unnecessary deaths.
What is the purpose of this Guide and who is it for?
This Guide is to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (e.g. employers) meet their work health and safety (WHS) duties in relation to COVID-19 given the significant risk this disease presents to the health and safety of people at the workplace. Managing WHS risks during the pandemic requires flexibility to respond to changing circumstances and an ability to adapt as more becomes known about the virus and how its transmission can be managed and prevented.
Safe Work Australia has published a range of general and industry-specific advice, guidance and resources on its website to help create and maintain a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Guide aligns with and complements the existing guidance. It provides practical advice for WHS duty holders about how to work safely during the pandemic. It can be used by any duty holders under the model WHS laws that have a role in managing the risk of COVID-19, including persons conducting a business or undertaking, persons with management or control of the workplace and ‘officers’.ACCESS THE GUIDE HERE