This is version 11 of WISH’s COVID-19 information document released on 6 August 2021. At the time of its writing many restrictions relating to COVID-19 were being revised, relaxed, or withdrawn, in particular relating to public health.

For workplace health and safety, the onus has shifted from legally-required ‘rules’ to a more guidance-based approach with a greater emphasis on employer responsibility and assessment. As a result the nature of this information document has also changed.

To assist readers with these changes, a new forward has been added. PLEASE READ THIS FORWARD BEFORE YOU READ THE REST OF THE DOCUMENT. As with previous versions, this document is based on government advice, industry experience and current knowledge, all of which is subject to change. You should first follow the latest government advice. Note, section 4 of this document gives general precautions and section 6 specific issues – readers should study both sections.

A summary of changes from version 9 to version 10 are as follows:

Section 1. Forward to Version 11

Changes from previous version: This forward is entirely new.

Section 2. COVID-19 and Waste Management

The only major change to this section are general updates and some additional mention of variants.

Section 3. Symptoms and what to do if an employee shows or reports the symptoms

Significant changes to this section are the removal of some links and detail pending potential changes in self-isolation rules.

Section 4. Controlling the spread of COVID-19 – General Precautions

Changes from previous version include revisions to reflect the shift in onus from statutory requirements to guidance and various updates to reflect the current developments in risk and risk outcome levels.

Section 5. Changes in Response to COVID-19

There are no significant changes to this section.

Section 6. Specific Advice

Changes from previous version include revisions to reflect the shift in onus from statutory requirements to guidance and various updates to reflect the current developments in risk and risk outcome levels.