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Dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace | health and well-being

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If you own or operate a business, you should review your business continuity plans and consider how you can mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.

Continue to encourage:

Preparing for COVID-19 in the workplace

You should consider how your business will continue to operate if employees contract COVID-19.

Consider security measures such as:

  • Screening employees, contractors, customers and other visitors to the workplace for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date timesheets and attendance records of employees in the workplace, e.g. B. through a virtual or physical registration
  • Maintain up-to-date contact information for employees so you can let them know to watch for symptoms if a colleague gets COVID-19
  • for vulnerable and high-risk environments to ensure customers, contractors and other visitors use the Check In Qld app.

When an employee gets COVID-19

If an employee gets COVID-19, they must isolate themselves for 7 days from the date they tested positive. Learn more about what an employee needs to do if they get COVID-19.

No other workers are required to quarantine unless they are deemed to be close contacts.

workplace cleaning

As soon as you discover that someone with COVID-19 has visited your workplace, you should carry out a routine cleaning with household cleaning products. Deep cleaning is not necessary.

You may have to close temporarily to do this, but most businesses only have to close for a short time.

Promote immunizations in the workplace

A vaccinated person is far less likely to become seriously ill if they contract the virus and less likely to spread COVID-19 to others.

Queensland has vaccination requirements for some vulnerable and high-risk environments to protect workers and the community. Even if you work outside of these industries, you should encourage all employees to get vaccinated to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 to your workforce.

This is particularly important for vulnerable people in the workplace, including those with pre-existing medical conditions or with unvaccinated family members.

Some companies have already implemented vaccination requirements to protect their employees and customers. Fair Work Australia offers a range of guides for employers seeking national advice on COVID-19 and Australian labor laws.

COVID Safe Management Plan

Businesses can use the COVID Safe Management Plan, which is a useful tool for recording:

  • Details on hand hygiene training and PPE training for employees and contractors
  • Physical distancing instructions, including distancing from desks, canteens and high-traffic areas of the workplace
  • cleaning protocols
  • Room ventilation or use of outdoor spaces
  • when to wear face masks
  • Work from home details
  • Details to facilitate online shopping and online customer loyalty
  • Details for contactless deliveries and online paperwork.

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