Pandemic risk management for business

The Queensland Government has provided a Pandemic risk management for business guide on how your organisation can manage the risks associated with a pandemic.

Your obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act

During this crisis, it is important to remember your workplace obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld). 

The Act is in place to ensure the health and safety of workers and others. Under the Act, employers need to ensure that the work health and safety of each of their workers and others is not affected by the conduct of the business. 

As an organisation, your obligations include:

  • Ensuring your employees are not exposed to risks to their health and safety
  • Providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment
  • Ensuring safe systems of work
  • Providing and maintaining safe equipment
  • Providing information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure health and safety
  • Putting in place effective health and safety management practices which protect visitors to the workplace
  • Ensuring that all others who enter into your workplace, including volunteers, contractors and members of the public are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

This is only an overview of the Act. There is more detailed information on the Workplace health and safety page.

For more information on workplace rights and obligations visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Worksafe Queensland 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management

WorkCover

WorkCover Queensland has released a helpful COVID-19 FAQs section, answering general questions workers, employers and medical and allied health providers may have including:

  • If my work has to close down due to COVID-19, will I be covered for lost wages?
  • What information do I need to provide to lodge a claim for COVID-19?
  • What safety measures do I need to take to protect my workers?
  • Does WorkCover cover my worker's wages during this quarantine period?

Visit the WorkCover website here.

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