Not one Tasmanian business has been fined by WorkSafe Tasmania for breaching coronavirus requirements, in spite of more than 2700 inspections.
WorkSafe Tasmania acting-chief executive Robyn Pearce on Monday said improvement notices had been issued, however, to give businesses directions that needed to take to remdy contraventions.
“But we have not needed to go to the next step and issue any infringement notices,” she said.
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Tasmania Police are working with WorkSafe to monitor compliance with conoravirus directions.
The minimum standards have been in place since restrictions on businesses began to be eased on June 15.
Tasmanian Small Business Council executive officer Robert Mallett said the WorkSafe had held a heavy-handed approach to inspections early on which now appeared to have eased.
“I would be suprised if WorkSafe Tasmania at this moment are being excessively jackbooted about this,” he said.
“I understand now they mainly visit higher risk places.”
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey said businesses were doing all they could to keep the state’s community safe.
“Its good to see that the government is playing a supportive role to help business,” he said.
“Obviously we need to follow the rules, but we shouldnt be punishing businesses who are simply trying to stay afloat in difficult economic times.
A government spokesperson said the government had not provided directions on enforcement of COVID restrictions.
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