3. Employers are required to notify SafeWork NSW if becoming aware that a worker
a) is diagnosed with COVID-19;
b) contracted COVID-19, or is likely to have contracted COVID-19, at the workplace; or
c) attended the workplace while infected with COVID-19.
4. Exemption for a critical worker: A household contact or close contact who is critical worker is exempted from the above isolation requirements for the purpose of attending work subject to the following conditions:
(a) Critical workers must only attend work if approved by or on behalf of their employer for the purpose of the exemption.
(b) Critical workers must travel directly to and from their home and their workplace(s). They cannot leave home for other purposes.
(c) Critical workers must wear a mask at all times in the workplace, unless eating or drinking or if the mask needs to be removed for safety reasons.
(d) Critical workers must undergo daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) for a period of 7 days from when they last had contact with the diagnosed person, and must notify their employer of each result.
(e) Any person who tests positive for COVID-19 following a RAT must immediately self-isolate for 7 days.
(f) Notwithstanding a negative RAT result, if a critical worker develops any symptoms of COVID-19, they must immediately self-isolate and may only return to work with evidence of a negative PCR test taken after the onset of symptoms.
(g) Critical workers must comply with any other reasonable measures put in place by their employer to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (see below).
(h) The Critical Worker is engaged to perform or provide the following services:
(i) agriculture (biosecurity and food safety personnel undertaking critical duties)
(ii) manufacturing (production and manufacturing of food, beverages, groceries, cleaning and sanitary products)
(iii) transport, postal and warehousing (food logistics, delivery and grocery fulfilment).
More information on the exemption for critical workers can be accessed by clicking here.