Safe Work Australia has now released its COVID-19 guidance for mobile consultants and client engagement workers, this guidance is highly relevant to TruckSafe members and auditors.
The guidance material specifically recognises that some tasks including safety auditing or equipment certification cannot be undertaken remotely. This is not a directive from Safe Work Australia but recognition that there are circumstances where it is not reasonably practicable to work remotely.
The guidance material includes practical advice on:
The guidance specifically states:
Worker and client interactions and work tasks
In the first instance, you should look at implementing arrangements that would allow for your workers to minimise the work they undertake at the client premises. Meetings between workers and clients should be conducted using other methods rather than face-to-face interaction where possible. This may include using electronic communication via email, teleconference and videoconference, or shared document access systems wherever possible and appropriate. It is recognised that some tasks, such as safety auditing or equipment certification/maintenance, cannot be undertaken remotely.
TruckSafe COVID-19 Audit policy:
- All TruckSafe members will need to use the guidance material to assess their own risk and COVID safety practices in relation to their willingness/capacity to complete an on-site audit safely
- All auditors must use the guidance material to assess their own risk as an individual and make a decision regarding their own safety, willingness to travel or capacity to be on site at a members premises.
For more detailed information please refer to Safe Work Australia guidance for mobile consultants and client engagement workers.