Working in Construction at Alert Levels 2 & 3
Working in construction at Alert Levels 2 & 3
The Prime Minister announced last night upgraded COVID-19 alert levels:
AUCKLAND REGION: From midday today, the Auckland region will move to Alert Level 3 until midnight Friday.
REST OF NZ: From midday today, the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 until midnight Friday.
Construction businesses can continue working under Alert Levels 2 & 3 - however they must follow health and safety protocols and guidance. This is available on the CHASNZ website.
These protocols will be updated to reflect current understanding of government requirements for businesses, however the Ministry of Health website should be referred to for any changes in requirements and must be followed.
Wearing of masks on construction sites
The protocols for Alert Levels 2 & 3 require face coverings as an appropriate control for close contact work (1-2 metres for Alert Level 3; and allowance for less than 1m for Alert Level 2).
Consistent with government recommendations masks should be worn on public transport for both Alert Levels 2 & 3.
The government may mandate masks in public and or in the worksite – the Protocols will be updated to reflect any changes as they occur. Construction organisations and activity must always follow government and Ministry of Health requirements.
As per the Level 2 & 3 Protocols, all construction sites must keep track of people entering and leaving the site for contact tracing purposes. This can be achieved through site registers. Use of the government COVID-19 app and QR code system is encouraged so that individuals can keep track of their movements – however sites must keep a register.
It's very important for contractors, subbies and everyone who is permitted on and around sites to understand and work to these protocols.
The protocols are a ‘living document’ and will be updated as best practice develops and we receive further industry feedback. More information on where to get help with the protocols and how to provide feedback can be found on the CHASNZ website.
Mental health and wellbeing
We understand this a stressful time for many people - please visit the Mates in Construction website for more information and support or call the national Telehealth Service on 1737