OUR INDUSTRY AT LEVEL 3
Great news yesterday that NZ moves to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April. That should see the return to work for all the businesses in our industry and today's e-letter is to highlight a few key points.
- The focus moves from "essential" businesses to "safe" businesses and this has been emphasised by the lead agency for compliance moving from MBIE to Worksafe.
- Contrary to what was initially said, there will be no self accreditation online registration process.
- It will be up to each business to have in place a plan to ensure that they can keep their workers safe and minimise any chance of transmission of Covid-19 in the workplace and beyond.
- I am currently working on Printing Protocols for the Industry, as well as a sample of a site based plan and forms that you will need to have in place to ensure you comply. I will circulate these as soon as they are finalised.
- All staff/contractors will need a Level 3 Covid-19 induction when they return to work so they understand what is required.
- The key areas that need to be covered are:
- Physical distancing
- Contact tracing
- Worker engagement (including contractors)
- Contact-less engagement for deliveries/despatch
- Nothing you put in place for Covid-19 should compromise any existing health and safety protocols that you have in the workplace.
- You are able to go to the workplace between now and then in order to ready the workplace for business on Tuesday - that may include cleaning, receiving of deliveries to allow production, preparation of machines etc, but you still can't do any non-essential work.
- It is vital that everyone takes this seriously - if a confirmed case results in a cluster in a business, Worksafe will not hesitate to shut down that business, and potentially the industry. There also remains the potential for the PM to push NZ back to Level 4 which nobody wants to see.
Short and sweet today - I just wanted to highlight those key points so that businesses can start to think about what they need to do, and to let you know that we are working on the protocols.