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COVID-19 Winter Update 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Winter COVID-19 update - an overview of the current COVID-19 situation and practical advice for all Tasmanians.

How is my business affected?

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2022 3:30pm

All businesses and organisations have duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 to provide a safe environment for workers, contractors and visitors in the workplace. With that in mind, we take a look at some common questions that business owners and operators have about their obligations and how to stay COVID-safe.

For more information and support for business operators go to the Business Tasmania website.

Yes you can, but only if the COVID-19 measures you require them to observe are obvious to anyone who enters the workplace. This may be through a sign at the entry to the premises. The measures should be clearly described and easy to read.

Yes. You can ask a worker to go home if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Requiring workers to leave the workplace is a reasonably practicable step under WHS laws to protect the health and safety of other workers and visitors to the workplace.

Best practice is to document this measure in writing, so that your workers and visitors are aware of the measure in advance.
If you send a worker home, their pay and entitlements will depend on the provisions in their employment contract, industrial award or industrial agreement. You should seek legal advice to clarify your obligations or contact the Fair Work Commission.

Businesses are obliged under workplace health and safety (WHS) laws to provide a safe working environment for workers, contractors and visitors.

You should undertake a risk assessment and  review your COVID-19 safety plan to effectively manage the risk of COVID-19 in your workplace.

A risk assessment helps identify the likelihood of transmission in your workplace, and the degree of harm the transmission might cause. You then identify the measures that you will put in place to reduce the likelihood and/or the harm, that could  be caused.  
Review your risk assessment and COVID-19 safety plan regularly, especially when changes to COVID-19 rules and community transmission occur. You must do a risk assessment to meet your WHS duties. Document the measures you identify for your workplace in your COVID-19 safety plan.

Walk around your workplace with your workers to make sure all the measures are in place and working well. Identify a person or a resource for workers seeking additional information or support.

The WorkSafe Tasmania Advisory Service or the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) WHS Advisory Service can provide guidance on risk assessments and the COVID-19 control measures best suited for your business.

You can contact WorkSafe Tasmania on 1300 366 322. The TCCI WHS Advisory Service can be contacted on 1300 559 112.

Businesses needing support such as legal or financial advice are encouraged to consider the Tasmanian Government’s Small Business Advice and Financial Guidance Program. Round two is open until 30 May 2023. Under this program a business can apply for grants of between $750 and $1,500 to engage a suitably qualified service provider.

Please contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 for more information about this program and to find out about a range of free services they offer.

Yes. Some workplaces may require proof of a negative test. Some workplaces may require proof of a negative test to protect vulnerable people from respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 and flu. You should document this measure in writing, so that your workers and visitors are aware of the measure in advance.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, it is recommended you get tested.

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