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COVIDSafe Planning to Return to Work

Limiting the spread of infectious, communicable diseases within the workplace is a complex and frequently sensitive issue. Hazards associated with diseases vary significantly from one workplace to another and the need for privacy adds further complications.

Management of communicable diseases needs to be handled with consideration and empathy, while executed in a way that doesn’t endanger others.

Communicable Diseases

Communicable diseases may be communicated from one person to another whilst at work. These include:

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), a blood borne infection that may progress to the AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) disease.
  • Hepatitis, a disease of the liver, that can occur in several types and be caused by exposure to viruses or chemicals.
  • SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is a respiratory illness. It is a form of acute pneumonia and most probably spread through sneezing or coughing although current research has suggested the possibility of direct airborne or contact transmission.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. The novel coronavirus (COVID 19) is called ‘novel’ because it is new. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

COVID 19 - Workplace Risk Assessment, Evaluation and Control Services (COVIDSafe Plan)

You must do what you can to ensure the health and safety of your workers. You must eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 if reasonably practicable.   

If you are not able to eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19, you must minimise that risk, as far as is reasonably practicable.  

Protect workers from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by, for example: 

  • implementing working from home arrangements 
  • requiring workers to practice physical distancing  
  • requiring workers to practice good hygiene (e.g., through workplace policies and ensuring access to adequate and well stocked hygiene facilities)
  • requiring workers to stay home when sick, and 
  • cleaning the workplace regularly and thoroughly. 

Our safety professionals assist employers to interpret the WHS legislative requirements in your particular industry and context.

Safety consultant services

We assist you to meet the SafeWork Australia Guidelines, Risk Assess your operations, Evaluate the risks and determine appropriate Control plans.

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COVIDSafe Plans 

You are required to be able to demonstrate how you are complying with the minimum standards, if asked by an inspector. You will be asked for a completed checklist or COVID-19 Safety Plan.

You will also need to be able to show any processes or procedures you have put in place to implement your COVID-19 Safety Plan. The inspector will check to see that your plan and procedures are being applied in the workplace.

Control measures must be put in place so people who may be exposed are protected. These measures include safe work practices and personal protective equipment.

Workers who, in the normal course of their work, may encounter hazards must also be issued with and trained in the implementation of the plan. 

We ensure privacy

Strictly confidential records of communicable diseases should be kept in the medical files of the affected persons.

Assistance with Reporting and Investigations

All incidents involving communicable diseases need to be properly investigated and documented and the appropriate corrective actions developed and implemented. A post-exposure management programme, including counselling, should be considered and offered where appropriate.

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