To comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the workplace, it is important for employers to do a COVID-19 risk assessment and put controls in place.
As with all workplace hazards, employers must understand the current level of risk, have reasonable controls in place to manage the risk, and a system to maintain and adjust those controls as the risk and risk level in Tasmania changes.
Some businesses may require staff and visitors to adhere to certain measures, including the requirement to wear face masks as part of their workplace health and safety practices.
Please be respectful of these requirements and carry a face mask with you in case you need to wear one.
For more information, see Tasmanian Public Health guidance: Best Practice COVID-19 Safety for Employers
Visit the WorkSafe Tasmania website for information, templates and checklists to help conduct your risk assessment and implement appropriate measures.
For example, if you work in a high risk setting (hospitals, aged care and disability facilities) or provide in-home care aged or disability services you should not attend your work premises or come into direct contact with a person at high risk for seven days after you tested positive for COVID-19.
You may also be required wear a mask for up to 10 days when you do return to work.
If you have tested positive to COVID-19 and work in a high-risk setting, you should work from home where practicable.
You should talk to your employer to discuss options available to you and any additional measures to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 transmission in your workplace.
Check your workplace policy or visit the WorkSafe Tasmania website for more information.
If the person with disability is an NDIS participant, they can contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 if they need to make changes to their plan or are having trouble sourcing services due to COVID-19.
Support can return to normal once the person who tested positive to COVID-19 is no longer symptomatic but additional precautions should continue for up to 10 days.
See Outbreaks in a Disability Residential Supported Independent Living (SIL) Setting for information on if a resident or support worker in a SIL setting tests positive to COVID-19.