PCBUs need to keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information and advice to ensure that they maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
covid-19.sa.gov.au is your one-stop-shop for all SA COVID-19 information and resources.
sa.gov.au is the central source of information for all South Australians and will keep you informed with local and reliable COVID-19 information.
SA Health is the first point of contact for specific hygiene and distancing control measures relating to COVID-19.
The Safe Work Australia website provides information on managing the risks from COVID-19 in the workplace on behalf of all Australian Work Health and Safety Regulators.
The statement of regulatory intent sets out the enforcement approach that all Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulators will take to ensure compliance with Australian WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All WHS Regulators recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional set of circumstances and will have significant impacts on a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) e.g. employers, workers, officers and other persons with duties under WHS laws.
It is important for leaders (senior and frontline managers) to be visible and clearly communicating to the workforce that health, safety and wellbeing are key priorities at this time.
SA Health's transitioning back to work checklist will help business optimise health & wellbeing for their workers in the 'new normal'.
Person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risks to health and safety.
Businesses must identify hazards at the workplace, and the associated risks, and do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate the risks, or to minimise the risks if elimination is not reasonably practicable. PCBUs need to keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information and advice to ensure that any action taken is measured and appropriate. This includes closely monitoring the Australian Government Department of Health, the Smartraveller website and any advice from state or federal government agencies.
Depending on the workplace, an appropriate range of actions may include:
- closely monitoring official Government sources for current information and advice
- reviewing and promoting your organisation’s policies and measures for infection control
- ensuring workers are aware of the isolation/quarantine periods in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health (this includes information on when staff should not attend work)
- providing clear advice to workers about actions they should take if they become unwell or think they may have the symptoms of coronavirus, in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health
- ensuring heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are well-maintained and operating properly
- eliminating or minimising international work travel, in line with the travel advice on the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website
- providing regular updates to workers about the situation and any changes to organisational policies or procedures
- contingency planning to manage staff absences
- providing workers with information and links to relevant services should they require support.
Before sending workers interstate or overseas on business, employers must first assess the health and safety risk to their worker/s. Employers should also be familiar with any responsibilities outlined in employment contracts or workplace agreements if their workers become ill. See the Fair Work Ombudsman website for details on industrial relations.
If a worker contracts COVID-19 at work or while undertaking work and requires hospitalisation, you must notify us as soon as you become aware of the situation.
First aid training requirements
No compliance action will be taken in relation to the first aid training requirements (regulation 42 of the model WHS Regulations) where first aid training is not available because of COVID-19.
Workers also have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and to not adversely affect the health and safety of others. Workers should always practice good hygiene and other measures to protect against infections, including:
- washing their hands often, with soap and water, or carrying hand sanitiser and using it as needed
- covering their mouth while coughing or sneezing
- seeing a health care professional if they start to feel unwell.
Workers should remain at home if unwell to prevent the spread of disease to others.
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