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How do I keep my employees safe?


To keep workers safe and limit the spread of COVID-19, every employer should do the following at their workplace:

  • allow workers to work from home, where possible
  • ensure physical distancing by keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres between people
  • encourage all workers to frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and to practise good hygiene
  • be aware of how to spot COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath) and make sure workers do not come to work if they are unwell
  • make sure your workplace is regularly cleaned and disinfected
  • have signs and posters around the workplace to remind workers and others of the risks of COVID-19 and the measures that are necessary to stop its spread

Protect vulnerable people in your workplace


If you have a vulnerable person working for you, you should support them to work from home where possible. If that isn’t possible, you must do a risk assessment and may need to make other work arrangements for them.

Vulnerable people – people at greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19 – include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with a compromised immune system

Changes to your workplace


All employers are encouraged to consider alternative ways of delivering their business practices and services, such as:

  • switching to online ordering
  • payment and delivery

If it is not possible to work from home or redesign practices, it is vital that no worker comes to work if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

If unwell, workers should contact their primary health care provider, who can liaise with the local public health authority to determine when it is safe for them to return to work.