Find out to work safely at each alert level during Covid-19.
Construction Health & Safety NZ has released new protocols for level 2. While targeted at the construction sector, these protocols provide a useful operating model for any work site, in any sector.
Changes from level 3 vertical/horizontal protocols include:
- Physical distancing onsite can reduce to 1m (or 2m from people you do not know)
Changes from level 3 residential protocols include:
- Physical distancing onsite can reduce to 1m (or 2m from those not in your work bubble)
- Non-essential visitors can undertake site visits with prior notice.
- Multiple trades can work onsite simultaneously
- Workers can leave sites for food/drink as long as they sign in/out.
Level 3 is underpinned by two principles:
- Restrict the spread of the virus (community transmission may be happening).
- Allow for economic activity to recommence, wherever possible, with limitations on physical interactions.
Under level 3, business premises can be open in a way that doesn’t spread the virus. There can be movement between sites for work.
In workplaces, the Government is asking employers to ensure that appropriate physical distancing of workers is maintained, that teams working together maintain a log of interactions and that there are limited interactions between groups of workers. Furthermore, the maintenance of high hygiene standards and the disinfecting of surfaces is required.
Travelling for work under level 3
Under level 3 you may travel for the purpose of providing a business or service that has the relevant control measures in operation if the business or service is in the same or adjacent region.
You may only travel to a non-adjacent region where doing so is necessary for the purpose of a business or service listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the Health Act Order.
Before you travel, you should:
- Check to see if your client organisation comes under the businesses or services listed.
- Check directly with your client to confirm their interpretation.
If you have any other questions, not answered here or on other Government websites, let us know and we can follow-up with contacts in Government.
- Overall alert-level framework
- The Government’s Covid-19 website guidance for business
- The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (information for employers, employees, small business and others)
- CHASNZ (residential and vertical/civil protocols for the construction industry – February 2021)
- Ministry of Health (face mask and hygiene advice)
- Inland Revenue (information on tax changes to support businesses – February 2021)