All WHS and OSH Regulators in jurisdictions except for Victoria have issued a Statement of Regulator Intent – a Regulatory approach to Australian Work Health and Safety legislation – COVID-19.
The Statement sets out the enforcement approach that Regulators will take to ensure compliance with WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also recognises that COVID-19 has created an exceptional set of circumstances and will have significant impacts on employers, workers, officers and other persons who have duties under WHS laws. The Statement covers arrangements to apply while public health orders are in place for employers, workers and Health and Safety (Safety and Health in WA) Representatives.
The full statement can be read here.
Incident Notification COVID-19
PCBUs should notify NT WorkSafe where:
- a person dies from COVID-19 and the infection arises out of the conduct of the business or undertaking
- a person requires immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital for COVID-19 and the infection arises out of the conduct of the business or undertaking
Notification is made by calling NT WorkSafe on 1800 019 115.
Notification is required regardless of whether the NT Department of Health is already aware of the case.
PCBUs must notify a case of COVID-19 to SafeWork SA, if the case can be reliably attributed to a workplace exposure, and either
- results in treatment by a doctor within 48 hours of exposure to a substance (e.g. airborne contaminants, human substances), or
Notification to SafeWork SA can be made using the incident notification form which can be submitted online or emailed to email@example.com. Alternatively, call SafeWork on 1300 365 255. SafeWork SA may request confirmation of incident details in writing within 48 hours of your telephone notification.
Notification is required regardless of whether SA Health is already aware of the case.
Employers, principle contractors and contractors must notify a case of COVID-19 to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, WorkSafe where it is the cause (or suspected causes) of a death at a workplace.
Employers, principal contractors and contractors are not required to notify non-fatal incidents of COVID-19 to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, WorkSafe as WA Health are already notified of confirmed cases by medical practitioners.
Notification is made by calling 1800 678 198.
Safework Australia has produced an infographic on What to do if a Worker (or student) has Covid 19 (either from school or outside school). This can be downloaded here.
Further detailed information and resources around COVID-19 and work health and safety can be obtained from the Regulator web sites. Safework Australia has a range of resources including information specific to early childhood education and education and training, with links to fact sheets on various topics such as hygiene, cleaning, emergency plans, mental health etc and posters on handwashing techniques, hand rubbing techniques which can be downloaded.
If you have any other queries on health and safety or complispace contact Gerry Conley on 8267 8411 or firstname.lastname@example.org