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COVID-19 Information for Workplaces: Information for Small Business and Preparing Workplaces


Small Business


Under the model Work Health and Safety laws, employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. These laws apply even if workers are required to work somewhere other than their usual workplace, for example, working from home.



Workers also have a duty to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, and to not adversely affect the health and safety of others. 


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Preparing Workplaces


The Model Work Health and Safety Laws


Under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes:

  • providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risk to health and safety, and

  • providing adequate facilities for workers in carrying out their work.

To meet your duties, you must identify risks at the workplace, and where possible eliminate or minimise those risks.

You need to consider what can be done to eliminate or control a risk, whether a control measure is ‘reasonably practicable’, and if it is reasonable to implement the measure.

To decide if something is reasonably practicable, you need to consider the:

  • likelihood of the risk occurring

  • degree of harm that might result, and

  • availability and suitability of a control measure.


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Cases of the COVID-19 virus are increasing in Australia and the situation is changing rapidly. You can access the latest information from australia.gov.au.