Restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
Depending on your industry your workplace may:
- be required to be closed for onsite work
- remain open for onsite work with a completed COVIDSafe Plan or High Risk COVIDSafe Plan
- be subject to restricted operations or industry specific obligations.
These restrictions may be updated at any time. You must stay up to date with any changes for your industry.
How are my OHS obligations impacted by the restrictions?
There is no change to your obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) as a result of the restrictions.
Preparation of a COVIDSafe Plan forms part of the development of a safe system of work, however having a COVIDSafe Plan and complying with Chief Health Officer Directions does not necessarily mean you have complied with your duties under the OHS Act and OHS Regulations.
You must follow any health directions that apply to how your business must operate as well as ensure that you are meeting your obligations under the OHS Act. Employees must also comply with their duties under the OHS Act.
What it contains
A pandemic is the worldwide spread of disease. This guide has been prepared for use by employers in the event that the Federal Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer declares that a pandemic is affecting Australia.
This document tells you:
- what is a pandemic and its effects
- good occupational health and safety (OHS) practice in pandemic planning
- the community and workplace impact of a pandemic
- employer and employee obligations for health and safety
At the end of the document are resources on proper hygiene practices and a list of sources for more information or advice.