January 30th, 2020

Coronavirus and the risks in the workplace

Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. A new strain of Coronavirus, known as novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), was recently reported in Wuhan, China.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Worker or someone who is responsible for Workers (eg a business), the risk associated with any infectious disease must be managed.

Businesses that have direct contact with sick or ill patients/customers should review their infection control policies and procedures and monitor the Coronavirus situation as it develops.

As a worker, there are obligations under WHS legislation to protect yourself and others. You must

  • Ensure you monitor your personal health
  • Consult with your treating professional if you are experiencing symptoms and
  • Inform your employer of any infection risk to others

If you believe you are at risk , you should raise your concerns with your Manager or WHS representative.

NSW Health has information on the risks, protection and work, school and travel arrangements.
The RACGP has more information on coronavirus available on this link https://www.racgp.org.au/coronavirus