Specialist workers in essential sectors: COVID-19 workplace risk mitigation

Essential sectors with the need for individual specialist workers to enter and exit South Australia need to have a Workplace Risk Mitigation plan for COVID-19. This includes identifying potential risks, hazards and the controls in place to mitigate these potential risks.

Who needs a COVID-19 Essential Traveller Workplace Risk Mitigation Plan?

Only essential sectors in the Cross Border Travel Direction are required to have approval by the Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA Health) about their workplace risk mitigation plan. Essential sectors are defined in the Direction:

(3) In this clause  

essential sector the following sectors are essential sectors:

  1.  mining, oil, gas, energy, water, agriculture or other primary industries;
  2. telecommunications;

essential sector employer means an employer operating in an essential sector (or an employer carrying on the business of supplying workers to employers in an essential sector).

Cross Border Travel Direction Schedule 2 Clause 3 (3)

This is for work in SA where:

  • the service is time critical,
  • the appropriate skills are not available in South Australia (or another low transmission zone) or
  • the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in South Australia.

Who needs a workplace risk mitigation strategy? Is it different from a plan?

The Cross Border Travel Direction includes essential traveller categories that only require a risk mitigation strategy to be in place at workplaces.

This is not a plan that needs to be submitted to SA Health.

A risk management strategy could include hygiene, physical distancing, regular cleaning of common, frequently used areas, bathrooms and kitchens. Staff should also be informed of the business policy for illness and where possible, supported to stay home when they are unwell.

How to create your Workplace Risk Mitigation Plan

Submitting your Workplace Risk Mitigation Plan

Your plan can be submitted to SA Health at Health.COVID19RiskMitigation@sa.gov.au and please email if you require assistance or have any queries while completing your plan.