As the COVID-19 curve continues to flatten, and as restrictions are eased, we need to think about how we are going to transition our workforces back into the workplace.
NSW, QLD and WA Governments recently announced plans to ease social distancing restrictions from May, but VIC government has indicated it won’t take similar steps until it is certain there is no community transmission.
As with all hazards in the workplace a detailed risk assessment is required for COVID-19. Compliance OH&S are providing this service to businesses now to help them get ready for the transition. Some points to think about when transitioning your workforce back into the workplace:
What physical and psychological risks need to be assessed?
Are controls reasonably practicable?
Have you consulted with workers?
What are the workplace arrangements for social distancing?
How will you continue with hygiene?
Who and how often will the workplace be cleaned? How can you be satisfied that the cleaning is thorough and regular?
If someone is showing symptoms at work (including cold, flu or other respiratory problems), what will you do with them?
How are you going to keep up to date with Federal and State health authorities’ COVID-19 information and guidance and communicate this information to your staff?
You can find further information from our partners Kingston Reid here: https://kingstonreid.com/insights-news/are-you-covid-19-ready-to-get-back-to-your-workplace/
The NSW Government is supporting thousands of small businesses across NSW struggling to cope with the COVID-19 shutdown to receive grants of up to $10,000.
To be eligible, businesses will need to:
Have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
A payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
Have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
Be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
Use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
Provide appropriate documentation upon application.
Applications for a small business grant of up to $10,000 will be available through Service NSW within a fortnight and remain open until 1 June 2020.
Implementing safety controls in your workplace is one of the eligible costs that businesses can spend the grant money on. Compliance OH&S have partnered with Frontline Response to manage your worksite modifications including signage, barriers and all your PPE supplies. Frontline Response is committed to helping businesses navigate the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic by offering businesses a co-ordinated approach to implementing a Covid-19 Safety Management plan that both protects staff and allows businesses to keep their doors open.
Contact them at: 1300 COVID RISK (1300 268 437) | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.frontlineresponse.com.au