How to get approval to have additional people onsite in your business (QLD)

Hi everyone, Jackie Strachan here from HR Tactics with a newsflash HR Hot tip

DID YOU KNOW – In Qld there’s now a way to allow more people inside your business than the QLD restrictions are allowing

So provided that your businesses or organisation is in complete compliance with the requirements of an applicable COVID Safe Industry Plan and the relevant Health Directions, including social distancing requirements and floor space limits, you may have more than the limit of people in your venue or location as prescribed in the current stage of QLD’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions.

Before I go into that, I just want to clarify what’s required of businesses at the moment when it comes to safety planning because although we are HR Consultants Brisbane, we are getting enquiries from businesses Australia wide about this area.

PRE COVID-19

All businesses

Pre-Covid it was a legal requirement for ALL BUSINESSES to undertake planning to ensure they keep their business, their staff and their customers safe. This is called your WHS Plan or your Safety Management System and is a combination of procedures, documentation and training content.

COVID-19 – STAGE 1

all businesses

Since Covid-19 all businesses should have updated their Work Health and Safety (WHS) Plan to include strategies to manage COVID-19. This is an existing internal plan which does not need to be submitted to anyone for approval.

High Risk Businesses

The Chief Health Officer has identified some businesses as having a high risk of transmission, and therefore in QLD there is a requirement for these particular businesses to complete a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist the Govt developed, as well as completing the mandatory COVID Safe training. This information can be accessed through our Workplace Ready Toolkit at hrtactics.com.au

In QLD these high risk businesses include restaurants, cafés, beauty therapists and nail salons from Stage 1, and now extends to tattooists, tanning and spas from Stage 2 easing of restrictions.

If you do not offer these services, you do not need to complete a checklist. All businesses should, however, be following the work health and safety guidelines.

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COVID-19 – STAGE 2 (from 1st June to 10th July)

The QLD Govt has now also released a number of ‘Approved Industry COVID Safe Plans’. And any business or organisation that is in one of these Industries is being encouraged to download and follow this plan and complete the Statement of Compliance to demonstrate you are undertaking best practice as a COVID Safe Business.

Provided that your businesses or organisation is in complete compliance with the requirements of an applicable COVID Safe Industry Plan and the relevant Health Directions, including social distancing requirements and floor space limits, you may have more than the limit of people in your venue or location as prescribed in the current stage of QLD’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions.

I’ll just run quickly through the list of Approved Industry COVID Safe Plans’ that have just been released

So if you’re in QLD and your industry was listed there you will be eligible to adopt your Industry COVID Safe Plan.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  1. Go to our website and under the Resources page you’ll see our Workplace Ready toolkit
  2. Follow our “Industry Specific Information” link we have there because that will take you straight to the WorkSafe Website where you can look up QLD info and find the approved Industry COVID Safe Plan relevant to your business
  3. complete the statement of compliance included in the approved Industry COVID Safe Plan and display it in a public place in your premises before you start trading with additional customers from the commencement of Stage 2.

This information was provided with the intention of helping you find more clarity, confidence and peace of mind as you navigate your own journey as an employer. I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and if you think someone else would enjoy it please feel free to share it around.

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Jackie Strachan

Jackie Strachan

Jackie’s passion for creating better Human Resources outcomes stems from over 20 years’ experience in the field and a drive for finding innovative solutions.
Her HR career has seen her hold both operational and strategic HR management roles across a vast array of industry sectors including retail, financial services, child protection, professional services, dental, state emergency services, Department of Justice, agency recruitment and IT.
Combining her experience in each specialised area of Human Resources (such as learning & development, recruitment, WHS and employee relations etc), Jackie leads HR Tactics with an industry-respected foundation of knowledge.