Assess the COVID-19 risk for your workplace

Last Updated: 06 Sep 2022 12:20pm

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To comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the workplace, it is important for employers to do a COVID-19 risk assessment and put controls in place.

As with all workplace hazards, employers must understand the risk, have reasonable controls in place to manage the risk, and a system to maintain and adjust those controls as the risk changes.

Your risk assessment shouldn’t be a one-off. Keep assessing the risk and adjusting controls as the situation with COVID-19 fluctuates over time.

Maintaining a COVID-19 Safety Plan is a helpful way for employers to document their COVID-19 risk assessment and control measures.

Public health guidance on COVID-19 risk assessment

The level of workplace risk from COVID-19 will vary between workplaces and be influenced by:

  • the amount of illness and risk level in the local community
  • whether your workplace is indoor or outdoor, and how well ventilated it is
  • whether workers are at increased risk of COVID-19 from exposure in the workplace, for example if your workers provide services to people with COVID-19 or have contact with large numbers of people at work
  • whether workers can physically distance from other people in the workplace
  • whether your workforce includes people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including people who are not vaccinated
  • whether your workers provide services to people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or for whom management of COVID-19 may be complex
  • whether your workplace has significant key person dependencies, and capacity to manage high levels of workers absent due to illness
  • whether your workers provide essential services with limited worker surge capacity, for example emergency and healthcare services.

For more information, see Tasmanian Public Health guidance: Best Practice COVID-19 Safety for Employers

WorkSafe Tasmania guidance of risk assessment

Visit the WorkSafe Tasmania website for information, templates and checklists to help conduct your risk assessment and implement appropriate measures.

Resources

Best Practice COVID-19 Safety for Employers

WorkSafe Tasmania website