Dairy farm businesses need to have a plan to protect themselves from the impacts of COVID-19, according to Agriculture Victoria.
The business needs to have a plan for how it would continue if one of the business owners or workers needed to self isolate.
The threat of a COVID-19 outbreak to dairy businesses was made evident with the recent outbreak in Shepparton, Vic.
The Victorian Government has provided resources to help business have a COVIDSafe plan are in place.
It is mandatory for every Victorian business with on-site operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan.
To ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring throughout Victoria.
The COVIDSafe Plan must demonstrate:
Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
Creating workforce bubbles is one of six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces.
Farmers should consider keeping groups of workers rostered on the same shifts at a single worksite and avoid any overlap of workers during shift changes where it is practical to do so.
Farms should be aware of the restrictions around travel between different states.
This may apply to the farmer, their staff or contractors used on the farm.
The Victorian Government has a range of business COVID-19 Business Support resources.
Business Victoria provides information on restrictions and support to help businesses develop a workplace plan and respond to COVID-19.
Keep up to date with all the latest restrictions, permits and requirements at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
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