From Monday, 25 May 2020 SafeWork SA inspectors will be contacting employers to provide guidance and support on how to maintain their work, health and safety responsibilities in line with COVID-19 advice, including help to manage the health and wellbeing of their workers.
The phone-based contact will be aimed at businesses across South Australia with a focus on educating workplaces on the need to have safe systems of work in place to manage risks associated with the pandemic.
Following the release of the South Australian roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions many workplaces have adjusted their operations or will be preparing to reopen in some capacity. Businesses should have safety controls in place to manage their workplace, including consulting with workers and managing those working from home.
Psychological health will be a focus, educating employers to manage the risks associated with this. Many workers are now working from their homes where additional risks could arise, such as feelings of isolation, stress associated with caring for children, relationship strain or increased exposure to domestic violence. Employers must do what they can to reduce the psychological risks to their workers.
Executive Director SafeWork SA Martyn Campbell explained that SafeWork SA recognises the COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional set of circumstances for workplaces and this educational campaign intends to support workers and employers to achieve safety outcomes.
“There’s a range of educational resources available for employers to manage the risks relating to COVID-19 and our inspectors will ensure they are provided with targeted guidance and support for their specific industry.
We want South Australian businesses to be operating safely during this challenging time. Our inspectors will apply a risk based approach and consider what is reasonably practicable given the circumstances. Our Statement of Regulatory Intent during COVID-19 explains this,” said Mr Campbell.
Further information and resources on managing workplace risks associated with COVID-19 can be found at Safe Work Australia.