Victorian health authorities have identified company kitchens / tearooms as a key site for COVID-19 transmission through permitted workplaces, after several cases recently spread in construction and transport break rooms.
Victorian COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar observed growing cases out of tearooms as a place where people mix and do not wear masks, as well as interact with other colleagues on different shifts. Read more here.

Employee car parks have also been identified as a transmission risk as they are often a site for “innocent socialising”, where people feel safe to remove their masks and are not conscious of the need for social distancing.

Worksafe have summarised a list of communal workplace environments which pose the highest risk of COVID transmission:

  • Shared facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens and communal break areas
  • Personnel hoists and lifts
  • Shared tools or equipment
  • Work that requires employees to be in close contact with others

Members are advised to review their COVID Safe plans with particular emphasis on any communal break rooms.

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