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OHS (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (Vic)

Jul 30, 2020 5:08:45 PM / by Zawad Rahman

As of July 28th 2020, please be aware that this COVID 19 incident notification regulation is to be adhered to.  

 

Organisations in Victoria, MUST immediately notify WorkSafe after becoming aware that:

  • an employee, independent contractor, employee of the independent contractor or self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) and;
  • the employee, independent contractor, employee of the independent contractor or self-employed person has attended the workplace within the relevant infection period.

Details as follows:

Temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations) commenced on 28 July 2020.

 In this state of emergency and pandemic, timely notification of potential workplace transmission of COVID‑19 is critical for efficient and effective management of related health and safety risks, and the prompt investigation of potential breaches of employer duties.

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations will extend the operation of Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) to require duty holders to notify WorkSafe if: 

  • an employer becomes aware that an employee or independent contractor engaged by the employer, and any employees of the independent contractor, has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received); or
  • a self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received).

A penalty will apply for failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the OHS Act – up to $39,652 (240 penalty units) for an individual or $198,264 (1200 penalty units) for a body corporate.

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations are temporary and will expire 12 months. WorkSafe will review the OHS COVID-19 Regulations during the 12-month period of operation.

 

Further information is available on the WorkSafe Vic website here

Zawad Rahman

Written by Zawad Rahman

Zawad Rahman is a prominent educational tech specialist and is currently the National Sales Director (ANZ) at Global VIsion. An avid writer and content creator. Zawad was educated at RMIT where he completed his specialization in Software Engineering before launching a successful career that has panned well over a decade. For the past 14 years, Zawad has mentored, and worked with some of the biggest organisations in Australia before coming on board as National Sales Director at Global.