Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks is encouraging Central Coast businesses to take advantage of a new online toolkit which provides detailed guidance for businesses and workers on how to stay safe from COVID-19.
The Safe Work Australia (SWA) website has been transformed into a centralised information hub which can be easily searched to find specific industry related work health and safety guidance, Wicks said.
“The gradual easing of restrictions means it is essential to have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information about how to stay safe in the workplace,” she said.
“The SWA website brings together all the information businesses and workers need into one centralised hub, providing users with fast and easy access to detailed guidance that is directly relevant to their specific industry.
“This includes guidance about physical distancing, personal protective equipment, worksite cleaning, how to conduct risk assessments and design emergency plans.
“There are also case studies further explaining how to manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.”
The toolkit features work health and safety guidance relevant to 23 specific industries including, aged care, building and construction, early childhood and education, health care, hospitality, NDIS, office, retail and trades and home maintenance.
“Developing the toolkit was a key recommendation of the National Cabinet which recently released a set of national guiding principles to help get the economy up and running again safely,” Wicks said.
“Whilst regulations may differ between individual states and territories, it was important for small business operators to think about their circumstances and how they will operate when they reopen.
“We know the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on lives and the economy, which is why it’s so critical that businesses start to prepare now for how they will operate safely as lockdown restrictions ease.
“Each industry and business will be different, so I would encourage every business to think about their unique circumstances, consult their peak body, check out SWA’s new website and start preparing now.”
Media release, May 7
Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks