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Your organisation will need to comply with any legal requirements (under national and state or territory law) to maintain a COVID-safe workplace. Our fact sheet below covers national, state and territory workplace COVID-safe requirements
Your return to work plan should be a carefully staged process. Here are some tips on how to plan your return to work.
Think about the size of your workforce and how many people are likely to be returning to the physical work environment. Considering your physical work environment (see ‘What WHS issues should we think about when planning our return to work?’), work out how many of your workers could reasonably return to your premises.
Conduct a risk assessment using our Risk Management Guide. Assess the risks associated with your workers returning to your physical environment. Among other things, your assessment must factor in your physical premises, your workers’ roles and their interactions with your clients.
Determine how to manage interactions with stakeholders external to your organisation.
Consult and communicate with your workers. Understanding the concerns of your workers, and taking precautions to manage these concerns is an important part of your legal duties. Tell your workers about the safety measures you are taking to ensure their health and safety as part of their return to work.
Consider your hygiene and cleaning practices. Use applicable Safe Work Australia resources on cleaning to prepare the physical environment. Access to hand sanitiser and PPE is only a small part of preparing your physical environment.
Review and prepare your policies. Consider whether your current policies appropriately address arrangements in place to foster safe flexible work, mental health and WHS practices.
Our Community has published a guide to creating a COVID-19 safe workplace for not-for-profit organisations. This guide includes information on modifying the workplace, cleaning your premises, dealing with the public and transport issues.
Checklist – factors to consider in your return to work plan
We've published a checklist (below) to help you plan a safe return to the workplace.