What else should an employer take into account when deciding whether a worker or other people need to stay away from their usual place of work?
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and safety in the workplace.
To inform any decisions about attendance at the usual place of work, you should:
- consult with affected workers and their representatives and, where relevant, Health and Safety Representatives
- consider what workplace or other laws might prevent the action being taken
- keep up-to-date with information about the risk and appropriate control measures such as official information sources and guidance materials
- seek advice specific to your circumstances, including from employee and employer organisations and legal providers
Sometimes controlling or minimising one risk to health and safety may mean that additional safety risks emerge that must also be eliminated or minimised. For example, if you direct workers to work from home, consider what other steps you may need to take to keep workers safe because your WHS duties will still apply if your workers are performing work at home. The Managing the work environment and facilities Code of Practice contains a work environment and facilities checklist (see Appendix B) that you may wish to use to ensure any alternate work environment and facilities are suitable.