COVID-19 WorkSafe Victoria Update
August 5, 2020
With the continuing threat of COVID-19, and the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, WorkSafe VIC has recently moved to implement new regulations to The Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to COVID-19, in order to protect the health of individuals in the workplace.
The Regulations require employers to alert WorkSafe VIC in the immediate instance of becoming aware that an employee, independent contractor or contractor’s employee has received a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and has been in the workplace within the infectious period.
WorkSafe VIC instructed that once a COVID-19 diagnosed case is confirmed, it needs to be reported on immediately to WorkSafe VIC, and it is mandatory that full details are submitted in writing within a 48-hour period.
Heavy penalties have been set in place, and will apply for those that fail to notify WorkSafe VIC.
On 28 July 2020, the new regulations came into effect and will be in place for the next 12-month period.
These new regulations aim to reduce the health and safety risks for both employers and employees as a result of COVID-19.
For further information on the new Regulations please click here.
How can Gow-Gates assist?
At Gow-Gates we are committed to assisting organisations mitigate workplace risk, in particularly during these unique and extraordinary circumstances.
Our experienced Workplace Solutions team can provide you support to meet with new compliance standards and most importantly protect your workers and organisation.
If you have any queries regarding the new regulations outlined by WorkSafe VIC, please contact us:
P: 02 8627 9913