Safe Work Australia https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/ en Occupational lung diseases in Australia https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/occupational-lung-diseases-australia <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss node--promoted node--sticky layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday 07 August 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Safe Work Australia has today published Occupational lung diseases in Australia 2006-2019.</h2> <p>The report provides an overview of occupational lung diseases in Australia and identifies industries and occupations where workers may be at risk, such as the construction, mining and quarrying industries, and those working with engineered stone.</p> <p>The report highlights several significant trends, including:</p> <ul> <li>a substantial increase in:  <ul> <li>pneumoconiosis, especially coal workers pneumoconiosis, and  </li> <li>silicosis from working with engineered stone</li> </ul> </li> <li>a decline in workers’ compensation claims for asbestos-related occupational lung diseases, such as asbestosis </li> <li>an increase in the understanding of the role of occupational exposure and the risk of developing coal workers pneumoconiosis, and </li> <li>an apparent decline in work-related asthma cases as evidenced by fewer compensation claims. </li> </ul> <p>Occupational lung diseases in Australia 2006–2019 shows that occupational lung diseases continue to be a health concern in Australia and substantially contribute to the burden of lung disease. </p> <p>Findings from the report will inform the implementation of Safe Work Australia’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="bde1357e-dd8c-4596-a8d9-d1e781cc3f44" href="/occupational-lung-diseases" title="Occupational lung diseases">occupational lung diseases work plan</a> and national policy to address occupational lung diseases.</p> <p><a href="/node/3306">Occupational lung diseases in Australia 2006–2019</a> was prepared by the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. <br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 29 Jul 2020 23:35:21 +0000 Safe Work Australia Join National Safe Work Month and support WHS through COVID-19 https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/join-national-safe-work-month-and-support-whs-through-covid-19 <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss node--promoted node--sticky layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday 27 July 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Join National Safe Work Month and support WHS through COVID-19</h2> <p>Safe Work Australia is pleased to launch the theme for this year’s National Safe Work Month: <strong>Work Health and Safety through COVID-19</strong> and associated campaign kit.</p> <p>This year’s theme acknowledges and reflects the impacts of COVID-19 on work health and safety. The theme recognises that every Australian workplace has been affected by the global pandemic and that workplaces have had to adapt their practices and procedures to reduce the WHS risks associated with COVID-19. </p> <p>This year’s campaign kit resources are digitally focused and include web graphics, social media tiles and document templates which can be customised to appeal to a broad range of organisations and industries. </p> <p>Over the coming months, additional resources will be made available on the <a href="/node/242">National Safe Work Month website</a>, including animations and information sheets on COVID-19 work health and safety.</p> <h3>Join National Safe Work Month</h3> <p>Start planning your work health and safety activities for October by joining National Safe Work Month. To participate, follow these steps:</p> <ol> <li>Go to the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d2333229-eece-4072-acfe-2db91c11b432" href="/national-safe-work-month" title="National Safe Work Month">National Safe Work Month website</a> and download a range of resources from our campaign kit.</li> <li>Customise and share the resources with your workplace, work teams, supervisor and/or health and safety representative.</li> <li>Follow Safe Work Australia on <a href="/node/230">social media</a> to keep up to date on new campaign materials and to share National Safe Work Month updates.</li> <li>Use the hashtags #safeworkmonth and #safetytogether when promoting National Safe Work Month on social media.</li> <li>Keep an eye on the <a href="/node/242">National Safe Work Month website</a> or <a href="/node/149">subscribe</a> to our mailing list to keep updated on the latest news.</li> </ol> <p>Together, we can create a safe workplace for everyone through COVID-19.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:28:02 +0000 Safe Work Australia New guide: Storage of flammable liquids https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/new-guide-storage-flammable-liquids <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss node--promoted node--sticky layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday 09 July 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Learn how to manage the risks of flammable liquids in your workplace.</strong></p> <p>Safe Work Australia has published a new guide on the storage of flammable liquids. </p> <p>The guide is for small to medium sized businesses and describes the risks of flammable liquids and explains, step by step, how to manage those risks. </p> <p>This includes working out how flammable the chemicals you store are, which other chemicals they’re safe to be around, how to make sure there is proper ventilation, and ensuring you have the correct fire-fighting equipment. </p> <p>The guide also includes an example of a business that uses and stores flammable liquids, and provides advice about workplace placarding for businesses storing large quantities of flammable liquids. </p> <p>The guide was developed in consultation with representatives from work health and safety regulators, unions and industry groups. </p> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f118bd4a-bbf2-420d-b486-b5b121923e8d" href="/doc/storage-flammable-liquids" title="Storage of flammable liquids">Read and download the Storage of flammable liquids guide</a>.</p> <p>Safe Work Australia has also published a new case study for businesses using and storing flammable hand sanitisers in response to COVID-19. The case study discusses some simple steps that need to be taken when storing or rebottling hand sanitiser, such as making sure you have the chemicals safety data sheet and making sure you store it in a safe place.</p> <p><a href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/case-studies#heading--24--tab-toc-case_study%C2%A0%E2%80%93_storing_and_rebottling_hand_sanitiser">Read the Storing and rebottling hand sanitiser case study.</a></p> <p>To find out more about complying with work health and safety requirements, contact your <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="12c234af-dab3-4118-8023-6d440023df92" href="/whs-authorities-contact-information" title="WHS regulators' contact information">WHS regulator</a>.<br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:02:36 +0000 Safe Work Australia Practical resources to reduce prolonged sitting when working from home https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/practical-resources-reduce-prolonged-sitting-when-working-home <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss node--promoted node--sticky layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wednesday 08 July 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>One of the most significant factors impacting work health and safety (WHS) when working from home is prolonged sitting.</strong></p> <p>Safe Work Australia is proud to support <a href="https://beupstanding.com.au/">BeUpstanding</a> – a free evidence-based program designed to address the WHS risks associated with prolonged sitting.</p> <p>Employers and businesses can <a href="https://portal.beupstanding.com.au/Champion/SignUp?utm_source=WFH01e&amp;utm_medium=LP&amp;utm_campaign=Phase2_Comms">sign up</a> to the BeUpstanding trial to gain access to resources and guidance on how to encourage workers to stand up, sit less and move more.</p> <p>This year has seen an increase in desk-based workplaces transitioning to, or increasing existing, working from home arrangements to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Workplaces across the country have had to adapt their policies and procedures and consult with workers to ensure WHS requirements are met even if workers are at home.</p> <p>The BeUpstanding toolkit includes fact sheets, videos and email templates which are tailored to desk-based workers working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to the <a href="https://www.lp.beupstanding.com.au/wfh01e/">BeUpstanding website</a> for more information.</p> <p>Information and resources on WHS duties and WHS risks associated with working from home are also available on the <a href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/working-home#heading--2--tab-toc-what_are_the_whs_risks_of_working_from_home?">Safe Work Australia website</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Safe Work Australia Translated guide for working with silica now available https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/translated-guide-working-silica-now-available <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss node--promoted node--sticky layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-06-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday 30 June 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The working with silica guide has been translated into six languages and will help protect those who work with silica or products containing silica. </span></b></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Working with natural and engineered stone, asphalt, concrete, bricks or pavers can expose workers to silica dust. This guide provides information about reducing exposure to silica dust when working with silica and silica containing products. It will help persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to understand and make decisions about protecting their workers from exposure to silica dust.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The guide for <i><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c0012cad-ab35-4b8d-8c9b-d77047c0012e" href="/book/working-silica-and-silica-containing-products" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline" title="Working with silica and silica containing products">Working with silica and silica containing products</a> </i>is now available in: </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d4db5d7c-45f8-4900-add5-259ea53e1ddd" href="/doc/arabic-translated-working-silica" title="Arabic translated - Working with silica "><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Arabic</span></span></span></a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5ffa641f-8431-4fec-866e-cbe348ba8cf0" href="/doc/simplified-chinese-translated-working-silica" title="Simplified Chinese translated - Working with silica "><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Chinese (simplified)</span></span></span></a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a334042d-f03a-489e-afa1-08981af42573" href="/doc/traditional-chinese-translated-working-silica" title="Traditional Chinese translated - Working with silica "><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Chinese (traditional)</span></span></span></a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d4e63166-16a7-4955-8cd3-f45a2c67e57c" href="/doc/greek-translated-working-silica" title="Greek translated - Working with silica"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Greek</span></font></a></li> <li><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fca2b7a4-b718-447b-af23-cf00b99b3553" href="/doc/italian-translated-working-silica" title="Italian translated - Working with silica ">Italian</a>, and</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="582dceed-ccf2-462f-a361-4609bff8abbd" href="/doc/vietnamese-translated-working-silica" title="Vietnamese translated - Working with silica ">Vietnamese</a>. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><a name="_Hlk43456029" id="_Hlk43456029"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">These languages were chosen as PCBUs from non-English speaking backgrounds are common in workplaces that use silica containing products, with Vietnamese, Chinese and Greek the primary languages spoken. </span></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">More information about <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3324b393-3423-43dd-ae48-20bac72ec3d8" href="/silica" title="Crystalline silica and silicosis"><span style="color:#c00000">crystalline silica and silicosis</span></a>, including what it is, what work activities generate silica dust and how to reduce the dust, can be found on our website.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Jun 2020 01:19:01 +0000 Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Small business hub https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/covid-19-small-business-hub <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss node--promoted node--sticky layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-06-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday 29 June 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><b>Safe Work Australia has created a new COVID-19 work health and safety information hub for small businesses.</b></p> <p>The new <a href="/node/3194">Small business hub</a> has tailored information and tools to help businesses manage risks from COVID-19 and keep people safe at the workplace.</p> <p>The hub has guidance and resources for businesses transitioning back to usual operations as restrictions ease, as well as businesses that have been able to stay open safely.</p> <p>It also features a new series of short videos with information on key COVID-19 work health and safety topics including risk assessments, physical distancing and cleaning the workplace.</p> <p>A range of other resources and tools are also available in the hub, including a small business planning tool, guidance on work health and safety duties, and practical resources including posters and checklists.</p> <p>Go to the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7dc5454b-bd44-44b1-9e49-525492d79c0d" href="/covid-19-information-small-business" title="COVID-19 Information for small business">Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Small business hub</a><a href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-small-business" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 04:04:07 +0000 Safe Work Australia Transitioning back to usual workplaces https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/other-resources/transitioning-back-usual-workplaces <div class="node node--type-basic-page-covid node--view-mode-rss node--promoted layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="card w-100 p-1 card-inverse card-info" style="border:0px; padding:0px; margin-top:10px; margin-bottom:10px; margin-left:0px; margin-right:10px;"> <div class="card-block"> <h4 style="margin:0px;"><a href="/node/3258" style="color:#ffffff;">Checklist: How do I meet my WHS duties as workers transition back to the WHS workplace?</a></h4> <p class="card-text">Download as PDF or JPEG Version&gt;</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>On 8 May 2020, the Hon Scott Morrison MP announced a national three step plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions, with states and territories to decide when each step will be implemented locally. This means restrictions will ease at different speeds across Australia, with each state and territory making decisions based on their public health situation and local conditions. </p> <p>For some employers, the gradual easing of public health restrictions means considering transitioning workers currently working from home back to the usual workplace. If this is you, the information on this page will help to ensure a safe transition back to work.</p> <p>For up-to-date information on restrictions in your jurisdiction that apply to you or your workplace, you should visit your relevant <a href="https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information">state and territory government website</a>.</p> <h2>How do I meet my WHS duties as workers transition back to the usual workplace?</h2> <p>To ensure the health and safety of your workers, you should:</p> <ul> <li>check any relevant advice from your state or territory government and make sure your business or undertaking can operate. Make a plan to adjust your operations for any restrictions that may be in place. </li> <li>in consultation with workers and any elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs), conduct a risk assessment and implement control measures to eliminate, or if not reasonably practicable, minimise identified risks, taking into account: <ul> <li>the latest health and Commonwealth, state and territory government advice on COVID-19, including appropriate physical distancing measures in workplaces, hygiene practices and how workers are supported in adhering to this advice</li> <li>local conditions, for instance if there has been an identified localised outbreak</li> <li>your operational environment, including whether your workplace can support all your workers returning at the same time while meeting the latest Commonwealth, state and territory government requirements and whether some workers or categories of workers have a greater need to be in the workplace than others </li> <li>personal circumstances of the workers, such as whether they have been classified as a vulnerable worker (see our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="628372d3-8050-4ff7-b6a2-134f0b1f9367" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/vulnerable" title="Vulnerable workers">information on vulnerable workers</a>), have caring responsibilities for a vulnerable person or there is a vulnerable person in their household </li> <li>new risks that arise from any resulting changes to work practices, procedures or the work environment. For example, where any plant (equipment), workplace layouts or systems have been changed to comply with physical distancing requirements, you may wish to organise a walk-through of the workplace with HSRs prior to all workers returning to ensure health and safety risks are identified and managed. </li> </ul> </li> <li>consult with your workers and HSRs on changes to the work environment and arrangements for transitioning back to the usual workplace, and encourage workers to raise any WHS concerns with their representatives or direct manager. Remember to follow existing workplace policies and procedures</li> <li>review and, if necessary, update any WHS policies and your emergency plan, in consultation with workers and HSRs. Consider how you will manage and respond to a potential further outbreak of COVID-19. You should share relevant information with workers and HSRs about any WHS policies you’ve put in place or updated in response to COVID-19 (for example, incident reporting processes) and any changes to emergency plans</li> <li>consult, co-operate and co-ordinate with building owners and other businesses you work with or share premises with, about how they will discharge their WHS duties when they interact with your workers</li> <li>in consultation with workers and HSRs, review control measures periodically, including: <ul> <li>as the environment changes (for example, in response to localised outbreaks of COVID-19, changes to public health orders or an increased number of staff in the usual workplace using facilities such as bathrooms and lifts), and </li> <li>as new information on workplace risks becomes available </li> </ul> </li> <li>instruct workers to tell you if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 or have been tested for COVID-19. You should direct workers to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 </li> <li>inform workers about their workplace entitlements (such as access to paid leave) if they have COVID-19 symptoms or they are required to self-isolate and set clear expectations and procedures, in consultation with your workers and their representatives, on what will happen if a worker contracts COVID-19. Remember, workers who have been isolated after testing positive for COVID-19 must not return to work until they have fully recovered and have met the criteria for clearance from isolation. States and territories may manage clearance from isolation differently. Contact your <a href="https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments">state or territory health helpline</a> for further advice.</li> </ul> <p>Depending on your circumstances, you may need to:</p> <ul> <li>modify workplace attendance arrangements where the organisation cannot maintain physical distancing in the workplace (for example, rostering workers to work from the office or home on different days or alternative weeks, staggering shifts or facilitating more flexible start and finish times)</li> <li>review <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5376378a-c0d6-4e92-8a59-3e60d7d31b34" href="/doc/workplace-checklist-covid-19" title="Workplace Checklist - COVID-19">workplace checklists</a> and re-design the workplace environment, procedures and practices to ensure physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene</li> <li>ensure workstations are correctly set up to protect against musculoskeletal injuries (for example, provide guidance to your workers on how to set up a safe work environment)</li> <li>consider arrangements for deliveries, contractors and visitors attending the workplace (for example, organising contactless deliveries and limiting non-essential visitors)</li> <li>provide workers with PPE where appropriate, as well as appropriate cleaning, disinfectant and hygiene products. You should also provide proper training and instruction in the use of any PPE and cleaning, disinfectant and hygiene products provided, and</li> <li>appoint a contact person in your business that workers can talk to about any concerns.</li> </ul> <h2>How can I support my workers who are concerned about transitioning back into the usual workplace?</h2> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful and uncertain time for all Australians. Concerns about physical risks, such as exposure to COVID-19, work-related violence, or changes to the work environment or work demands can create additional risks to psychological health. You must eliminate or minimise the risk to psychological health and safety arising from work so far as is reasonably practicable. You should:</p> <ul> <li>eliminate or minimise physical risks and check control measures do not introduce additional safety risks</li> <li>talk to your workers about any agreed measures you have put in place to minimise risks</li> <li>respond appropriately to signs a worker may be concerned or anxious about returning to the usual workplace (for example, it is important to intervene early and provide early access to assistance)</li> <li>set realistic and clear expectations, workloads, roles and tasks and monitor work levels. Consult with workers and HSRs on any changes in these areas</li> <li>offer your workers flexibility where possible (for example, to start work at a slightly earlier or later time to avoid peak times for public transport)</li> <li>maintain regular communication with your workers and encourage workers to stay in contact with each other. Implement systems of work to enable this, where relevant</li> <li>stay informed with information from official sources and share relevant information with your workers and HSRs as it becomes available</li> <li>inform workers about their workplace entitlements if they have COVID-19 symptoms or they are required to self-quarantine (for example, access to paid leave)</li> <li>provide workers with a central place to find workplace information and a point of contact to discuss their concerns (for example HSRs), and</li> <li>provide information about mental health and other support services available to your workers (for example, employee assistance programs, employee organisations or the<a href="https://headtohealth.gov.au/"> Australian Government HeadtoHealth website</a>).</li> </ul> <h2>Do I need to organise additional cleaning before I transition my workers back to the usual workplace?</h2> <p>COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can acquire the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. A key way you can protect workers and others from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is by implementing appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures for your workplace. When and how often your workplace should be cleaned and disinfected will depend on the outcome of your risk assessment, including the likelihood of contaminated material being present. </p> <p>In considering whether additional cleaning arrangements need to be implemented prior to workers returning to the usual workplace, you should consider: </p> <ul> <li>How long it has been since the premises was last occupied. If the workplace has been unoccupied for longer than three to four consecutive days, it may not be necessary to organise additional cleaning before returning workers as the risk that the COVID-19 virus is present on surfaces will be low. However more frequent cleaning will be required once workers return.</li> <li>The frequency of cleaning that has taken place prior to workers returning. If the workplace has been occupied prior to workers returning and routinely cleaned during that time, you may not need to organise additional cleaning. However, you should consider whether there are any areas within the premises that may not have received routine cleaning. For example, if routine cleaning was maintained for common areas but not for meeting rooms that may have been occupied during that time. </li> </ul> <p>For further information, refer to our:</p> <ul> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ef72c6dd-a9e5-4e77-b247-4fa9155cfb71" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/cleaning" title="Cleaning">Cleaning page </a></li> <li>Guidance on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3ed3657a-2e9d-4dbb-8dd8-bfcdf0ec081c" href="/doc/how-clean-and-disinfect-your-workplace-covid-19" title="How to clean and disinfect your workplace - COVID-19">How to clean and disinfect your workplace</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="03ed4cf3-d1b8-4b73-b944-640f60b05004" href="/doc/cleaning-checklist-covid-19" title="Cleaning checklist - COVID-19">Cleaning checklist </a></li> </ul> <p>Remember, you must consult with workers and HSRs on health and safety matters relating to COVID-19, including what control measures to put in place in your workplace. </p> <h2>Who is responsible for cleaning and implementing other control measures in my workplace, including shared premises or facilities?</h2> <p>If your business operates in a shared premises you must consult, co-ordinate and co-operate with other employers, the building owner and facilities manager to ensure that appropriate cleaning and other control measures (such as physical distancing) are implemented to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19. This includes shared facilities such as lobbies, lifts, change rooms and common meeting spaces. </p> <p>You may also need to discuss with your building owner or facilities manager whether the evacuation and other safety processes for the building have been reviewed in the context of COVID-19, including in relation to evacuation procedures and location of designated assembly points. </p> <p>Working with your building owner or facilities manager is a very important step to successfully minimise the risks of exposure to COVID-19 and meet your WHS duties at the workplace.</p> <h2>Do I need to test workplace facilities before I transition my workers back to the usual workplace?</h2> <p>In some circumstances you may need to test machinery, equipment and appliances, as well as other plant and structures, to ensure they are safe to use and do not give rise to new WHS risks. </p> <p>For example, restarting Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems can carry significant risks to the health and safety of workers and other people in the building, particularly where they have not been maintained and inspected in accordance with relevant regulations and standards. You can refer to our guidance on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="44089f02-b1be-4f5e-b28d-127780bab949" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/other-resources/heating-ventilation-and-air-conditioning-hvac" title="Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems">Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems</a> for information on the risks and the steps you should take as an employer to eliminate or minimise these risks.</p> <p>You should also think about checking drinking water systems, toilets and hand washing facilities to ensure they are all functioning correctly and are well stocked.</p> <h2>Do I need to organise a workstation assessment for workers transitioning back to the usual workplace?</h2> <p>In some circumstances you may need to organise a workstation assessment for workers returning to the usual workplace, particularly where there have been changes to the workplace environment. For example, where a workstation has been adjusted during the re-design of the physical layout of the workplace or the worker is using new equipment, such as an office chair. </p> <p>Depending on the circumstances, it is generally recommended that you:</p> <ul> <li>provide your workers with information on setting up an ergonomic workstation </li> <li>develop in consultation with workers and HSRs, and provide to workers, a health and safety checklist and workstation self-assessment for your workers to use</li> <li>discuss equipment requirements with your workers, such as chairs, monitors, keyboards and mouses. Workers may have taken equipment home if they were working from home or equipment may have been moved or become lost while the workplace was unoccupied, and</li> <li>have ongoing discussions with your workers about their workstation setup to ensure the workstation set up is not creating additional risks or the need for any additional equipment.</li> </ul> <p>If workers have purchased new equipment while working from home that they would like to bring with them to the usual workplace, you may need to discuss compatibility issues and how they will safely transport equipment to the workplace.</p> <p>When discussing working from home arrangements with workers, you must allow workers to raise and express their views on WHS issues that may directly or indirectly arise, just like in any other consultation process regarding workplace arrangements. You must genuinely take the views of workers into account when making decisions and advise them of your decision. This includes decisions around the provision of office equipment. All WHS issues must be resolved in accordance with the agreed issue resolution procedures in your workplace.</p> <h2>I have workers who will be splitting their time between working from home and the usual workplace. Do I need to purchase additional equipment to maintain two working environments?</h2> <p>Whether you need to purchase additional equipment will depend on the circumstances. You and your workers must discuss what equipment may be required for the worker to safely carry out their work across both workstations and continue to monitor their ongoing equipment needs. You may determine that it is practicable to allow workers to borrow equipment from the office or reimburse reasonable costs where additional equipment is required. </p> <p>If you are not satisfied that a safe workstation can be maintained both at home and in the usual workplace, it may not be reasonably practicable for the worker to continue working across both environments. In these circumstances, alternative arrangements may need to be made. This could include setting up a safe office space for the worker in the office or working from home exclusively. </p> <h2>Do my workers have the right to stop work if they feel unsafe returning to the usual workplace?</h2> <p>Whether working at the office or at home, a worker has the right to stop or refuse unsafe work when there is a reasonable concern of exposure to a serious risk to health and safety from an immediate or imminent hazard. In some circumstances, this could include exposure to the COVID-19 virus. </p> <p>Any concerns about health or safety should first be raised with you or the HSR and resolved in accordance with the agreed issue resolution procedures in your workplace. A worker may also contact a union for advice. If a worker decides to stop work as it is unsafe, they must notify you as soon as possible and be available to carry out alternative work arrangements. </p> <p>For information on the issue resolution process see the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e8139efa-f44d-44ed-b0b9-8658e03eb144" href="/doc/model-code-practice-work-health-and-safety-consultation-cooperation-and-coordination" title="Model Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination">Code of Practice: Work, health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination</a>.  </p> <p>For information on a worker’s right to stop work, see our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5b181bfe-64c0-4cdc-867a-03bc74d60800" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/workers-rights" title="Workers' rights">information on workers’ rights</a> and the <a href="https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/">Fair Work Ombudsman Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Laws webpage</a>. </p> <h2>One of my workers has contracted COVID-19. What should I do? </h2> <p>If you have a worker who has contracted COVID-19 you will need to follow the health advice provided by your public health authority. </p> <p>Workers who have been isolated after having tested positive for COVID-19 can return to work when they have fully recovered and have met the criteria for clearance from isolation. The criteria may vary depending on the circumstances of the workplace and states and territories may manage clearance from isolation differently. Clearance may be by the public health authority or the person’s treating clinician.  </p> <p>It is possible that a worker with COVID-19 could potentially work from home, if for example, they have no or minor symptoms. This would be subject to the advice from the relevant treating clinician and discussions with the worker. For example, a doctor may recommend reasonable adjustments, including reduced working hours or changes to a worker’s workload.</p> <p>Contact your <a href="https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments">state or territory health helpline</a> for further advice. See our COVID-19 guidance on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="34fd4c56-a2e4-4376-83f9-373b306be55a" href="/doc/incident-notification-covid-19" title="Incident notification - COVID-19">Incident notification</a> and our information on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1c93abb8-7bfe-454a-b874-df50d1b7faa5" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/covid-19-your" title="COVID-19 in your workplace">COVID-19 in your workplace</a>.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Comcare – <a href="https://www.comcare.gov.au/safe-healthy-work/prevent-harm/coronavirus">Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Transition back to usual workplaces</a></p> <p>Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications –  <a href="https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/files/COVID19_public_transport_principles_29052020.pdf">Principles for COVID-19 public transport operations</a></p> <p>Safe Work Australia guidance</p> <ul> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5a540919-d859-4231-88f5-cb1ebeb62c89" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information-covid-19" title="Industry information for COVID-19">COVID-19 Industry information</a>, including on physical distancing, hygiene, cleaning and PPE</li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5a540919-d859-4231-88f5-cb1ebeb62c89" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information-covid-19" title="Industry information for COVID-19">COVID-19 Information for Workplaces</a></li> <li><a href="/node/2982">COVID-19 guidance on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems)</a></li> <li><a href="/node/2357">COVID-19 guidance on Incident notification</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="28cf6637-b6b6-4f2f-b861-11274897738d" href="/doc/signage-and-posters-covid-19" title="Signage and posters - COVID-19">COVID-19 Signage and posters</a></li> <li><a href="/node/2346">COVID-19 - Workplace Checklists</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e252abf6-288f-455a-a34f-3c2f6c1e3ea8" href="/doc/what-do-if-worker-has-covid-19-infographic" title="What to do if a worker has COVID-19 - Infographic">Infographic – What to do if a worker has COVID-19</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6ef1c88b-bb2b-43f8-9f55-6a04df30afbf" href="/doc/key-considerations-undertaking-risk-assessment-covid-19" title="Key considerations for undertaking a risk assessment - COVID-19">COVID-19 risk assessments – key considerations when assessing the risks associated with COVID-19</a> and <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3c0237ec-86bd-4056-b58b-3cb92119322e" href="/doc/template-and-example-covid-19-risk-register" title="Template and example COVID-19 risk register">example risk register </a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="b71a8f29-5eb6-4d23-b226-b196b05a21bd" href="/book/model-code-practice-how-manage-work-health-and-safety-risks" title="Model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks">Model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e8139efa-f44d-44ed-b0b9-8658e03eb144" href="/doc/model-code-practice-work-health-and-safety-consultation-cooperation-and-coordination" title="Model Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination">Model Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination </a> </li> </ul> <p>Mental health resources</p> <ul> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ba51f77e-9d50-4c36-a465-a5377c405b56" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/mental-health" title="Mental Health">Safe Work Australia - COVID-19 guidance on Mental health</a></li> <li>You can contact the Beyond Blue coronavirus mental wellbeing support service on 1800 512 348 or <a href="https://www.beyondblue.org.au/">the beyondblue website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/mental-health/programs-services/family-mental-health-support-services/locating-a-family-mental-health-support-service-fmhss">Department of Social Services - Family and mental health support  </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.headsup.org.au/healthy-workplaces">Heads Up – Healthy workplaces support</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.lifeline.org.au/">Lifeline</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.smilingmind.com.au/covid19-support-page">Smiling Mind – Supporting yourself and others through Coronavirus</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/topic/mental-health">Safe Work Australia - Psychological health </a><br />  </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 17 Jul 2020 05:20:59 +0000 Safe Work Australia Volunteers and COVID-19 https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/other-resources/volunteers-and-covid-19 <div class="node node--type-basic-page-covid node--view-mode-rss node--promoted layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The information on this page is intended to help volunteer organisations and volunteers understand their work health and safety (WHS) duties in relation to COVID-19. </p> <p>For comprehensive general information on the how the model WHS laws apply to volunteers and volunteer organisations, you can refer to our:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/node/1287">Information for volunteers</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0312e1a7-5559-4531-bede-edc181c0d1ab" href="/doc/essential-guide-work-health-and-safety-organisations-engage-volunteers" title="The Essential Guide to Work Health and Safety for Organisations that Engage Volunteers">Information for volunteer organisations</a></li> </ul> <p>The model WHS laws have been implemented in all Australian jurisdictions except Victoria and Western Australia. For detailed advice in relation to volunteers and WHS you should <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="12c234af-dab3-4118-8023-6d440023df92" href="/whs-authorities-contact-information" title="WHS regulators' contact information">contact the WHS regulator in your jurisdiction.</a></p> <p>You can also seek further information on volunteers from a <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="b011655c-da63-498d-8b5c-7568d5812df4" href="/volunteer-peak-bodies" title="Volunteer peak bodies contact details">volunteer peak body</a> in your state or territory. </p> <h2>Are volunteers covered by the model WHS laws?</h2> <p>Yes, unless they are volunteering on behalf of a ‘volunteer association.’ A volunteer association is a group of volunteers working together for one or more community purposes. An organisation of volunteers that does not employ any person to carry out any work for them is not covered by the model WHS Act.</p> <p>However, if an organisation employs one or more paid workers (for example, a book keeper), it is carrying out a business or undertaking and will be covered by the model WHS Act. If it also engages volunteers, the volunteers will be covered by the model WHS Act and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) will owe them WHS duties as they do for paid workers. </p> <p>Refer to our general <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8555a192-0e3e-4639-b0ef-921edc322957" href="/topic/volunteers" title="Volunteers">information on volunteers</a> if you are still unsure whether the model WHS laws apply to your volunteer organisation.</p> <h2>What is a PCBU’s WHS duty to volunteers in relation to COVID-19?</h2> <p>If a PCBU is covered by the model WHS Act, its duties to unpaid volunteers are the same as their duties towards paid workers. </p> <p>Read more information on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="aab46afe-3a60-44be-94ea-d5e6dc0e88a5" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/duties-under-whs" title="Duties under WHS laws">WHS duties</a>. </p> <h2>Can volunteers continue to perform work during the COVID-19 pandemic?</h2> <p>Yes. If a volunteer organisation is covered by the model WHS Act it owes specific duties to volunteers, just as it does to paid workers. The information on this page will help organisations that engage volunteers determine whether they are covered by the model WHS Act and if they are, how they can meet their duties.</p> <p>However, regardless of whether volunteers are covered by the model WHS Act, when carrying out volunteer work they should comply with <a href="/node/2550">physical distancing</a> requirements, practice <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6e089ba4-1369-4389-b156-a1bda44f483e" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/hygiene" title="Hygiene">good hygiene</a> and follow any other measures being taken in the broader community to reduce the risks of contracting and spreading COVID-19. </p> <p>In some cases, this may require changes to the arrangements for volunteer work. For example, working remotely or from home if possible.</p> <p>For more information see the <a href="https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert">Department of Health’s website</a> and our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="2beaa26c-5e89-47e5-8c21-a8c5cc74af66" href="/coronavirus" title="COVID-19 Information for workplaces">COVID-19 Information for workplaces</a>.</p> <h2>How can a PCBU meet their WHS duty to volunteers in relation to COVID-19?</h2> <p>PCBUs will need to identify all activities or situations where volunteers are at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 while doing their volunteer work. They must then assess the level of risk that people carrying out these activities or in these situations may contract and spread COVID-19 in the workplace. PCBUs must then determine control measures that will minimise the risk of a volunteer contracting and spreading COVID-19 so far as is reasonably practicable.</p> <p>PCBUs must also take into account any other new or changed risks arising from COVID-19, such as risks to <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ba51f77e-9d50-4c36-a465-a5377c405b56" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/mental-health" title="Mental Health">mental health</a>, including those that may arise from working in isolation due to the pandemic (for example, if working from home arrangements are put into place for volunteers as a control measure to minimise the risk of COVID-19). PCBUs may also need to address the risk of <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="28160c5f-1500-4a88-8408-0813e17c856a" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/work-related" title="Work-related violence">work-related violence</a> that can arise, such as from increased customer stress, frustration and anxiety in a retail store from having to comply with measures put into place to comply with physical distancing requirements.</p> <p>Remember, PCBUs must consult with workers, including volunteers, and any health and safety representatives when identifying risks and control measures for their workplace. Refer to our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="294aad48-1912-444f-bf1f-7c85798b61ee" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/consultation" title="Consultation">web page on consultation</a> and our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e8139efa-f44d-44ed-b0b9-8658e03eb144" href="/doc/model-code-practice-work-health-and-safety-consultation-cooperation-and-coordination" title="Model Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination">model Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination</a> for further information.</p> <p>For further general assistance on the risk management process, refer to: </p> <ul> <li>our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="17ac9b61-9694-4d61-ad74-e31410fa074b" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/risk-assessment" title="Risk assessment">COVID-19 risk assessment page</a> </li> <li>our information on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6ef1c88b-bb2b-43f8-9f55-6a04df30afbf" href="/doc/key-considerations-undertaking-risk-assessment-covid-19" title="Key considerations for undertaking a risk assessment - COVID-19">key considerations for businesses to take into account when assessing the risks associated with COVID-19</a></li> <li>our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3c0237ec-86bd-4056-b58b-3cb92119322e" href="/doc/template-and-example-covid-19-risk-register" title="Template and example COVID-19 risk register">example risk register</a></li> <li>our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1b76c87d-59f1-4c7b-9b12-8db3d75c6513" href="/doc/model-code-practice-how-manage-work-health-and-safety-risks" title="Model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks">model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks</a>, and</li> <li>our guide on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="afc7db21-3e06-45bb-8ca7-4e376732790d" href="/doc/how-determine-what-reasonably-practicable-meet-health-and-safety-duty" title="How to Determine what is Reasonably Practicable to meet a Health and Safety Duty">How to determine what is reasonably practicable</a></li> </ul> <h2>Do PCBUs have to conduct a risk assessment specifically in relation to volunteers and COVID-19?</h2> <p>No, but all workers, including volunteers, must be taken into account as part of the broader risk assessment carried out in relation to COVID-19 in the workplace.</p> <p>If volunteers are carrying out specific tasks or activities or performing work at particular locations or workplaces that are different to paid workers, this must be considered when applying the risk management process regarding COVID-19.</p> <h2>What can a PCBU do if volunteers are worried about contracting COVID-19?</h2> <p>PCBUs should talk to their volunteers to understand more about their concerns. Once PCBUs have an understanding of the precise nature and degree of volunteers’ concerns our guidance on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ba51f77e-9d50-4c36-a465-a5377c405b56" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/mental-health" title="Mental Health">mental health</a> may be of assistance. </p> <p>PCBUs should also remind volunteers of the services that are available to them for support, e.g. the <a href="https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/">Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service</a>. It might also be helpful for volunteers to talk to their treating medical practitioners, such as their GP. </p> <p>Refer to Safe Work Australia's Guide: <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f40a4cfc-f4d4-4b25-86ed-9345e811bd31" href="/doc/work-related-psychological-health-and-safety-systematic-approach-meeting-your-duties" title="Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties">Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties</a> for more general information on managing risks to mental health in the workplace. </p> <h2>What should a PCBU do if a volunteer contracts COVID-19?</h2> <p>If a volunteer has contracted COVID-19 PCBUs will need to follow the health advice provided by the public health authority in their jurisdiction. Contact your <a href="https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments">state or territory helpline</a> for further information.  They may also be required to notify their WHS regulator. For information on when to notify the regulator, see our guidance on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="34fd4c56-a2e4-4376-83f9-373b306be55a" href="/doc/incident-notification-covid-19" title="Incident notification - COVID-19">Incident Notification</a>.</p> <p>Our guidance on <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1c93abb8-7bfe-454a-b874-df50d1b7faa5" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/covid-19-your" title="COVID-19 in your workplace">COVID-19 in your workplace</a> may also help you understand what to do if a volunteer is diagnosed with COVID-19.</p> <h2>A volunteer has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Are they entitled to workers’ compensation?</h2> <p>They may be. Workers’ compensation arrangements differ across jurisdictions, however generally to be eligible for compensation a worker (including volunteers) will need to: </p> <ul> <li>be covered by your workers’ compensation scheme, either as an employee or a deemed worker, </li> <li>have contracted the COVID-19 virus out of or in the course of their employment. </li> </ul> <p>Your workers’ compensation authority will determine whether your volunteer is covered by their scheme and if they are entitled to workers’ compensation. They will consider each claim on its merits, with regard to the individual circumstances and evidence. </p> <p>You can find more information on our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6ca174a2-321d-4bbb-b519-d3e2a8bde1b5" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/workers" title="Workers' compensation">workers’ compensation page</a> or you can contact your jurisdictional <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f469e277-c8bb-433b-a519-9bb7ee13c9f6" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/taxi-and-ride-share/workers-compensation" title="Workers' compensation">workers’ compensation authority</a> for information.</p> <h2>Do volunteers have any WHS duties in relation to COVID-19?</h2> <p>If their organisation is covered by the model WHS Act, volunteers have the same duties as all other paid workers. That is, they must:</p> <ul> <li>take reasonable care for their own health and safety</li> <li>take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons</li> <li>comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the PCBU to allow the them to comply with the model WHS laws</li> <li>cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the PCBU relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been notified to workers</li> </ul> <p>These duties apply in relation to COVID-19 as they do to all other WHS risks. For more information about workers' duties, go to our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="aab46afe-3a60-44be-94ea-d5e6dc0e88a5" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/general-industry-information/duties-under-whs" title="Duties under WHS laws">Duties under WHS laws page.</a><br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:03:41 +0000 Safe Work Australia Private Security https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/private-security <div class="node node--type-basic-page-covid node--view-mode-rss node--promoted layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="block_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:block_content.full" data-entity-type="block_content" data-entity-uuid="8df8c792-146e-4ba0-bfdd-2e7ed224b94c" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="alert alert-info" role="alert"> <p>There are current public health directions restricting business operations in some industries in Victoria. For more information, go to the <a href="https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus">Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website</a>.</p> <p>Restrictions to business operations may also be in place in other states and territories. If you want to know what restrictions on business operations apply to your workplace, go to your <a href="https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information">state and territory government website</a>. </p> <p>Safe Work Australia does not regulate or enforce WHS laws or COVID-19 restrictions on business operations. If you want to know how WHS laws apply to you or need help with what to do at your workplace, <a href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/whs-authorities-contact-information">contact the WHS regulator</a> in your jurisdiction.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This page includes resources for the Private security industry on work health and safety, workers’ compensation and COVID-19.</p> <p>The Private security industry is mainly engaged in activities related to protecting the security of businesses, public places, private residences or individuals, either in person or through the installation or use of security technology.</p> <p>It includes:</p> <ul> <li>personal protection and bodyguard services</li> <li>security guard services</li> <li>crowd control services</li> <li>night patrol services</li> <li>armoured car services</li> <li>burglary protection</li> <li>private detective or investigation services</li> <li>alarm monitoring services</li> <li>fire alarm and security system installation and repair </li> <li>enquiry agencies</li> <li>locksmith services </li> </ul> <p>Workplaces can include public or private property, and may involve extensive contact with the public (e.g. security guard at a nightclub) or relatively solitary duties (e.g. night patrol). <br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:40:36 +0000 Safe Work Australia Snow and Ski https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/snow-and-ski <div class="node node--type-basic-page-covid node--view-mode-rss node--promoted layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="block_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:block_content.full" data-entity-type="block_content" data-entity-uuid="8df8c792-146e-4ba0-bfdd-2e7ed224b94c" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="alert alert-info" role="alert"> <p>There are current public health directions restricting business operations in some industries in Victoria. For more information, go to the <a href="https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus">Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website</a>.</p> <p>Restrictions to business operations may also be in place in other states and territories. If you want to know what restrictions on business operations apply to your workplace, go to your <a href="https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information">state and territory government website</a>. </p> <p>Safe Work Australia does not regulate or enforce WHS laws or COVID-19 restrictions on business operations. If you want to know how WHS laws apply to you or need help with what to do at your workplace, <a href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/whs-authorities-contact-information">contact the WHS regulator</a> in your jurisdiction.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This page includes resources for workplaces in the Ski and Snow industry on work health and safety, workers’ compensation and COVID-19.</p> <p>We also have information for the following sectors:</p> <ul> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fdc8ac95-ae82-4a0d-980d-b78b2d870aa0" data-target-href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/retail" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/retail-supermarkets-and-shopping-centres" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="Retail, supermarkets and shopping centres">Retail</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="32814f86-0c4c-4b25-abb2-9075f82eb0e3" data-target-href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/hospitality" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/hospitality" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="Hospitality">Hospitality</a> including dining in services and functions</li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c3c72365-3f70-4705-aaf6-05d85c9e0871" data-target-href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/accommodation-services" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/accommodation-services" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="Accommodation services">Accommodation</a> including shared accommodation;</li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c621e393-5e2f-46cf-9e70-5f193b268623" data-target-href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/beauty-salons-and-day-spas" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/beauty-salons-and-day-spas" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="Beauty salons and day spas">Beauty salons and day spas</a></li> <li>Childcare services (see <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="b5e4ea26-903e-48a5-aefe-9791318637cc" data-target-href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/early-childhood-education" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/early-childhood-education" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="Early childhood education and care">early childhood education</a>)</li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d4358475-5482-4940-afe9-4117e121123a" data-target-href="https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/public-transport" href="/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/public-transport" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="Public transport">Public transport</a></li> </ul> <p>The ski and snow industry in Australia involves providing winter recreation services and goods to the public, including skiing, snowboarding and ski-field hospitality, retail and accommodation. This includes:</p> <ul> <li>Ski resort / ski-field operations, including lifts</li> <li>Equipment and clothing hire</li> <li>Ski-schools</li> <li>Ski resort/ ski-field accommodation (link to accommodation services guidance)</li> <li>Food and beverage services at ski resorts / ski-fields (link to hospitality guidance)</li> <li>Ski retail services (link to retail guidance)</li> </ul> <p>Workplaces may include areas where workers interact with visitors in open, outdoor spaces such as ski‑fields, ski-lifts and ski-school practice slopes; and indoor spaces such as ski and snow equipment rental and sales outlets, hotels, hostels, bars and restaurants.</p> <p>The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has also published the <a data-target-href="https://ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19#ais_framework_for_rebooting_sport" href="https://ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19#ais_framework_for_rebooting_sport" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank">AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment</a> which provides advice on how to resume high performance and professional sport, and community and individual sport. This framework aligns with the <a data-target-href="https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-national-principles-for-the-resumption-of-sport-and-recreation-activities" href="https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-national-principles-for-the-resumption-of-sport-and-recreation-activities" rel="noreferrer nofollow noopener" target="_blank">National principles for the resumption of sport and recreation activities</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:36:22 +0000 Safe Work Australia