Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Small Business Planning Tool
STEP 1 - What work can my small business do?
Start by finding out the rules and knowing your OHS responsibilities
Check what I'm allowed to do
You must follow the public health directions in your province or state. Check what you are allowed to do for your type of business and make sure you can operate safely under these conditions.
Check I can keep my workers and customers safe
OHS legislation requires that you ensure the safety of your workers, yourself and any others in the workplace as much as you reasonably can. Check advice from your OHS regulator or contact HSE International.
STEP 2 - Plan and prepare to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic
Take time to think about new health and safety risks in your business. What could go wrong?
Have I done everything I reasonably can to keep people (workers, customers, visitors and myself) at my workplace physically and psychologically safe during the pandemic?
Have I consulted with my workers about the risks (new and existing) and how we can address them?
Have I talked to the other businesses I work with or share a premises with?
Does everyone know what to do if they become unwell (e.g. when to stay away from the workplace) or where to get help when they are having problems (e.g. mental health)?
How have I kept myself, workers and customers safe in the past? And how has COVID-19 changed that (Are there any other new or changed risks I need to consider)?
Have I trained my workers on new processes and equipment?
What will I do if someone gets COVID-19? What will I do if someone becomes unwell? Have I updated my risk assessment?
Talk to workers
What do I need to talk to workers about?
Are my staff trained in what they need to do?
Prevent the spread
Distancing – how will I ensure people can keep physically apart?
Cleaning - How will I clean my workplace?
Hygiene – how do I prevent germs spreading?
Tell customers and businesses we work with
Have I updated our information and
know about any new arrangements? Have I put signs up about
what to do?
Look out for each other
How will you and your workers take care of each other? How will you let each other know if there's a problem (e.g. reporting)?
Are workers or others (e.g. customers and visitors) in my workplace particularly vulnerable?
STEP 3 - Monitor & review
Don’t set and forget - you must continue to make sure workers are safe and that you keep talking to them.
Keep up to date and follow public health and WHS advice.
Isolated work & less support
Are staff now working alone or with less support? Are the ways we used to manage safety less effective? How will workers report issues/incidents? How will I proactively check they are ok?
Is our work causing stress (or a risk to mental health)? What can we do to reduce the stress?
Do I need to update OHS plans due to to changed processes and work? Are there new risks? E.g. are there risks from misusing personal protective equipment if not trained or of violence or aggression from customers?
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