Last updated 19 May 2020
This guide is to help you stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic
First things first
Under WHS law, all employers or businesses are required to manage the risk of COVID-19 to workers and others in the work environment.
Businesses and workers must:
- Comply with national and state public health directions
- Promote the simple but effective social distancing and hygiene measures
- Raise any concerns about the risk of contracting COVID-19 immediately with the employer and work with them to identify solutions. Learn more
- Monitor the extent of COVID-19 in your community and share advice from state and federal authorities regularly.
Assess the risk
All workplaces must assess the risk (in consultation with workers) and look for ways to minimise the spread of the virus. These may include:
- ceasing non-essential work activities that involve close personal contact (less than 1.5m)
- implementing controls to reduce direct contact with workers and customers, including:
- social distancing of at least 1.5metres (1 person per 4sqm indoors)
- barriers to create space at counters, between workstations, seated areas etc.
- modifying shifts and rosters to reduce peak periods
- actively supporting flexible work arrangements, including working from home.
- Implementing controls to reduce environmental exposure, including:
- inspecting and reviewing air conditioning and ventilation systems
- increasing cleaning and disinfection of high traffic areas or shared surfaces
- provide cleaning products and instruction for cleaning workspaces
- provide instruction and amenities for personal hygiene and infection control
The situation is evolving and this advice is subject to change
- NSW Government 's Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice hub for advice and information for community and businesses.
- Australian Government Department of Health for the latest information in relation to the spread and clinical management of the disease.
This Safework Australia fact sheet outlines key information for the building and construction industry on minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19.