In addition the page contains links to Factsheets, FAQs and other government departments where the information is covered in more detail.
Over-arching advice - health and safety
- A basic checklist of things you should consider before you open your workplace door
- If you don’t have the expertise to check critical factors (listed on the website) get an expert in to assist you
- Recognise that the RIGHT DECISION is the SAFE DECISION
- Make yourself aware of any requirements of the authorities (Police, Civil Defence, regional and local authorities etc) and act in accordance with those requirements
- As a business owner or manager, the Health and Safety in Employment Act requires you to provide a safe workplace for your employees, contractors you might engage and others who might be entering your premises, eg shoppers
- Employees also have a responsibility to ensure their own safety
- The key is communication.
- Be flexible.
- Work together to find practical solutions
- Recognise that this has been a significant event
- An individual employee has the right to refuse to do work they consider unsafe.
- Who decides if workers have to go to work if it is open?
- If a staff member needs to stay home to look after their family – how does that work?
- Whose responsibility is it to ensure the workplace is safe?
- What if it is my work day, and work is closed. Do I get paid? I can’t get into work today for good reason. Do I get paid? Work was closed yesterday. Do I get paid for that day?
- If an employee has concerns they feel are not being resolved, what should they do?
- If an employer has concerns that are not being resolved, what should they do?
- What if no agreement can be reached?
- Does an employer have the right to require workers to go to work and help with clean up?
- What safety gear should be used in clean up?
- How should concern about gas or chemicals in the workplace be dealt with?