Is Your Workplace Covid Ready For A Return To Work?

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Updated: October 29, 2020

With the relaxation of stay at home orders and as people slowly return to work, there are many businesses, particularly SMEs, who don’t have dedicated safety experts in their business to ensure their workplace is COVID-19 compliant.

The issues to confront with a return to work plan extend beyond social distancing and the liberal use of hand sanitiser. There’s the daily commute on public transport, how to deal with crowded elevators or stairwells, managing psychological stress, developing risk management strategies in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19, and hot-desking to name a few.

Drake International has released a range of new workplace safety compliance learning assets to support businesses managing COVID-19 return to work plans.  The two new modules cover workplace safety education for both managers and employees and cover topics such as Introduction to a COVID Safe workplace, WHS duties and workers’ rights, physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning and health monitoring.

“The beauty of our workplace safety and compliance learning modules is they are purpose-built by subject matter experts and delivered via an easy to use online platform that we can have up and running within a couple of days,” said Steve Fletcher, National WHSQ Manager at Drake International.

“The modules are also highly efficient and affordable, which is appealing for businesses who are juggling other operational and economic challenges at this time,” said Mr Fletcher.

The costs of not complying can include not only penalties relevant to a breach of OH&S laws and compensation claims, but to productivity, and brand reputation. The average compensation claim in Australia is $12,000. The penalty for businesses not providing employees with an induction into health and safety in their workplace, including home offices, can reach $100,000.

“We’re aware that compliance costs are a concern to business, especially in the current economic environment, but the Drake Safety induction modules represent exceptional value,” said Mr Fletcher.

The new COVID-19 Return to Work modules form part of Drake Safety’s comprehensive library of 38 OH&S learning modules covering a range of job and industry specific inductions.

Other modules can be added to a business’ eLearning library to create a complete compliance solution for all its staff and workspaces.

“We recognise that now, more than ever, businesses are run across all different settings. Whether that’s having some staff working from home, some staff in offices and some staff on the road,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Our modules are simple, quick and flexible for staff to complete and gain the required knowledge and skills. They also meet the requirements of the relevant WHS/OHS legislation and International WHS standards, so you can be certain you are mitigating risks for your staff and your business.”