COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework

The Government has a plan to ‘Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania’. As part of this plan, all workplaces that are reopening will be required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with minimum COVID-19 safety standards. Workplaces that have continued to operate should consider completing a safety plan by 15 June 2020. Minimum Standards will be introduced by 15 June 2020.

Templates are available below to support small and medium-sized businesses to assist in the development of COVID-19 Safety Plans based on sector-specific guidelines. Developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan is the best way to demonstrate compliance with the Minimum Standards.

As workplaces reopen, they will need to demonstrate their compliance with the Minimum Standards. A timeline for reopening workplaces provides a guide on when business will be allowed to reopen. Funerals and churches wanting to have funeral services of up to 20 people from 11 May 2020 will need a COVID-19 Safety Plan. While it is recommended for funerals under 10 to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place, it is not a requirement from Monday 11 May 2020.

From the 15 June 2020, all funerals will be required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Similarly, restaurants and cafes in all settings, community and local government facilities and libraries from 18 May 2020 will also need a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

There are Public Health Orders in place that require current workplaces to comply with many of the Minimum Standards. All workplaces must comply from 15 June 2020.

Business are encouraged to register for COVID Ready window stickers and posters once their COVID-19 Safety Plan is developed and in place.This sticker or poster will provide the Tasmanian community with confidence that your workplace is best prepared to manage and respond to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework

The COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework supports businesses and workplaces in Tasmania to continue to operate, or reopen, while protecting Tasmania's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Framework is made up of three key parts:

  • Minimum Standards to manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in workplaces.
  • COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines to provide more detail on how sectors and workplaces can meet the Minimum Standards.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans to outline how each workplace complies with the Minimum Standards.

Minimum Standards

Minimum Standards for managing the risks of COVID-19 in all workplaces will be introduced by 15 June 2020. The Minimum Standards have been developed in consultation with WorkSafe Tasmania and Public Health and will be in place for 6 months, but may be extended if necessary.

The Minimum Standards require all workplaces to:

  • Manage the risks of a person contracting or spreading COVID-19 in the workplace
  • Implement and maintain a cleaning schedule across the workplace
  • Have good hygiene procedures and practices (such as washing and/or sanitising of hands)
  • Ensure workers who have been instructed to quarantine or self-isolate don’t come to the workplace
  • Make sure physical distancing requirements are met by workers, contractors and other people entering, leaving or moving around the workplace.
  • Provide information, training and supervision on how the risks of COVID-19 are to be managed and ensure all processes and procedures are applied by workers.
  • Provide information and instruction to other people who attend the workplace about how they are to comply with your processes and procedures, and make sure they apply them.

You are required to be able to demonstrate how you are complying with the Minimum Standards, if asked by a workplace inspector. Developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan is the best way to demonstrate compliance with the Minimum Standards.

You will also need to be able to show any processes or procedures you have put in place to implement your plan. The workplace inspector may check that your plan and procedures are being applied in the workplace.

COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines

We understand that one size doesn’t fit all. Safe Workplace Guidelines are being developed through consultation with industry sectors as a practical guide on how your workplace can meet the Minimum Standards.

WorkSafe Tasmania has a list of completed Sector Guidelines and targeted complete dates for the remaining sectors. Guidelines can also be downloaded from www.worksafe.tas.gov.au once available.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan will depend on the size and nature of your workplace. The person controlling the workplace has the duty to manage the risks in the workplace. They should decide how best to developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan. See the Common work health and safety terms.

Workplace toolbox and resources

Checklists and templates are available to help you develop your workplace COVID-19 Safety Plans. These will provide businesses and workplaces already operating, or those preparing to reopen when safe, a chance to review existing practices and prepare themselves for when restrictions are relaxed.

  • Checklist – how to keep your workers safe and limit the spread of COVID-19 and to help you to start thinking about measures to include in your COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Safe Workplace Guidelines – practical guides on how your business can meet the Minimum Standards will be available from www.worksafe.tas.gov.au as they are developed.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plan Template for Small Businesses – a practical step-by-step guide to completing a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plan Template for Medium-Sized Businesses – This template provides a broader framework for developing COVID-19 Safety Plans and can be used by any workplace that wants greater flexibility in the process of drafting the COVID-19 Safety-Plan. Businesses that are already working to an industry standard for managing COVID-19 may find it easier to use the template for Medium-Sized Businesses. Large enterprises may already have well developed COVID-19 Plans in place for a range of workplaces. Existing plans need to be reviewed to ensure that meet the Minimum Standards.
  • COVID Ready Stickers and Posters – Stickers and Posters are available to promote the existence in your workplace of a COVID-19 Safety Plan.  This is not a Government endorsement or accreditation of your plan. It does, however, help workplaces to communicate with workers and customers that measures are in place to increase their health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will need to provide your ABN (if available) and declare that you understand your obligations and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place in your workplace. Register for a COVID Ready Stickers and Posters here.
  • Fact Sheet – An overview of COVID-19 Safety Plans.

For any queries

Visit WorkSafe Tasmania
Contact the Business Tasmania Hotline on 1800 440 026