Webinar: Reducing the risk of COVID-19 – legal and safety considerations for your workplace

In this webinar with A/ProfDavid Allen and Michael Tooma, Global Head of Safety and Managing Partner of Clyde & Co will explore the legal implications of the lifting of COVID restrictions and what this will mean for organisations in the coming months and years regarding their rights and duties in relation to workers, contractors in the supply chain, customers and other members of the public as we prepare for the re-opening of the economy.

We will outline the lessons learnt working with organisations from SMEs to large multinationals and insights on how to navigate the legal minefields of safety, employment, discrimination and privacy laws, particularly in relation to:


  • Employers’ legal obligations under the Work, Health and Safety Act

  • Workers compensation for infectious diseases

  • Negligence

  • Legal issues about mandatory vaccination

  • Industrial manslaughter


We will also take a look at challenges in ensuring a safe workplace in light of the Delta variant, particularly concerns regarding ventilation and airflow;  as well as what health and safety regulators are doing in this space, given the new focus on enforcing health and safety obligations related to mental health, and public health orders.

As this is an interactive discussion, we encourage you to forthcoming with your questions regarding concerns you have for your business or operations. 




Webinar details

  • Event Date: Friday 8th October 2021 

  • Event Time: 11am AEDT

  • Event Location: Online

  • Duration: 1 hour

Please register to obtain webinar link. We will run the webinar using Zoom. This webinar will be recorded.



Michael Tooma is the Managing Partner of Clyde & Co Australia. Michael is internationally recognised as one of the pre-eminent health and safety lawyers in the region. Michael is the leading advisor on COVID Mandatory Vaccination in Australia. He is advising high profile businesses to navigate legal obligations and risks in relation to the COVID Vaccination of their employees and other on-site personnel.

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A/Prof David Allen is a Specialist in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Population Health. David is managing director of Sydney Occupational Health, and Drug and Alcohol Solutions Australia. David has over thirty years’ experience in occupational medicine and is actively involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is passionate about health effects of climate change, managing risk of COVID-19 in workplaces, and improving access to healthcare.

Past Webinars

Webinar: Reducing risk of COVID-19 in the workplace and at home

This webinar will focus on the practical considerations for making workplaces and homes safer from COVID-19. 

Topics include how COVID-19 is transmitted, legal obligations, ventilation, mask usage, CO2 levels, air purifier use, and staying safe at home and when out shopping.


Dr David Allen

MBBS(Hons), DPH, FAFOEM Occupational and Environmental Physician
Adjunct Associate Professor, UNSW School of Population Health


Twitter @drdavidtallen

​Webinar details

  • Event Date: Thursday 30th September 2021 

  • Event Time: 11am AEST

  • Event Location: Online

  • Duration: 1 hour

Please register to obtain webinar link. We will run the webinar using Zoom.


Webinar: Prescription Drugs And The Mobile Workforce – How Can We Assess And Manage The Risk?

The effects of illicit drugs on driving performance is well known and is the focus of many workplace drug tests. However, the effects of prescription drugs is often overlooked, despite potentially having similar risk profiles. 


Although a complex area, given the interaction of individual privacy restrictions, fatigue management and other considerations, this presentation will present some metrics for assessing risk as well as tools for risk reduction in the workplace.


Associate Professor David Allen, Managing Director At Drug And Alcohol Solutions Australia (DASA)

Andrew Leibie, Commercial Manager At Healius Pathology

Andrew Leibie has been working as a scientist and business professional in the field of workplace drug testing for over 2 decades. Andrew has presented and published a number of papers on aspects of workplace drug testing in both national and international drug testing forums. He is a member of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicologists Association, as well as a member of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPA) Quality Assurance Program expert working panel for Toxicology.

​Webinar details

Webinar - Coronavirus and Pandemic Planning

Join Associate Professor Dr Allen and Dr Ahmed Saafan to learn all you need to know about coronavirus what you should do to keep your workplace safe.


A/Prof David Allen, MBBS(Hons), DPH, FAFOEM Occupational and Environmental Physician, Conjoint Appointee, UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Managing Director DASA  and Sydney Occupational Health

With over 30 years’ experience in public health and occupational medicine, Dr Allen is uniquely placed to not only understand the ins and outs of the coronavirus but importantly, what it means for Australian workplaces. His detailed understanding and practical advice are shared in a down-to-earth and engaging manner.

Dr Ahmed Saafan MBBS, GDOEH, Grad Cert Pain Med, Sydney Occupational Health, Director Sydney Occupational Health, Senior Medical Adviser to Injurynet .  Ahmed has worked as the medical director in a group of occupational health clinics in NSW for over a decade and has worked in occupational medicine for 15 years. He has performed many hundreds of IMC examinations and conducted countless negotiations with treating practitioners about treatment and return-to-work.  Ahmed manages infectious disease exposures for a state government ambulance service and is frequently in discussion with the health department on matters concerning measles and Influenza outbreaks and more recently to specific health advice about Novel Coronavirus.

Areas covered:

  • What is coronavirus?

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Implications for the workplace

  • Strategies for managing coronavirus at work

  • Use of masks and other protection measures for work (and home)

  • Business continuity tips

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