PQSA always prioritises the care and safety of our clients and is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia is now a concern, particularly for the most vulnerable to whom we provide services, and we are aligning our actions with advice from the Australian Government. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness that has similar symptoms to that of the common cold or flu and we all know how quickly these usual winter bugs can spread around the workplace.
As part of PQSA's WHS obligations, we must provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and free of risks to health, so far as is reasonably practicable. Similarly, you must take reasonable care for your health and safety in the workplace and for the health and safety of others who may be affected by what you do or don't do. If you are feeling unwell, you should stay home and away from the workplace. Please familiarise yourself with the Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) - FAQ answer sheet and COVID 19 FAQ for Support Workers 13 for further information as specific requirements are in place for people who have returned from a country or region that is at high or moderate risk for coronavirus (COVID-19), or think they may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for the list of at risk countries and isolation requirements.
You can also find the Australian Government health alert here. This page is updated regularly.
Should you believe you are at risk of having been exposed to the virus, please contact your Supervisor immediately so we can support you in working through whether you will need to self-isolate, and what is required to enable your return to the workplace.
We always welcome feedback, compliments and complaints.