Virus challenges continue in 2021
The challenges of COVID-19 are still prevalent across Australia, with the year beginning with an exercise in dodging border closures, virus hotspots and managing the ever-changing situation at workplaces.
The vaccine rollout is underway, with groups at the greatest risk at the head of the queue. But the community is encouraged not to purely rely on the vaccine, as experts believe taking suitable precautions will remain essential. Even when risks seem low, taking proactive measures to keep yourself and everyone around you safe is vital in the case of another infection outbreak.
In the workplace especially, the need to provide safe and clean environments has been further stressed by workers' compensation authorities, with the pandemic expected to continue posing a risk in the months to come.
There are various opportunities for employers to make simple yet effective changes in the workplace. This includes restricting the number of people in offices at any one time and reducing potential congestion in areas like lunchrooms and kitchens to facilitate social distancing, making cleaning and disinfection supplies easily accessible for those in the office and most importantly to check in with employees and their wellbeing amid the ongoing challenges.
State laws may also require registers of every person who attends a workplace, including employees, clients, and visitors, while firms should be aware of their responsibilities if a staff member contracts the virus.
For organisations with interstate employees or suppliers, it has been more challenging with domestic travel being largely impacted. Hence understanding the insurance assistance available to them in the current environment to facilitate better work transition has to be the top priority for businesses.
Taking the time to consider how your business will manage virus-associated restrictions or lockdowns and how insurance can support you is crucial. Now is the right time to re-assess your business strategies and examine your insurance policies.
How Coverforce can help
Contact our team of qualified brokers at your local Coverforce office for a free insurance health check today to ensure you have taken COVID-19 related risks into account as part of your insurance plan moving forward.
The information provided in this article is of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. If you require advice that is tailored to your specific business or individual circumstances, please contact Coverforce directly.
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