Key work health and safety considerations for Boards during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Louise Rumble, Partner, and Georgie Richardson, Associate, Holding Redlich Lawyers
How is your board ensuring WHS compliance to eliminate risk under COVID-19. This article looks at key work health and safety issues Boards need to be aware of, and address, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to ensure directors can satisfy their due diligence obligations, Boards must set up a comprehensive compliance and risk management regime to monitor how management is ensuring compliance with relevant advice and eliminating risks related to COVID-19 so far as reasonably practicable.

A breach of work health and safety laws is a criminal offence and the state-based regulator will generally pursue the body corporate responsible.  However, recently regulators have prosecuted both the body corporate and the individuals driving the entity.
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