Covid Safe WHS Guidelines

At the beginning of the Covid 19 lockdowns, we advised transparent communications between employers and employees on the health and safety for your families and employees. To review this advice refer to this article and others we have posted through the pandemic on the Domestic Payroll website.

As restrictions ease, many of us are returning to work in new ways. There are some steps and precautions we can all take to make this as safe as possible for our families, friends, work colleagues and the public in general.  While there are still national and state public health orders in place (to stay isolated if you have any cold/flu like symptoms); there are many things we can do to as individuals to find a new normal.

  • Promote simple but effective physical distancing and hygiene measures
  • Raise any concerns about the risk of contracting COVID-19 immediately and work together to identify solutions.
  • Monitor the extent of COVID-19 in your community and share advice from state and federal authorities regularly.

By acknowledging the following guidelines, we can ensure a safe and healthy work places for all.

  • If you or someone you have been in contact with has symptoms and has tested positive for Covid 19 then you must remain isolated until you have returned a negative test or a minimum of 14 days. This will be determined by individual employers.
  • How sick is too sick before a work day is cancelled and requesting a doctors certificate to confirm good health?
  • Discuss with your nannies about flu vaccinations (and when available covid vaccinations) and if this is mandatory for your employees employment, who will pay for it.
  • If you are using public transport to commute to and from work, please ensure you follow the transit guidelines as outlined by the transport authorities.
  • Wash your hands on a regular basis and use hand sanitiser every time you enter and leave the workplace.
  • Avoid public areas during busy times.
  • Clean the workspace regularly to reduce cross contamination and remain hygienic at all times.
  • Remain flexible to the Australian Government changes the restrictions on workplace safety. Guidelines should be amended to adhere to these regulations.
  • It is recommended that individual workplaces create a covid safe work policy that includes daily hygiene and expectations as well as WHS guidelines that cover expectations on health of family and employees; for example sick leave, illness, workplace cleanliness
  • Encourage transparency between employee and employer relations and activities for the wellbeing of the workplace.

For more information and the full list of guiding principles, see

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/safe-workplaces

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-childcare-school-exclusions-faqs