General | COVID-19 Safety Plan

Resources and guidance for developing a COVID-19 safety plan if your business or industry does not have a specific safety plan, including crematoria and funeral homes.

Follow the steps below to ensure your business, staff and customers stay COVID Safe. 

Keep your business COVID Safe

Under WHS law, all employers or businesses are required to assess and manage the risk of COVID-19 to workers and others in the work environment.

To understand the risks to workers and other persons, employers must consider the risks associated with COVID-19 in the context of their workplace, including the physical layout, the work carried out at the workplace and interactions between workers and other persons who attend the workplace.

Employers are then required to implement reasonably practicable control measures to manage the risks of COVID-19 specific to their workplace (this may include a vaccination requirement for workers). Visit SafeWork NSW for more information.

Employers and businesses must also ensure they comply with any mandatory requirements under NSW public health orders.

Developing your COVID-19 Safety Plan

This COVID-19 Safety Plan template outlines actions you can consider taking to minimise the risk of a person with COVID-19 entering the workplace and spreading it to other people. 

There may be other actions you take to manage the risk of COVID-19 in your workplace, based on your specific environment and hazards. It’s up to each workplace to identify appropriate control measures and to comply with public health orders and WHS law.

Employers should consult with workers in developing their COVID-19 Safety Plan and share it with them when it is finalised.

How to complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan

Fill in your business details and select your business type.

You may need to review current NSW Health guidance on the following areas before completing your plan:

Following your risk assessment, outline the actions you will take in each section to manage the risk of COVID-19 in your workplace.

Once you complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan, select the print button to print the plan or save as a portable document format (PDF). 

Remember to keep a copy of your COVID-19 Safety Plan on your premises.

Keep your COVID-19 Safety Plan up to date

It’s important to monitor the evolving rules and restrictions and keep your COVID-19 Safety Plan up to date. 

Employers should continually assess the health and safety risks to their workers and others in the work environment, and implement control measures as required.

Effective 25 February 2022

Business details

If your business has multiple premises, complete a Safety Plan for each location.
Wellbeing of staff and customers

Exclude people who are unwell from the premises.

Provide staff with information and training on COVID-19, including COVID-19 vaccination, when to get tested, physical distancing, wearing masks and cleaning. 
Display conditions of entry such as requirements to stay away if unwell.
Businesses can require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in line with their COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Physical distancing

Support 1.5m physical distancing where possible, including:

  • at points of mixing or queuing
  • between seated groups
  • between staff.

Avoid congestion of people in specific areas where possible.

Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises. 
Ventilation
Review the 'COVID-19 guidance on ventilation’ available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/getting-back-to-work-a-covid-safe-way/ventilation-guidance and consider which measures are relevant to your premises before completing this COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Use outdoor settings wherever possible.
In indoor areas, increase natural ventilation by opening windows and doors where possible.
In indoor areas, increase mechanical ventilation where possible by optimising air conditioning or other system settings (such as by maximising the intake of outside air and reducing or avoiding recirculation of air).
Ensure mechanical ventilation systems are regularly maintained to optimise performance (for example through regular filter cleaning or filter changes).
Consider consulting relevant experts such as building owners or facility managers, ventilation engineers and industrial or occupational hygienists to optimise indoor ventilation.
Hygiene and cleaning

Face masks are encouraged in indoor settings where it is difficult to maintain physical distance from others.

Businesses can require workers and customers to wear face masks in line with their face mask policy.

Adopt good hand hygiene practices. Have hand sanitiser at key points around the venue.

Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels or hand dryers.

Clean frequently used indoor hard surface areas (including children’s play areas) at least daily with detergent/disinfectant. Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces several times per day.

Record keeping
Consider having a record keeping method in place to support contact tracing if a person with COVID-19 visits the premises.
Review the 'guidance for businesses with a worker who tests positive for COVID-19' available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/linked-with-positive-worker-case and have protocols in place in the event that a worker who tests positive for COVID-19 has been in the workplace.
Cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at your workplace, and notify SafeWork NSW if a worker has tested positive and is hospitalised or dies. Visit https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/COVID-19-Coronavirus for more information.

Now that you have finished, select the print button to print the plan or save as a PDF. 

 

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