If you are still working, whether that is at your usual workplace or at home, you are entitled to have a safe place of work.
Employers are required to consult with their workers and health and safety representatives about safety in the workplace and must ensure that proper measures are put in place to eliminate and reduce hazards, which in relation to COVID-19 may include:
- Increased hygiene and infection control measures;
- Increased use of flexible work practices and working from home;
- Physical distancing;
- Personal protective equipment; and
- Additional cleaning services.
If you are concerned that the measures being taken are inadequate, you should contact your union or your workplace health and safety representative. Health and safety representatives have the power to issue notices of improvement. If you don’t have a representative or you’re not a union member, you should speak to your employer directly about your concerns, alternatively seek advice from your state or territory’s work safety authority. You may have the right to refuse or cease work if you are concerned about exposure to a serious risk to your health and safety from an immediate or imminent hazard.