Employers and businesses may also have other obligations under laws administered by WorkSafe Tasmania. Some businesses have contacted us to ask what will the regulator do if a business is unable to meet these obligations as a direct result of COVID-19. Our current advice is:
- keep up to date with Coronavirus.tas.gov.au (external link) advice on controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including any restrictions on normal business activities, and respond accordingly
- if there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your place of business, you should seek advice from Public Health Services (external link)
- if Public Health Services becomes aware of a positive diagnosis, it has procedures in place to track the movements of the person and will provide advice on what action should be taken
- current legislative requirements remain in force; however, if you are unable to meet your regulatory obligations because of COVID-19 then we will take a reasonable and proportionate response.
(To ensure this information is easy to understand, we have referred to 'employers' and their responsibilities. However, under the work health and safety laws, duties apply to a 'person conducting a business or undertaking' (PCBU) which includes employers and also others who engage workers. See our information about PCBUs for more detail.)