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Returning to the workplace

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How do we plan our return to work?

This question is relevant for all workers (paid and unpaid). Also, check out our fact sheet ‘Managing the return of volunteers to the workplace’. 
 
SafeWork Australia has published information to support organisations plan their return to work. We recommend you review these resources.

 

We've written about the different steps you can take on our page 'Planning your organisation's return to the workplace.' 

What work health and safety issues should we think about when planning our return to work?

This question is relevant for all workers (paid and unpaid). Also, check out our fact sheet ‘Managing the return of volunteers to the workplace’. 
 
There are many parts to an organisation's WHS duties, particularly as it prepares its workforce to return to work. 
 
Remember that governments are encouraging workers that can work from home to continue working from home. As your organisation plans its return to work, consider which workers are capable of performing their duties, or reasonable alternative duties, from home. 
 
There are a number of factors that influence how to appropriately bring workers back to the physical work environment. It’s possible that a measure to promote the health and safety of your workers as they return to work (such as staggered start times) may produce other unintended health and safety risks (such as workers using public transport late at night). 
 
Your organisation may want to form a suitably qualified committee to guide the organisation through these questions. Where necessary, you may also need to seek expert advice.
 

Checklist – factors to consider in your return to work plan

We've created the following checklist to help you plan a safe return to the workplace.

 
Last Updated: 03 March 2021

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