The state's work safety watchdog has issued 23 improvement notices and one prohibition notice to Tasmanian businesses in the course of its COVID compliance work since the pandemic began.
WorkSafe Tasmania executive director Robyn Pearce said the notices were handed out in pubs and clubs, retail spaces and other businesses.
Ms Pearce conceded that no fines had yet been imposed on businesses for failing to comply with COVID-safe rules, saying the state's Work Health and Safety Act had a "limited number" of infringement notices that could be applied, especially in "a COVID environment".
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"The one that is most relevant is the failure to comply with an improvement notice," Ms Pearce said. "And, at this stage, we've found that every workplace where we've issued an improvement notice has complied with that direction."
"An improvement notice gives directions on what contraventions may have been in place in the business and directs what action needs to be taken by the business in order to rectify that contravention."
Building and Construction Minister Elise Archer reminded businesses they were expected to have a COVID safety plan in writing, which would be subject to assessment by WorkSafe Tasmania. Ms Archer said businesses had "largely ... done a terrific job during COVID".
"it's very pleasing to see the care that the Tasmanian community has had also in attending businesses," she said.
"If [businesses] feel that they or their customers are getting a bit complacent, because we're opening up to low-risk jurisdictions, we want to ensure that businesses review their COVID safety plans just to ensure that they are compliant and, indeed, that their staff know about compliance as well."
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