COVID-19 Information for Specific Industries: Building and Construction
The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws require employers* to take care of the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace.
providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risk to health and safety; and
adequate facilities for workers in carrying out their work.
As an employer, you must identify risks at the workplace, and where possible eliminate or minimise those risks.
Workers in the building and construction industry are at risk of exposure to COVID-19
The number of workers on a construction project can vary significantly between projects and from day to day. Where workers work closely together it increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19. You must therefore do everything that is reasonably practicable to keep workers a safe distance apart while they are onsite.
You must implement control measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that other measures to address well known work health and safety risks continue to be implemented (e.g Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)). This is the case even if implementing control measures result in delays to your project schedule or cause disruption.
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