In line with ballooning case numbers the VIC Government has changed the requirements to remove some (but not all) of the circumstances where the business needs to notify WorkSafe VIC of a COVID infection in the workplace. This weeks Safety Highlight will explore these changes
From 14/1/2022 the requirement to notify WorkSafe VIC each time an employee (or contractor) is confirmed as a COVID positive case that was in the workplace during their infectious period, has been removed.
“It is important to note that this is not the only COVID notification requirement. While its removal does mean that most businesses will not be completing as many notifications to WorkSafe VIC there are still circumstances where the business has to report” notes ACAPMAs Elisha Radwanowski.
Business are required to notify WorkSafe VIC;
- If there is a case where someone gets COVID at work and has to go straight to hospital or dies
- If there are 5 or more positive COVID cases at a single workplace in a week
“Importantly, the changes do not change or remove the need for the business to manage the COVID risk at the workplace. Businesses must continue to keep up with the latest information, assess risk based on the changing information, implement mitigation policies, strategies and controls, and ensure that all systems and compliance is reviewed regularly” continues Elisha.
For more information see; https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19
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Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)