Despite the health impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and how it has significantly slowed the global and domestic economy, Australian workers charged with essential roles remain at the forefront of society. Crucial roles are carried out by medical staff, teachers, child care workers, disability support staff, supermarket and supply chain personnel, and delivery drivers. Many other roles comprise essential services for people in our community, but some involve working remotely or require people to work alone.
Working remotely or alone can present increased risks to personal safety, and perhaps more so during a national health emergency.
Organisations and working individuals have a legal obligation to work together to manage risks in working remotely or alone. When working in isolation, it's important to be prepared for situations that could expose workers to harm.
Remote and solitary work should be considered in all risk management plans for organisations, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ways you can actively mitigate risks:
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