Safe Work Australia has published new information and resources on COVID-19 and work health and safety.
Under the model work health and safety laws, employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace.
The new information includes:
- Information for workplaces
- Information for small business
- Information for workers
- What to do if a worker has COVID-19 - infographic
New information on minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is also available for specific industries:
- Building and construction
- Retail work
- Taxi and ride share services
- Office workers
- Delivery drivers
- Road freight
Safe Work Australia will continue to update these web pages and resources to provide the latest information to workers and employers on work health and safety and COVID-19.
For more information, go to the COVID-19 Information for workplaces.
Topics: Safe Work Australia
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Experts agree that improved safety contributes to profitability in many ways. Costly incidents are avoided. Employees naturally become more emotionally and physically invested in their work. Workforce turnover goes down, while productivity and quality go up.
Topics: Safety Management Systems
For someone running a small to medium sized business the letters SMS, standing for safety management system can be a forbidding acronym. The SMS for a large and complex organisation can be a document of many thousands of words over hundreds of pages, prescribing a bewildering array of meetings and procedures. But the power of SMS as a concept means it is scalable. A small organisation can reap safety and business benefits from a much simpler SMS. All you have to do is stick to it.