Mental Health Service - COVID-19 and WHS

Posted on
April 21, 2020
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Public Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and it’s a trying time for everyone, but we’re working hard to address all the issues as they come up.

Many members are contacting us about workplace health and safety and the government’s pandemic advice - in simple terms, your employer must identify and control any risk and must consult with you and your union when doing that.
 
We’ve written to Mental Health Services today to seek urgent advice and we’ll let you know as soon as we get a response about the following issues:

  • PPE protocols and procedures
  • Procedures for visiting people in quarantine, especially those in hotels
  • Transporting patients in community mental health vehicles
  • The availability of hand sanitiser and wash stations
  • Additional emotional and psychological supports for workers
  • Additional safety measures for mental health workers who attend DEM as part of their work

Expert advice must be heeded, and what happens in your area depends on your job, but the bottom line is there should be additional safeguards to protect you from transmission of the virus no matter what workplace you’re in, and measures in place to make sure you’re coping with the extra stress of this situation.

If you have concerns about any advice you get in your workplace, particularly if it contradicts advice from public health officials or us, you can discuss that with our team at HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or assist@hacsu.org.au

Thanks for all the vital work you do helping your fellow Tasmanians - you’re all the real MVPs!

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

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