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
Getting back to work in a COVID safe way
For more SafeWork information on COVID-19 go to nsw.gov.au. There's information on:
Businesses and employers
- How to make your business COVID safe
- Working from home guidance for employers
- Occupational violence and customer aggression
- PPE suppliers list
- Fee and licence relief
- Financial assistance for business and employers
- What you can and can't do
- Financial help for individuals and households
- Stay safe and healthy
- Step-by-step guides
Other Translated resources
Supply of fake face masks
The COVID- 19 pandemic has resulted in fake respiratory protective equipment (RPE) entering the Australian market to meet demand.
Statement of regulatory intent
This statement sets out the enforcement approach that SafeWork NSW will take to ensure compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.