Business NSW

covid-19 workplace guide
winter 2022

To help you manage your workplace over winter, Business NSW and our peers at ACCI have set out this guide to address the key health, safety and employment issues.

COVID-19 has not gone away and will remain with us globally for years to come. We are likely to see fluctuations in global and local patterns of infection.

High vaccination rates here in Australia and increased international vaccination coverage, along with baseline measures of staying home when unwell, physical distancing, good hygiene and wearing masks as needed, will all help reduce the risk.

From time to time we can expect other measures to come and go depending on the nature of any new variant and ongoing vaccine protection.

In the long-term, governments expect the virus to become one of several respiratory infections which can be mitigated by effective public health interventions to reduce the risk of infection when outbreaks arise. 

For now, COVID-19 remains a threat and we are likely to have periods of less predictable waves of infections to deal with, particularly if new variants emerge or as immunity wanes.

Click to see the COVID Workplace Guide

Moving from emergency response 

There is a clear expectation from governments that businesses will manage COVID-19 as ongoing WHS and HR matters within their workplaces. As winter sets in, COVIDSafe controls will not only help protect workers from COVID, but also seasonal viruses such as flu and provide productivity benefits from reduced absenteeism.

Employers should, however, at all times be conscious of their particular legal obligations that will apply under the Fair Work Act 2009, respective State and Territory WHS legislation and Workers’ Compensation legislation, enterprise agreements, awards, contracts and policies and should seek further advice where necessary.

Our guide addresses the key health, safety and employment issues winter may bring.

Types of topics covered

  • Control measures: Stay at home
  • Control measures: Ventilation
  • Control measures: Cleaning and Hygiene
  • Control measures: Masks and PPE Vaccination
  • Information and training, Incident Notifications
  • COVID Vaccine Claims Scheme
  • COVID-19 travel & certification
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine advice
  • Supporting someone with long COVID in the workplace
  • Workplace COVID Response - Actions for businesses
  • Work Health and Safety duties
  • Managing positive cases, close contacts and symptoms
The material in this guide is of a general nature and should not be regarded as legal advice or relied on for assistance in any particular circumstance or situation. In any important matter, you should seek appropriate independent professional advice in relation to your own circumstances. Business NSW accepts no responsibility or liability for any damage, loss or expense incurred as a result of the reliance on information contained in this guide.