31 January 2020

Coronavirus Update

Novel coronavirus – workplace infectious disease control reminder

With reports of increasing numbers of people being affected by novel coronavirus, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety says it is timely to review your workplace’s infectious disease control policy, procedures and practices.

The Department recommends employers and workers follow Health Department directives.

At the time of this alert, the Health Department advises the risk of transmission of novel coronavirus in Australia remains low.  WA Health advice is for anyone who has been in touch with a confirmed case of the virus to quarantine themselves by staying at home for 14 days. This advice also applies to all workers who have travelled from China recently. 

Further advice and information in can be found on the Department’s Diseases and health – Frequently asked questions webpage.

Workplace exposure standards open for public comment – Release 11: Includes glutaraldehyde and others*

Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.  Release 11 is now open for public comment.

This release includes chemicals that were deferred from previous releases as well as chemicals that do not currently have an Australian workplace exposure standard. A complete list of chemicals in Release 11 is available on Safe Work Australia’s consultation platform. 

Access the consultation platform, Engage to provide your comments.  Public comment will close on 28 February 2020.