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COVID-19 Vaccine National WHS guidance released

COVID-19 Vaccine National WHS guidance released

Safe Work Australia has released work health safety guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace in readiness for Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy commencing Monday, 22 February 2021.

SafeWork SA’s Executive Director, Martyn Campbell said the new guidance material is specific to vaccination and provides information and advice for businesses and workers about their role and responsibilities relating to the work health and safety duties and risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

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“Employers have a responsibility under Work Health Safety laws to eliminate, or where that is not reasonably practicable, to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Vaccinations should be considered as one way to apply a control measure in relation to COVID-19.

Workplaces must continue with all the other measures in place to stop the spread of the virus including physical distancing, good hygiene and regular cleaning and maintenance”, said Mr Campbell.

There are currently no laws or public health orders in Australia that specifically enable employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I strongly encourage businesses and workers to read the new guides and understand how to best provide a safe working environment for everyone”, said Mr Campbell.

Further information: COVID-19 vaccination – Safe Work Australia

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