News & Views

28th July 2021

Regulations renewed to manage COVID-19 risks

A new critical regulation ensuring the efficient and effective management of COVID-19 risks in Victorian workplaces were renewed and came into force yesterday, 27 July. 

The remaking of the regulations for an additional 12 months will ensure employers continue to notify WorkSafe COVID-19 cases in their workplaces. Employers are required to inform WorkSafe immediately on becoming aware that an employee or independent contractor has received a confirmed diagnosis and attended work during this period; self employed persons who have visited the workplace must also contact them as well if they too fall into these categories.

Failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 can lead to fines of up to $43,617 (240 penalty units) for an individual or $218,088 (1200 penalty units) for a body corporate.

To notify WorkSafe of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or for more information about the infectious period for the purposes of notification, employers or self-employed persons should visit https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/report-confirmed-positive-case-covid-19 or call the WorkSafe advisory service on 13 23 60.