Employers / Principals / Occupiers take note! While you opening your door to welcome your employees and contractors back to work, know your obligation. Workplace Safety and Health (COVID-19 Safe Workplace) Regulations 2021 come into operation on 1 Jan 2022.
If it is reasonably practicable for employee to perform that work at the employee’s place of residence, it should not be working at work premises.
Relevant employees who are permitted or required to attend (or both) at the work premises is limited to not more than 50% of the relevant employees for those work premises at any one time.
Occupier / Employer / Principal to ensure personnel entering in the premises for work engagement is vaccinated / recovered person and has cleared status / excepted persons / etc (refer to regulation 9, 10, 11 & 12 for details)
Employer / Principal is to collect, record and hold vaccination information about the employee of the employer or the worker of the principal.
Employee or worker of a principal who becomes a diagnosed person must notify, without delay after becoming aware that he or she is a diagnosed person, his or her employer or the principal (as the case may be) of any work premises which the employee or worker has attended in the relevant period (a period of 7 days before the date tested positive) about all notifiable matters relating to the employee or worker.
Employer / Principal is to establish and apply appropriate internal policies and procedures and adequate controls; monitor compliance; and remedy any non-compliance.
Employer / Principal / Occupier is to ensure compliance on requirement such as wearing mask, maintaining physical distance, minimising physical interaction, minimising working across multiple workplaces, tracing contact, controlling entry, cleaning of work premises and responding to case of infection.
Employer / Principal is to appoint at least 1 individual as Safe Management Officer.
Employer / Principal is to communicate to all employees the internal policies and procedure and their duties.
Employees who failed to notify to their Employer when being diagnosed will be fined not exceeding $4000.
Providing false vaccination information shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
Other offences related to the regulation shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; or in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.