During this challenging time, ANZSOM is committed to providing members with up to date resources and information regarding COVID-19 to assist their practice and to reduce the impact on workplaces and workers. Below are some resources and information that you may find useful. State branches and other organisations are also holding webinars and online training in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are also listed below.
Latest news & resources for the occupational health workforce
Victoria OHS Act - Legislation requiring COVID-19 cases to be reported to WorkSafe
The Victoria Government have made temporary changes to the Occupational Health and Safe Act (OHS Act) requiring employers to report COVID-19 cases directly to WorkSafe. It is expected this legislation will be in force for the next 12 months. This legislation has become effective from Tuesday 28 July 2020.
What are your legal requirements?
In this state of emergency and pandemic situation, timely notification of potential workplace transmission of COVID‑19 is critical for efficient and effective management of related health and safety risks.
The OHS Act COVID-19 legislation will require employers to notify WorkSafe if:
an employer becomes aware that an employee or independent contractor engaged by the employer, and any employees of the independent contractor, has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and has attended the workplace within 14 days of being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. The infectious period is 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received.
a self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus and has attended the workplace within the infectious period. (14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received).
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has developed a useful fact sheet, providing guidance about when and how to use face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including how to put them on and off and how to dispose of them. While not specifically for workplaces, the fact sheet is simple to read and well illustrated. Follow the link below to download the fact sheet.
A number of previous webinars related to COVID-19 are now available to view.
Health Benefits of Good Work webinar
How to support employees who are vulnerable to COVID-19 return to the workplace
Presented by Ms Simonie Fox, Ms Lucy Hartley and Prof Malcolm Sim AM
16 September 2020
This webinar recording is brought to you by the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC), a medical and scientific organisation that provides an assembly for representatives of occupational and environmental medicine societies worldwide. ANZSOM is a member of the IOMSC.
Occupational health measures in the preparedness and response to COVID-19 at the workplace
This webinar was delivered live on 23rd March 2020. It provides an overview of WHO’s recommendations for preparedness and response to COVID-19 at the workplace, as well as, perspectives from the United States and the corporate private sector.
A recording of the full webinar is available here.
Answers to the questions that were asked are available here.
Links to the recording and slides can also be accessed on IOMSC’s website: www.iomsc.net.
Department of Health online learning
COVID-19 Infection Control Training
The Department of Health is offering COVID-19 online training for care workers across all sectors including health, aged care and disability. You can access the new online Infection Control Training Module: 'How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19'.
In response to the global crisis the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) is distributing Coronavirus courses from some of the world’s leading education providers. The content is being provided free of charge to all registered healthcare professionals around the world.
The courses are delivered through Android and iOS Apps to your phone. To access the courses please register for an account at https://wcea.education/covid/. Once registered, you will be emailed an account login and a link to download the App.
Information and resources from Federal and State Health Departments
All Departments of Health have COVID-19 pages that are frequently updated and contain practical resources and information for clinicians. The pages are updated daily so save to your favourites and subscribe to updates where available. Social media feeds are also available.
Information and resources from Safework Australia and WorkSafe/WorkCover
Safe Work Australia - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Employers Safe Work Australia has published updated information for employers on managing the risks from COVID-19. The Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Employers web page includes information on what an employer should do to protect workers and others at a workplace. It includes a range of information about working from home.
Including, information about what ANZSOM members are doing and how you can help
ICOH/EPROH survey - COVID 19 preparedness and lessons learned
Pandemic preparedness is one aspect of emergency preparedness. To be able to better support organisations in this field in the future, ICOH/EPROH invite you to share your specific “lessons learned” from the last months and in which fields you see a need to stress our attention in the future.
Challenges and opportunities for occupational medicine
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our healthcare workers are in urgent need of occupational health services and advice. Dr Peter Connaughton, Occupational Physician, describes the challenges and the opportunities for occupational medicine.
AHPRA calls on retired and non-practising healthcare workers
With healthcare worker shortages anticipated across Australia, AHPRA is calling on retired and non-practising workers to rejoin the workforce. They are working with health departments and others to prioritise registration for medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, paramedics and pharmacists as a matter of urgency.
Victorian occupational physicians step up to the COVID-19 challenge
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Victoria has appointed a panel of occupational medicine physicians to support the Victorian public heath response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working as part of the public health team within DHHS, the panel, led by Dr John Parkes, contributes to policy and strategy to prevent COVID-19 transmission in workplace settings. It responds to requests for medical and policy advice and informs industries and workplaces of appropriate measures to be established in preparation for, and in subsequent implementation of, relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. Of course with the second wave now upon us in Victoria, there are a raft of issues associated with outbreaks in, and spread from various workplaces.
Our hats are off to those working in this important area.
Join the Occ Health JISC Mail group
Occ-health is a list open to everyone with an interest in teaching, learning and research in occupational health and safety.
COVID-19 Reporting module (myosh)
The purpose of the COVID-19 module is to allow people to report either a suspicion of or actual COVID-19 illness. It is designed to facilitate effective communications to HR and provide advice to affected individuals based on government guidelines.
Click here to watch a webinar on the COVID-19 Reporting Module, provided by myosh.
COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it. But as infection rates begin to slow and restrictions lift to allow businesses to re-open, your organization may be facing a significant challenge: how can you ensure an efficient return to work process while also ensuring your employees are protected?
To ensure your workforce can get back on the job safely, our certified occupational health, safety, and infectious disease experts have created this resource kit to help streamline your return to work process.