We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic is having significant impacts on employers, workers, officers and others with duties under the work health and safety laws.
WorkSafe Tasmania inspectors are on the frontline educating employers and workers to ensure workplaces are actively applying COVID controls, protecting the safety of all Tasmanian workers and the broader community.
Inspectors are a key component of the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework. They work with industry to ensure that each and every workplace is managing its COVID risks and complying with Public Health directions.
Inspectors take a supportive and educative approach to compliance, particularly where employers and workers are making genuine attempts to comply with the new ways of working. If a business is not complying, inspectors may issue an improvement notice which provides clear directions on what the business needs to do to comply with COVID requirements.
Our approach is risk-based, like our work health and safety laws. If the risk of the virus spreading increases due to COVID cases occurring in Tasmania, our approach to compliance will change and may result in prohibition notices being issued to non-complying businesses.
WorkSafe has created an online suite of detailed, practical tools and information to help workplaces comply with their COVID obligations. See our COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework page.
WorkSafe’s Advisors can help small and medium sized business prepare their COVID Safety Plans. Their services are free and confidential. See our Advisory Service page.
WorkSafe has collaborated with other government departments and agencies to contribute to a COVID Safe Tasmania. We have been guided by interstate and international experience to prioritise our COVID activities.
WorkSafe is also guided by the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy (external link) which sets out the nationally agreed principles for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.