What is the COVIDSafe Plan?
The COVIDSafe Plan has been developed to support businesses to safely reopen, maintain a COVIDSafe workplace, and prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.
In order to be compliant with public health direction:
All businesses in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria must complete a COVIDSafe Plan.
This COVIDSafe Plan should be developed in consultation with workers and any relevant Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs).
In addition to completing this COVIDSafe Plan, you are still required to meet your obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
You must comply with a request to present or modify your COVIDSafe Plan, if directed to do so by an Authorised Officer or WorkSafe Inspector.
In addition to the general restrictions for all businesses, some industries require additional obligations due to a higher transmission risk.
How to develop your COVIDSafe Plan
Below is the COVIDSafe Plan template which you will need to complete. The COVIDSafe Plan is grouped into six COVIDSafe principles. These include:
1. Ensure physical distancing
2. Wear a face covering
3. Practise good hygiene
4. Keep records and act quickly if workers become unwell
5. Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
6. Create workforce bubbles
When completing your plan, under the ‘actions’ column of each COVIDSafe principle, you must outline the actions you will take to meet the listed requirement. You will note that if you are in a restricted or heavily restricted industry, additional requirements may apply.
NOTE: Your COVIDSafe Plan must be reviewed and updated routinely, and when restrictions or public health advice changes. Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
You do not have to lodge your COVIDSafe Plan with the Victorian Government. However, you may need to provide your COVIDSafe Plan to an Authorised Officer or WorkSafe Inspector upon request, or in the event of a confirmed positive case at your workplace. There will be virtual and physical inspections as well as desktop audits, to ensure the implementation of and compliance with your COVIDSafe plan.
Further information is available from this link.