Employers are being warned to implement proper risk management procedures and be prepared to send sick staff home as the number of confirmed swine flu cases in Australia reaches 17.
Joydeep Hor, managing partner at Harmers Workplace Lawyers says business owners and managers have an obligation to keep their workplace safe and to take property safety measures to protect their employees.
“Employers have an obligation to ensure that the workplaces are safe and that obligation is an absolute obligation. They have to do whatever they have to do to keep that workplace safe.”
In order to help businesses do just that, the Government have developed a small business swine flu kit on how businesses can prepare their workplace for a possible outbreak.
The kit includes a booklet containing information on how to protect staff and customers from getting sick, planning to keep a business in business, 10 steps businesses can take in order to be better prepared for a pandemic, along with what human influenza pandemic is.
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