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Workplace safety during COVID-19

From Saturday 5 December 2020, mandatory contact registers are required for specified businesses. Learn more at our blog article.

Last updated: 18 May 2020

New workplace safety initiatives including online training and guidelines have been created, to provide additional guidance on maintaining employee and public health during the coronavirus pandemic.

WA mandatory hospitality sector training

WA's hospitality industry is being prepared for a return to business with the creation of a mandatory online COVID-19 hygiene training program. The certificate program is designed to ensure strong protections against transmission of coronavirus are in place when restrictions are eased, protecting hospitality staff and customers.

The specialised COVID-19 hygiene training course, delivered by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA, will need to be successfully completed by every staff member employed at a hospitality venue before businesses can reopen. The course draws on State and Federal health directions regarding COVID-19 and will cover the following modules:

  • understanding COVID-19 and the WA hospitality and tourism industry
  • reporting personal health issues
  • maintaining personal and work environment hygiene practices
  • contactless procedures and reducing cross-contamination
  • effective cleaning and sanitising practices.

Managers and supervisors will be required to complete more advanced tier two hygiene officer training in addition to the general course. Once open for business, a staff member with the more advanced accreditation must be on shift at all times, as the venue's dedicated hygiene officer. Businesses must also display signage that the venue is compliant with all conditions.

Both courses can be completed at  with tier two for venue hygiene officers available soon. Staff members undertaking the more advanced hygiene officer training are not required to complete the tier one training first.

Learn more about COVID-19 safety requirements for food businesses.

Safe Work Australia health and safety industry guidance 

The Safe Work Australia’s website offers a central hub of industry-specific work health and safety guidance and tools to help Australian workplaces manage the health and safety risks of COVID-19. Safe Work Australia develops national policies to improve workplace health and safety, and workers' compensation arrangements.

Website visitors can filter content in the new industry information for COVID-19 section to find information and resources tailored for employers, small business, workers and industry, as well as by specific health and safety topics. Topics include guidance around physical distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, workers’ compensation, conducting risk assessments and designing emergency plans. Case studies help explain how to manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Guidance for 23 specific industries, as well as general industry information, is listed on the website. New workplace health and safety content will continue to be developed and updated on the website as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Read Safe Work Australia's COVID-19 information for workplaces.

More information

The WorkSafe WA website offers additional information and resources on managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace, including FAQs and industry-specific information. 

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