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Travelling between regions with different COVID-19 Alert Levels

Construction businesses wanting to travel and work between regions with different Alert Levels will need to be assessed

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COVID-19 contact classification process

Do you know what to do if a Worker on-site becomes a COVID-19 contact?

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COVID-19 Construction Bow Tie

An excel tool that demonstrates the layers of controls to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace and individuals. Sorry limited functionality in Apple.

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CHASNZ | CONSTRUCTION SECTOR VACCINATION UPDATE 21/09/21

LATEST INFORMATION

More than 4.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of these, over 3 million people have had their first dose and over 1.6 million people have had their second dose and are fully vaccinated. Of Auckland’s Māori population, 55% have received their first dose and 27% have received their second.Of Auckland’s Pacific population, 64% have received their first dose and 41% have received their second dose. Overall, 78% of Auckland’s population have received at least one dose and 41% have received their second.

Estimated % Construction WorkersVaccinated as of 13/09/21

WHERE TO GET YOUR VACCINE

Manurewa Marae and Huakina Trust in Pukekohe will operate their first mobile clinics.By Friday two more buses will be handed over to Pacific providers, SouthSeas Healthcare and the Fono, ready for their launch at a Pasifika pop-up community vaccination event in Favona. A pop-up vaccine event is planned for Otahuhu mosque this week.Habit Health is now available to book your workplace vaccinations– email workplace@habit.health

KEY FACTS

The Pfizer vaccine is highly effective if people have both doses. Studies show that about 95% of peoplewho have received both doses of the vaccine are protected against getting COVID-19 symptoms.www.covid19.govt.nz

You can find more information and resources here.

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Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora | Registering for Saliva Testing

The Ministry Of Health would like to thank all those permitted workers who have undergone testing to comply with requirements for crossing Alert Level boundaries that came into effect on 11.59pm, 9th September. Testing is free for permitted workers who require a test to cross Alert Level boundaries.

From 11.59pm, 16th September, compliance checks by Police will be undertaken at the boundary and permitted workers must provide the following documents if stopped at an Alert Level boundary:

  • Proof of ID
  • Evidence of permitted travel
  • Proof of a COVID-19 test or proof of exemption for testing (as of 11.59pm 16th September 2021)

If stopped, permitted workers who don’t have the above documents will be turned around at the boundary.

Employers are reminded that they must have processes in place for compliance of their workforce to this testing requirement and they need to ensure all affected workers are aware they must be tested to cross the boundary and are provided with the opportunity, as far as is reasonably practicable, to get tested.

More details about testing requirements for permitted workers crossing Alert Level boundaries can be found on the dedicated page for boundary surveillance testing on the Ministry of Health’s website. This page also includes supporting documents for employers and workers.

Registering for saliva testing

Saliva testing is available as a testing option through Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG). More information about saliva testing and permitted travel can be found on the Ministry of Health’s webpage, or you can go to https://covid19salivatesting.co.nz/ to sign up for saliva testing.

The APHG site contains useful information including a list of frequently asked questions relevant to both employers and permitted workers, a worker information pack and a link to their Saliva Testing App.

The Saliva Testing Information Sheet provides further details to support workers who wish to use this option. It includes information on how to sign up for saliva testing, downloading the Saliva Testing App, finding the nearest collection points and how to do a test. Also attached is a poster that you can put up in your workplace to promote awareness of saliva testing as an option to meet this testing requirement.

Permitted workers who wish to register for saliva testing will need to have their NHI number available. A quick way to find your NHI number is by looking at:

  • a prescription or prescription receipt
  • a prescription medicine bottle label
  • a hospital letter
  • an x-ray or test result
  • by checking your profile on the online patient portal provided by your general practice.

You can also call the Ministry of Health’s 0800 number to find our your NHI number – 0800 855 066.

Locations for pick-up and drop-off
for saliva testing

A list of existing locations where saliva testing kits can be collected and dropped off can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

APHG also have a list of currently available public test kit pick-up and test drop-off locations here. This is updated regularly and is broken down by region.


New collection points near the border will also be added to this list as they become available. For large companies who wish to provide saliva testing onsite for their employees, APHG can work with you to meet your specific requirements.

Private provision of saliva testing onsite for employers who choose to engage and pay for that provision themselves is also available. The provider needs to be IANZ accredited and ideally linked to the national database for the processing and recording of test results.


Testing sites

To safeguard areas of New Zealand at lower Alert Levels and to ensure COVID-19 is contained - surveillance testing of permitted workers crossing the Alert Level boundary is going to be implemented immediately. The Ministry of Health Testing permitted workers crossing alert level boundaries – Employers flowchart can be found here.

The Ministry of Health has set up a Community Testing Centre (CTC) at the Gull station at Hampton Downs (south of Mercer), South Auckland to support demand for the testing of permitted worker crossing Alert Level boundaries. This site includes provision for saliva sample drop-off facilities.

  • This facility will be open 9.30am to 3.30pm today and tomorrow (14th and 15th September 2021) for nasal swabbing only – no appointment is required
  • Testing is free – please inform the tester that it’s for the purposes of crossing the Alert Level boundary for permitted workers.

Swab testing is also available as a testing option for permitted workers crossing Alert Level boundaries. This is available at CTCs and at GP practices. For a list of testing locations go to the Healthpoint website.

He waka eke noa - we are all in this together

By undergoing this additional testing, and/or supporting your workers to do so, you are doing your part to keep COVID-19 out of our communities. Thank you for all that you continue to do to keep yourself, your colleagues and your whanau safe.

[Updated 21 Sept, 2021]

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Construction Sector Accord | CHASNZ | How to book a priority COVID-19 vaccination for your essential workers

Construction workers who may be required to work during Alert Level 3 and 4 can now book their workers for priority COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

Businesses can book by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26

 

You will need to tell the call-taker:

·   You are booking an essential worker(s) working under Alert Level 3 and 4, so that their vaccination(s) can be prioritised

·   The approximate number of people who require vaccination. 

 

This will assist helpline staff in directing your group to the right location. All calls are free, and the team are available every day from 8am to 8pm and interpreters are available if needed. 

 

Remember - the vaccine won’t stop you getting COVID-19, but with two doses you are far less likely to fall seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others. Once you are vaccinated, you must continue to follow the advice for each COVID-19 Alert Level – wearing masks, social distancing, sanitising your hands and staying home if you are sick. 

 

FAQs

If I am already booked in for a vaccination, should I cancel it and rebook as an essential worker? 

It depends on how far in advance your vaccination is scheduled for. If your appointment is within the next two weeks, we suggest you keep it. If, however, it is more than a month away, you might want to rebook as an essential worker. Call the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 and talk to them before making any changes to existing bookings. 

 

As of 1st September 2021, vaccinations are open to everyone over the age of 12 so, if you are already booked, it might be that your existing appointment is sooner. 

 

If I am an essential worker and want to book my appointment, can I book it online? 

It’s best to book your vaccination through the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. That way you are guaranteed to be prioritised for the first available appointment. 

 

Where can I get more information about the vaccine? 

Getting accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine and the rollout programme is important. Visit the Ministry of Health website and view the Vaccination Information here.

 

See Karawhiua.nz for trusted information about vaccination in Te Reo Māori and English. Karawhiua is a unifying campaign for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Thank you for the work you’re doing as an essential worker during lockdown and thank you for helping keep New Zealand safe.

[Image courtesy of Gustavo Fring]

Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccination here
HazardCo | Task Analysis hazard management tool

A Task Analysis is a hazard management tool that helps you identify hazards and the appropriate controls before you carry out a specific task or job. Completing a Task Analysis will help reduce the risks on-site by walking you through assessing the work before you start and putting the correct processes in place to make sure you do it safely.


The HazardCo TA is an easy-to-use guide that gives you options to choose from:

  • An identification of the work on-site
  • Specific hazards relating to the work
  • A description of the measures to be implemented to control the risks
  • The order of work (method statement) showing the tasks that will be carried out in a step-by-step process.

All workers involved in the work should discuss the Task Analysis so they understand exactly what work is being done, how it will be completed and the controls that will be used to keep everyone safe. It’s fundamental and should be done before any high-risk work gets underway.


Ensure you complete the appropriate COVID-19 Task Analysis for the Alert Level you are working in, you can also use this as your COVID-19 Plan. Make sure you share it with your team and each time there is a change to the document.

Use the HazardCo Task Analysis for Alert Level 4

Use the HazardCo Task Analysis for Alert Level 3

Use the HazardCo Task Analysis for Alert Level 2

Use the HazardCo Task Analysis for Alert Level 1

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COVID-19 Vaccine for Construction Workers

Each District Health Board around New Zealand is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine and you may have seen pop-up drive-through vaccine centres in your area.


'Evidence currently shows the effectiveness of 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against illness due to Delta infection is about 88%, and the protection against hospitalisation due to Delta infection about 96%.'


Essential construction workers such as plumbers, electricians, glaziers and roofers (who could be called out for emergency work in Alert Level 4) can utilise the pop-up drive-through vaccine centres and do not require any prior bookings. 


In Auckland, Airport Park & Ride and Trust Arena site are both good options even during Alert Level 4. Most vaccination centres request that you:

  • Wear a mask when you visit the vaccination centre
  • Bring your NHI number
  • Bring your bubble – the more people in your car, the more prioritised you will be
  • Public health workers at the site are giving first vaccinations only
  • Follow instructions from the traffic-management team on site
  • Even when the line looks long, it’s moving quickly
  • To be sure you get in before the site closes, arrive 1 hour before they close
  • If you’ve been at a location of interest in the current outbreak, DO NOT visit any vaccination centre until you have received a negative test result

You can find more information about regional vaccine centres here


The COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations document includes the following requirement ‘Vaccinations are now widely available for most New Zealand workers. Businesses should ensure that their workers understand the importance of vaccination as a prime protection against becoming severely ill because of the virus.’


If you are an employer of a small/medium specialist trade and would prefer to arrange a work bubble group vaccine, email info@chasnz.org


You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine here.

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Find your regional vaccine centre here
CHASNZ | COVID-19 DELTA LOCKDOWN LEVEL 4 PROTOCOLS

The COVID-19 Delta outbreak can evolve rapidly and businesses should familiarise themselves with official Government requirements which supersedes all industry guidance.


The protocols are updated to reflect Government requirements as and when these change happen so please check regularly that you have the most up to date versions of the protocols by visiting here www.chasnz.org/covid19

Keep up to date by subscribing to CHASNZ updates.

Read the Alert Level 3 and 4 Construction Protocols here
MBIE | Is my construction work essential under Alert Level 4?

This information is based on the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No 9) 2021 effective from 11:59pm 17 August 2020. Alert Levels and Public Health Orders may be updated by the Government at any time.Building, construction and maintenance services may be able to operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions if they meet the Government criteria of Alert Level 4 businesses and services.‍

Find out if your construction work is essential under Alert Level 4
MBIE | Meeting health and safety and physical distancing requirements and Creating a COVID-19 control plan

Find out what health and safety measures you must have in place under all COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Under all Alert Levels operating businesses must put appropriate health and safety controls in place, including physical distancing. Every operating business must record details on these measures in a COVID-19 control plan.

One of the control measures is physical distancing – which means keeping one metre between workers on construction sites. Where tradespeople are working in other people’s homes or workplaces, they must stay two metres away from people at the location. Your control plan must also show how you will meet hygiene requirements such as washing hands and equipment and the measures in place to allow for contact tracing.

Find out what health and safety measures you must have in place
New Zealand Government | NZ Vaccine Facts

Learn about the COVID-19 pandemic, getting vaccinated, and what the future holds for Aotearoa New Zealand.

In early 2020, a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) spread quickly around the world. It caused a serious disease called COVID-19, which has since killed over 4 million people.

To protect those we love, Aotearoa New Zealand went into lockdown. We also introduced Alert Levels, managed borders, contact tracing and started sanitising our hands and wearing face coverings to stay safe.

Getting vaccinated is the next step to gain more protection against the virus, which will lead to more certainty for the future. Find out more with NZ Vaccine Facts:

Episode 1: COVID-19 and why vaccinations are important

Episode 2: What is a virus and how do vaccines work?

Episode 3: What is an mRNA vaccine?

Episode 4: Do vaccines work when a virus changes?

You can check locations of interest to see if you need to get tested. Find locations of interest here.

Watch all episodes here
MATES | MENTAL HEALTH TOOLBOX GUIDE

The lockdown period may have given some much needed downtime to many, but as we gradually start the process of returning to work and get used to more new protocols, MATES want to make sure that wellbeing and conversations around mental health are at the top of the list at your toolbox talks. As you head back onto site you may see some of the team struggle or be anxious about what is happening. Working with MATES you have already started the journey toward better mental health on site, you have the tools in your toolkit and this induction pack includes some helpful reminders to use when guiding the conversation on site.

The Lunch Room is open to everyone in the Construction Industry looking to get together with your mates for a chat during the COVID-19 crisis. Join MATES for support, information and kōrero during this uncertain time.  Meetings are available daily 1pm and it's very easy to join. All you need to do is hit the register now button and select a time. The group will be meeting online via Zoom.

Join the MATES team on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30am to start the day with an easy to follow FREE workout.

Lastly, the Guide to Mental Health in Construction for Managers, is a short document that talks about the why, what and how of mental health across the industry. This document can be shared across organisations to help support those who are supervising their teams better understand and help workers dealing with mental health issues.  


Download the Mental Health Toolbox Guide
Travelling between regions with different COVID-19 Alert Levels

The Alert Level Boundary map provides indicative Alert Level 3 and 4 boundary lines that will come into effect at 11:59pm on Tuesday 31st August 2021. The boundaries are subject to change and may be updated to align with the Health Order, read more here.

Construction businesses wanting to travel and work between regions with different Alert Levels will be assessed and approved to do so. You can find out more about the permitted travel here.  

To safeguard areas of New Zealand at lower Alert Levels and to ensure COVID-19 is contained - surveillance testing of permitted workers crossing the Alert Level boundary is going to be implemented immediately. The Ministry of Health Testing permitted workers crossing alert level boundaries – Employers flowchart can be found here.

[Updated 21 Sept, 2021]


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Government Gatherings Rules Under COVID-19 Alert Levels

CHASNZ has received queries from industry regarding the current Alert Level settings relating to gathering sizes at the workplace.

As per the detailed alert level tables available on the government COVID-19 website there are restrictions on gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga. These exist under Alert Levels 2 and 3 as well as regional variations such as in Auckland currently.

Workplaces, education facilities, public transport and supermarkets are not considered public gatherings – and therefore these restrictions on gathering sizes do not apply to the workplace.

The workplace is considered an environment where extra controls are in place such as enhanced hygiene, sign in and out as well as physical distancing.

Workplaces must adhere to physical distancing rules as set out in the COVID-19 construction standard and protocols. As such, physical distancing restrictions may reduce the number of workers within a set area, however there is no overarching gathering limit.

The protocols provide further guidance on how physical distancing should be achieved on site, such as changing shift patterns and reducing the number of people on site. Each site should plan their own work to achieve physical distancing relative to the environment and circumstances at the place of work.

For queries regarding COVID-19 please email info@chasnz.org

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COVID-19 Residential and Trades Update: Monday 25 August

Over the last two weeks, we have seen the construction industry get in and do the right thing during these trying times. Particularly in Auckland, our people have quickly reverted to the procedures put in place to protect us all when chances of COVID-19 community transmission are higher.

The recent cluster outbreak has reminded us just how quickly this disease can spread and that we can’t drop our guard. It is also a timely reminder that we can’t get complacent about our Covid-19 health and safety controls either. We need the whole industry to pull together and do the right thing to maintain public and government confidence in our ability to work safely during these heightened risk levels.

The Alert level protocols and tools and resources, developed by our industry and available on www.chasnz.org/covid19, provide a standard way of managing COVID-19 in our construction related businesses. The establishment of these protocols were a key part of getting Government support for our industry to work at Alert Level 3.

We know that most businesses have been doing a good job in applying the protocols but we are aware that it is a constant challenge to maintain them over time, especially if workers see other businesses or even members of the public not applying a similar high standard.

To better help construction businesses understand and apply the protocols, we have developed some simple check sheets that you can use on site or when going to a workplace. These will help you to be confident you are doing the right thing.

You can use these check sheets when explaining how you are controlled COVID-19 to clients, visitors, building inspectors or even WorkSafe. They do not replace the protocols but help make it easier to check you are doing it right every day.

You can access these check online sheets below:

Download "Weekly COVID-19 Protocols Checklist - Level 2"
Download "Weekly COVID-19 Protocols Checklist - Level 3"


We have also had questions from clients around what they should be expecting from their builder or tradesperson. We have developed this one-page guide for clients you can use when asked questions about COVID-19 and what controls should be in place.

Download "What to Expect at Levels 2 and 3" Checklist

Clients can access further information online about what to expect during Alert Levels 3 and 2 from my builder or tradesperson here and they are attached to this update.

If you do have concerns about protocols not being followed you can forward these issues to https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/covid-19-compliance/

Key contacts:

CHASNZ: Info@chasnz.org

Site Safe: comments@sitesafe.org

Registered Master Builders Association: rmb@masterbuilder.org.nz

New Zealand Certified Builders Association: info@nzcb.nz

Master Plumbers: info@masterplumbers.org.nz

Specialist Trade Contractors Federation: graham@grahamburke.co.nz

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Alert Level 1: Site Operating Instructions Posters

These Display Site Operating Instructions can be used on your site during COVID-19 Alert Level 1

COVID-19 Site Poster

COVID-19 Site Infographic Poster

COVID-19 Display Site Poster

Canterbury Safety Charter | Short safety videos
Safety Charter Covid19 Support Series, Episode One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ud4rh-Rk9g

Safety Charter Covid19 Support Video Episode 2: The First Line of Defense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-g0FATkspc

Safety Charter Covid19 Support Video Episode 3: Keep your Distance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC8706JyzeM&t=19s

Safety Charter Covid19 Support Video Episode 4: Personal Hygiene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB7566w1Je4

Safety Charter Covid19 Support Video Episode 5: PPE and smoko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egJQ6_whyX4

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WorkSafe | Managing supply issues for PPE

The PPE shortage created by flow-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. PPE is an essential part of work health and safety risk management for some types of work, such as healthcare. PCBUs should have a plan to manage the PPE shortage.

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Alert Level 3: How businesses will determine if they should operate

24 March 2020: This document provided by MBIE outlines key messages for the shift in approach under alert level 3

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COVID-19 Site Sign In Register

This sign in register can be downloaded and printed for use in your workplace.

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WorkSafe | Your COVID-19 safety plan – what you need to think about

Under alert level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. For businesses operating as an essential service under alert level 4, a start up plan is not required. However, the controls they have in place need to continue once we transition to alert level 3.

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Guidance for Builders and Contractors

With the Government having announced the date New Zealand moves from COVID-19 Alert Level 4 to Level 3 as Tuesday 28 April, Concrete NZ has prepared guidelines to assist builders and contractors with ordering and the delivery of ready mixed concrete to building sites.

Please feel free to share this document with your membership.

This guidance is part of Concrete NZ’s wider set of COVID-19 protocols to support a safe return to construction work under Alert Level 3 and below.

Concrete NZ has already issued protocols for concrete industry activities under Alert Level 3 - Staying Safe On & Off Site - COVID-19 Protocols for the Concrete Industry.

The Concrete NZ documents supplement the CHASNZ guidance developed in conjunction with industry participants and endorsed by the Construction Sector Accord - COVID-19 Standard and Protocols for New Zealand Construction Operations.

As with the CHASNZ Standard and protocols, the Concrete NZ guidance is ‘living' and will be updated as best practice develops and further industry feedback is received.

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COVID-19 Visitor Health Declaration Form

As part of Pandemic preparedness and our commitment to health, safety and wellbeing, visitors and contractors should answer the questionnaire as part of their condition of entry to site as part of the Visitor Approval Process. This document can be downloaded and printed for use in your workplace.

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