COVID-19 and Work Health and Safety

​​​​​​​​Coronavirus in th​​​e agricultural workplace

Employers can find information about coronavirus including; what it is, how it spreads, who is most at risk, and what you can do to help stop it spreading on the following websites:

COVID-19 Safe Workplaces

The Tasmanian Government has launched a COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework to support businesses and workplaces to continue to operate, or reopen, while protecting Tasmania's health and safety. 
 
The Framework includes minimum standards developed in consultation with Public Health that will be established in new regulations under the ​Work Health and Safety Act 2012.  Business and workplaces are required to be able to demonstrate how they are complying with the minimum standards if asked by an inspector.

The COVID-19 SafeFarming Contractors Guidance Sheet​ will help you determine if it is safe for a contractor, field officer, agronomist, consultant or authorised visitor to enter your farm, and to manage any visit.

  COVID-19 SafeFarming Contractors Guidance Sheet   (684Kb)

WorkSafe Tasmania has developed a checklist and COVID-19 Safety Plan templates to help  businesses and workplaces demonstrate compliance with the minimum standards. The inspector will ask for a completed checklist or COVID-19 Safety Plan, and evidence that any processes or procedures put in place to implement the Safety Plan are being applied in the workplace.

As restrictions are eased workplaces that are reopening will be expected to have a Safety Plan in place. Workplaces that have continued to operate should prepare a Safety Plan by 15 June 2020.
 
WorkSafe Tasmania are developing COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines​ for a range of industries as a practical guide to how workplaces can meet the minimum standards. In addition, the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has created an online planning tool to help businesses develop a plan to keep workers, customers and the community safe from COVID-19.
 

Other work health and safety (WHS) resources

​​​​​WorkSafe Tasman​ia's Coronavirus webpage​ including information on employer responsibilities and incident notification obligations, as well as links to resources on COVID-19 workpalce safety in different industries, workers compensation, health and mental wellbeing, and business/employment. Where appropriate, the site links to the Safe Work Australia website or information from other jurisdictions.
 
Safe Farming Tasmania​ is continuing to operate as normal, except for the suspension of routine on-farm visits (until further notice), and can support you in developing your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Senior WHS Consultant Phillip John can also advise you on managing other health and safety issues on your farm. Please see the Safe Farming Tasmania contact details at the bottom of this page.

​Safe Work Australia's website has been ​updated to provide a central information hub for WHS guidance and tools to help manage risks posed by COVID-19. It includes an agriculture industry page that can be filtered to tailor resources to the needs of employers, small businesses or workers. You can even subscribe to industry-specific updates. 
 
Agricultural businesses needing to use personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should consult: 

​The industry​ resources​​​ page also includes links to sector-specific information and resources for managing COVID-19 WHS risks. This includes the National Farmers’ Federation COVID-19 Workplace Guide which includes:
  • practical information for all agricultural businesses on COVID-19
  • good hygiene and social distancing practices
  • access to labour and workforce planning
  • WHS obligations
  • industrial relations
  • useful links

Contac​ts​

WorkSafe Tasmani​​​a
Phone:  1300 366 322
Email:  wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au​
Safe Farming Tasmania (support for farmers)
Phone: 0407 015 400
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