SafeWork SA recently announced that its inspectors will be contacting employers to provide guidance and support on how to maintain their work health and safety responsibilities in line with COVID-19 advice, including help to manage the health and wellbeing of their workers.
The phone-based contact will be aimed at businesses across South Australia with a focus on educating workplaces on the need to have safe systems of work in place to manage risks associated with the pandemic.
Businesses should have safety controls in place to manage their workplace, including consulting with workers and managing those working from home, according to SafeWork SA.
Psychological health will be a focus, educating employers to manage the risks associated with this, and the regulator said many workers are now working from their homes where additional risks could arise, such as feelings of isolation, the stress associated with caring for children, relationship strain or increased exposure to domestic violence. Employers must do what they can to reduce the psychological risks to their workers.
SafeWork SA recognises the COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional set of circumstances for workplaces and this educational campaign intends to support workers and employers to achieve safety outcomes, said SafeWork SA executive director Martyn Campbell.
“There’s a range of educational resources available for employers to manage the risks relating to COVID-19 and our inspectors will ensure they are provided with targeted guidance and support for their specific industry,” said Campbell.
“We want South Australian businesses to be operating safely during this challenging time. Our inspectors will apply a risk-based approach and consider what is reasonably practicable given the circumstances.”