AAPM Advocacy with Tasmanian Department of Health AAPM Vice-President Jon Erwin and Tasmanian State Committee President Leanne Cullen this week attended a roundtable discussion on behalf of AAPM’s Tasmanian members about proposed new workplace guidelines. The roundtable was hosted by the Tasmanian Department of Health (the Dept) and facilitated by Prof Anthony Lawler, Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Secretary, Clinical Quality, Regulation and Accreditation. The Dept is developing guidelines in consultation with industry to assist the sector to meet new requirements being added to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 to ensure workplaces manage the risks of exposure to COVID-19 as they seek to resume normal business operations. Jon and Leanne joined other stakeholders at the roundtable in reviewing the standards and raising any concerns. The guidelines will deal with a number of areas including: Managing risks to health and safety Cleaning and hygiene Restrictions on entry to workplace Physical distancing at the workplace Providing instruction, training and supervision in respect of COVID-19 Responding to an incident of COVID-19 in the workplace. In general compliance should not prove difficult given that many in the sector already review operations as part of their accreditation requirements, thus meeting higher standards than those proposed. It was noted that physical distancing would be difficult to achieve in all circumstances given the requirements of managing some patients’ health needs. More information will be available at the Dept’s website as the changes are implemented. Members can read more at: https://worksafe.tas.gov.au/topics/Health-and-Safety/safety-alerts/coronavirus/covid-safe-workplaces-framework .