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Manufacturing and warehousing

Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your warehouse or manufacturing business to keep workers, contractors and visitors safe on site.

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Having a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place will help to protect your staff and customers.

You can either:

Updating your plan

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

The plan available on this page will always be the most recent.

If you have registered as a COVID Safe business online and you update your safety plan, you do not need to register again.

Suggested checklist for your COVID-19 Safety Plan

  • Exclude staff and customers who are unwell from the site.
  • When inducting staff and visitors on site, provide information on how to stay COVID Safe.
  • Provide staff with information and training on COVID-19, including when to get testedphysical distancing and cleaning.
  • Make staff aware of their leave entitlements if they are sick or required to self-isolate.
  • Display conditions of entry (website, social media, site entry).

  • Develop a Travel Action Plan and provide information to staff and visitors about how to travel to your workplace in a COVID Safe way.
  • Where reasonably practical, ensure workers and essential visitors (e.g. engineers) maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing at all times including at meal breaks and in office spaces and meeting rooms.
  • Ensure storage points are frequently reviewed to ensure equipment is not crowded, where practical.
  • Consider placing markers on the floor to help with physical distancing.
  • Use telephone or video platforms for essential meetings where practical.
  • Where reasonably practical, stagger start times and breaks for staff members to minimise close contact.
  • Request contactless delivery and invoicing, where practical. Otherwise, drivers should remain in their vehicles while staff unload the delivery, where possible. If not possible, drivers should sanitise their hands before unloading the delivery.
  • Calculate maximum limits on the number of people within an area, such as offices, meeting rooms, site sheds, and clearly display the occupancy number at entry points.
  • Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.
  • Consider signage near lifts of site elevators directing workers to maintain physical distancing wherever practical.
  • Consider what work can be done offsite, such as prefabrication work, or administration work from home.

  • Adopt good hand hygiene practices.
  • Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels.
  • Ensure rubbish collection is performed regularly to avoid rubbish overflow.
  • Have hand sanitiser at key points around the site, such as entry and exit points and meal areas. Hand sanitiser may not work well if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Trades services should make sure hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser are available in work vehicles for mobile tradespeople.
  • Clean areas frequented by staff or customers at least daily with detergent or disinfectant. Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces several times per day with a detergent or disinfectant solution or wipe.
  • Disinfectant solutions need to be maintained at an appropriate strength and use in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning and wash hands thoroughly before and after with soap and water.
  • Where reasonably practical, consider methods to avoid sharing items, such as pens and pencils, tools or workstations.
  • If sharing tools and equipment is unavoidable, clean them with a detergent solution or disinfectant wipes in between use.
  • Place signs about physical distancing, hygiene and hand washing practices around the workplace to remind workers.
  • Avoid using drug and alcohol testing methods such as wall mounted breathalysers, that risk cross infection through saliva/respiratory secretions.

  • Keep a record of name and a mobile number or email address for all staff, site visitors and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. Ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.
  • Make your staff aware of the COVIDSafe app and its benefits to support contact tracing if required.
  • Cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at your workplace, and notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

Become a COVID Safe business


Step 1

Download your COVID-19 Safety plan

Download, print and complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan: manufacturing and warehousing (PDF, 222.82 KB) for your business.

Step 2

Register as a COVID Safe business 

If you've completed and downloaded your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register your business as COVID Safe.

Register a COVID Safe business



Last updated: 26 June 2020


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