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Compliance Matters – February 2020

Compliance Matters – February 2020

Welcome back to Compliance Matters and a big hello to all new readers. The Compliance Lab team hopes that you and your business has had an amazing month. We are excited to provide you with updates and upcoming opportunities that are relevant to your business.

Photo Shoot

During the month of February, we had a fun photo shoot with the amazing Sister Scout Studio. We thought we would share some of our favourite pictures.

Compliance Corner

We thought this month we would cover the important topic of Coronavirus and what we should be doing in the workplace to protect our businesses.

Exposure to coronavirus in workplaces

Employers have a duty to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees. This includes identifying risks to health or safety associated with potential exposure to the coronavirus.

A coronavirus infection can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. The World Health Organization have confirmed that the main driver of transmission is from symptomatic patients, through coughing or sneezing.

Identifying risks to health

Employers must identify whether there is a risk to health of employees from exposure to coronavirus at their workplace.
Identifying the level of risk can include:

  • monitoring expert advice as the coronavirus situation develops (for example, from the Chief Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services – links below)
  • reviewing infection control policies, procedures and practices, to ensure they are effective and are being followed
  • educating and keep employees up to date on new information
  • monitoring the latest Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) travel advice on the Smartraveller website (link below) for anyone planning to travel overseas for work, particularly to China
  • considering whether work activities put other people at risk
  • talking to employees who have:
    • been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020*
    • been in Hubei Province, China in the past 14 days
    • been in close contact with confirmed cases of novel coronavirus
    • travelled or are planning to travel overseas for work, particularly to mainland China

*Mainland China excludes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

Controlling risks to health

Where a risk to health is identified at a workplace, employers must, so far as is reasonably practicable, eliminate the risks, or minimise the risks. The type of control measure required depends on the level of risk as well as the availability and suitability of controls for each workplace, and may include:

  • providing adequate facilities or products (such as hand sanitiser) to allow employees to maintain good hygiene practices
  • advising any employees to self-isolate at home for 14 days if they have:
    • been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020
    • travelled to Hubei Province, China in the past 14 days
    • been in close contact with confirmed cases of novel coronavirus
  • developing an infection control policy

Everyone in the workplace should practice good hygiene by:

  • regularly cleaning their hands with soap and water (minimum 20 seconds) or an alcohol-based hand rub. If hands are visibly dirty wash them with soap and water
  • always washing hands with soap and water before eating and after visiting the toilet
  • covering their nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and disposing of used tissues immediately
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • seeing a health care professional if they are unwell, and staying away from the workplace and other public places
Relevant Links

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

https://www.health.gov.au/news/press-conference-at-parliament-house-about-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Quote for the Month

“Make it your daily obsession to make the most of your potential.”

– Tom Bilyeu


If you have any questions regarding your compliance obligations and its implementation into your organisation, please contact Compliance Lab. If you have any questions regarding your compliance obligations and its implementation into your organisation, please contact Compliance Lab.