Preparing for and managing COVID-19 in the workplace

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2022 2:53pm

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Responding to a case or outbreak in your workplace or business

People who have tested positive to COVID-19 are expected to inform their employer of their diagnosis.

Staff are not considered close contacts unless they have had household-like exposure to cases for more than four hours, without wearing masks.

Businesses and workplaces are not listed as exposure sites.

Public Health may be in contact if several cases are linked to your premises or event.

Employer actions

  1. If the worker is still in the workplace, direct them to go home to isolate for seven days from the day they tested positive and follow the checklist for positive cases
  2. Refer to your COVID-19 Risk Assessment or COVID-19 Safety Plan and/or Outbreak Management Plan.
  3. Consider the need to notify WorkSafe Tasmania of the case (for example, if the case may have been infected through work).
  4. While protecting the case’s right to privacy, advise other staff in the workplace to monitor for symptoms. If they get any symptoms, even mild, they should isolate and get tested as soon as possible.
  5. Encourage people in the workplace to wear face masks. Facemasks help slow the spread of COVID-19 and are especially important when physical distance cannot be maintained between people, and for people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  6. Ensure cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched areas in the workplace,. Read about cleaning after a case.
  7. Continue to encourage COVID-safe behaviours including staying at home and getting tested for any symptoms of COVID-19, physical distancing, maximising ventilation, hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Best practice guidance for COVID-19 management in workplaces

Public Health has produced a series of Best Practice Guidance fact sheets to provide business and organisations with detailed information about the ongoing management of COVID-19 in Tasmania.

The information is relevant to both individuals and workplaces to help protect against COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory viruses.

Public Health response to a confirmed case

When someone has a positive COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or a positive PCR, they become a confirmed COVID-19 case in Tasmania.

The care you need will be available if you receive a positive COVID-19 result.

If you have a positive PCR, you will receive a message if your result is positive.

If your RAT is positive you need to register the result to access services.

Public Health contacts cases by SMS. This is to assess their risk of severe illness from COVID-19, the risk to people around them, and to provide instructions about isolation and informing their close contacts.

Read more about what to do if you test positive.


Checklist: Preparing for a COVID-19 case or outbreak

Checklist: Responding to a COVID-19 case or outbreak

Cleaning and disinfection after a case

View all the latest templates and fact sheets