Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They are associated with the common cold and pneumonia. A new strain of Coronavirus, known as novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), was recently reported in Wuhan, China. A limited number of cases have been confirmed in NSW.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a worker or someone who is responsible for workers (eg a business), you must manage the risk.

Businesses that have direct contact with sick or ill patients/customers should review their infection control policies and procedures and monitor the Coronavirus situation as it develops.

Individuals who have not visited Wuhan, or come into contact with someone from Wuhan are unlikely to be at risk of contracting coronavirus.

If you have visited Wuhan or come into contact with someone who has, please monitor your health and seek advice from NSW Health via the health direct helpline 1800 022 222.

Worker advice

As a worker, you have obligations under WHS legislation to protect yourself and others. Please ensure you monitor your personal health, consult with your treating professional if you are experiencing symptoms and inform your employer of any infection risk to others.

If you believe you are at risk of infection of coronavirus, you should raise your concerns with your manager or WHS representative as soon as possible.

If you are not satisfied with the response you may contact SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or raise your concerns via our Speak Up platform.

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