Tuesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. The theme for 2020 is Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day is a time to think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.
By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.
COVID-19 has brought with it a need for Australians to adapt to rapidly changing workplace practices. Under the model work health and safety laws, employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others in the workplace. This duty extends to managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Safe Work Australia has developed COVID-19 information for workplaces to help employers respond to COVID-19, including information specific to the Oil and Gas Industry (including FIFO and DIDO workers).
The duty of employers under the model WHS laws apply to psychological health too. This is a stressful time for all Australians, and employers must do what they can to reduce the psychological risks to workers and others in the workplace. See the Safe Work Australia Mental Health and COVID-19 webpage for more information.