Managing COVID-19 in workplaces

If you own or operate a business, you should review your continuity plans and think about ways you can mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.

Continue to encourage:

Preparing for COVID-19 in the workplace

You should consider how your business will continue to operate if staff contract COVID-19.

Consider safety measures such as:

  • screening staff, contractors, customers and other visitors to the workplace for COVID-19 symptoms
  • keeping accurate and up-to-date employee timesheets and records of attendance at the workplace, such as through a virtual or physical sign-in
  • maintaining up-to-date contact details for employees, so you can let them know to watch out for symptoms if a colleague gets COVID-19
  • for vulnerable and high-risk settings, making sure customers, contractors and other visitors use the Check In Qld app.

When a staff member gets COVID-19

When a staff member gets COVID-19, they must isolate for 7 days from the date they tested positive. Find out more about what a staff member needs to do if they get COVID-19.

No other workers need to quarantine unless they are considered a close contact.

Workplace cleaning

As soon as you become aware that someone with COVID-19 has attended your workplace, you should perform a routine clean with standard household cleaning products. A deep clean is not necessary.

You may need to close temporarily to do so, but most businesses will only need to close for a short time.

Encourage vaccination in the workplace

A vaccinated person is far less likely to get seriously ill if they contract the virus, and they’re less likely to transmit COVID-19 to others.

In Queensland, there are vaccination mandates in place for some vulnerable and high-risk settings to protect workers and the community. Even if you work outside of those industries, you should encourage all staff to get vaccinated to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading through your workforce.

This is particularly important for vulnerable people in the workplace, including those with underlying medical conditions or with unvaccinated family members.

Some businesses have already implemented vaccination mandates to protect their staff and customers. Fair Work Australia provides a range of guidance documents for employers seeking national advice on COVID-19 and Australian workplace laws.

COVID Safe management plan

Businesses can use the COVID Safe management plan, which is a useful tool to record:

  • details of hand hygiene training and PPE training for staff and contractors
  • physical distancing instructions, including distancing of desks, in lunchrooms and high-traffic areas of the workplace
  • cleaning protocols
  • room ventilation or use of outdoor spaces
  • when face masks should be worn
  • details regarding working from home arrangements
  • details regarding facilitating online purchasing and online client engagement
  • details for contactless deliveries and online paperwork.

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