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Published: 27 Feb 2020
The World Health Organisation's International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has now declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The Union put out the following press release identifying the holes in the biosecurity net in Australian seaports:
Several MP’s, both State and Federal, have come out in support of our position and questioning the Government and Minister Bridget McKenzie, about the Biosecurity protections in place at Australian ports.
There are media clips available on the Unions social media pages.
The South Australia Government has released a Corona Virus Workplace Paper which is useful for members who are concerned about process particularly with foreign vessels visiting South Australian Ports.
Members may have concerns around the possibility of contact with vessels coming from China, that may pose a risk. Without any pre-inspection from Government agencies, prior to our members starting work, we are guessing.
In the first instance, members should:
The employer has an obligation to provide and maintain a safe working environment. That means where genuine concerns are raised by HSR’s and workers, they must be investigated
The following are key questions for employers about how the risk might be identified and controlled, by combining up to date information:
Members and Branches can also update themselves on the latest information about the Coronavirus on the Health Department website here
View the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) Workforce Considerations for the South Australian Public Sector document here