Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management
It doesn’t matter if you’re a worker or someone who is responsible for workers, you must identify and manage work health and safety risks including the exposure to COVID-19. Businesses should also plan to respond to cases of COVID-19 at work in line with advice provided by the Department of Health www.health.gov.au.
Information is provided by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on the following topics:
- Preventing the spread of infection at work
- Personal protective equipment
WorkCover Queensland update
WorkCover would like to provide assurance to our customers and stakeholders that we are prepared should the local impacts of COVID-19 change. Our aim is that the support for our customers continues to be provided with no, or minimal, disruption.
We have the technology and capability to work remotely and we have the business continuity planning in place to ensure our customers’ needs will be addressed, and our business operations will continue.
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to help workers, employers, and providers with any general questions you may have in regards to the emerging situation.
Availability of disposable respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic
There is currently a shortage of disposable particulate respirators in Australia due to an increase in demand from health care workers and from the public and because many Chinese manufacturers have temporarily shut down.
This is an issue for workplaces which require disposable respirators to protect workers from exposure to hazardous dusts generated from various work processes.
This following information will assist non-health care businesses in Queensland to access disposable particulate and other types of respirators used to protect the respiratory system from exposure to hazardous particulate matter.
- Australian Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
- Queensland Health: Self quarantine information
- Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
- Code of Practice: Managing the work environment and facilities
- Smartraveller website
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- WHO: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19