How do I Identify and Minimise Risks in my Workplace?

As an employer, you need to identify risks to work health and safety from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and wherever possible, put in place appropriate controls. You need to follow government directions, including implementing appropriate physical distancing – keeping everyone at the workplace at least 1.5 metres apart. See how physical distancing applies at the workplace.

Risks from the COVID-19 virus can be physical or psychosocial. What you can do to manage the risk of exposure to COVID-19 will depend on your workplace and the work that you do. For example, you could:

  • put measures in place to avoid close contact between people – keep everyone at the workplace at least 1.5 metres apart.

  • encourage everyone in the workplace to practice good hygiene by providing access to appropriate hygiene facilities to enable workers to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

    • provide access to personal protective equipment (PPE), for example gloves
    • increase cleaning in the workplace . Especially frequently touched areas and surfaces should be cleaned several times a day. This includes Eftpos equipment, elevator buttons,handrails, tables, counter tops, door knobs, and sinks
    • limit access to the workplace by other people
    • direct workers to work from another location, such as their home – keep in mind this may change, increase or create new work health and safety risks e.g. domestic violence.
  • You need to talk to your workers about what you plan to do.

SafeWork Australia has put together a business resource kit for COVID-19 and for posters and other resources to use in the workplace. To access the kit visit the resources page.

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