Managing the risks from COVID-19
(aka Coronavirus)

Work Health and Safety laws require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace.

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Managing the risks from COVID-19

Work Health and Safety laws require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. PCBUs must identify hazards at the workplace and the associated risks, and do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise those risks.

Whether a control measure is reasonably practicable to implement involves consideration of what is able to be done to manage a risk and whether it is reasonable in the circumstances to do so. The likelihood of the risk occurring, the degree of harm that might result and the availability and suitability of a control measure are key considerations in determining what measures are reasonable..

Exposure to COVID-19 is a potential hazard for workers and other people at workplaces. PCBUs must have measures in place to protect worker health and safety and manage these risks.

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 and any advice from state or territory government agencies. 

Depending on the workplace, an appropriate range of actions may include:

    • Closely monitoring official Government sources for current information and advice 
    • Ensuring workers are aware of the isolation/quarantine periods in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health, including 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 and state or territory health department
    • Providing regular updates to workers about 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.

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 be reminded to always practice good hygiene and other measures to protect themselves and other against infection. This includes:

    • Washing their hands often, with soap and water or hand sanitiser
    • Covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, but not using their hands to do so
    • Seeing a health care professional if they start to feel unwell
    • If unwell, avoiding contact with others (including shaking hands or other touching, such as hugging).

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