Worksafe’s hotel quarantine breach penalties are a warning for other employers

Breaches in Victoria’s hotel quarantine system in 2020 led to the State’s prolonged lockdown last year, costing the State millions of dollars, hundreds of deaths and untold disruption to the lives of Victorians. Now the State’s occupational health and safety regulator, Worksafe, has charged Victoria’s health department with 58 breaches for failing to provide hotel quarantine staff with a safe workplace. In total the health department could face fines of up to $95 million.

What does this mean for other Victorian employers and employees, as the State tentatively plans for a COVID-safe return to worksites in 2022?

Professor Alex Collie, Head of the Insurance Work and Health Group within the Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, provides some answers in this article first published in The Conversation.

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