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COVID-19 and the Workplace

COVID-19 and the Workplace
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Both staff and customer confidence and comfort is essential with their health and wellbeing of paramount importance. A COVID-19 safety plan should be in place to manage risks within fitness facilities and when training clients in any setting. It should provide recommendations which incorporate a risk-mitigation model.

In accordance with the changes of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments require all fitness business to have a contemporary COVID-19 safety plan.

Developed as a framework, these guidelines align with public health and recommendations for workplaces.

Framework of Operations for Fitness Facilities Under Covid-19 Restrictions Full document

Minimising exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and supporting public health measures in contact tracing will reduce disruption to business in the long term.

Key Recommendations to Reduce Transmission:

  1. Physical distancing
  2. Practice good hand hygiene, clean and disinfect the environment
  3. Stay at home if you are unwell and have any symptoms of the virus
  4. Contact tracing.

In addition to managing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within fitness facilities, employers and business operators have a responsibility to manage and care for the health and safety of their staff, which includes their physical and mental wellbeing.

Employers must consult with staff and their representatives (e.g. health and safety representatives ) on health and safety matters relating to COVID-19, including what control measures to put in place in their workplace. Employers must ensure all staff have completed the Australian Government online COVID19 infection control training module. Frequent communication (e.g. newsletters, posters, signage) with staff and members to reinforce all COVID-19 related policies and procedures will support effective action and enhance staff and member confidence in their ability to work and use the gym or fitness centre. Member gyms and fitness centres should be able and willing to present or display a copy of the facility’s disease control policies and procedures when requested. It is advised that hard copies should not be released.

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