Covid Management – Post 15 December

Preparing for a case or outbreak in your organisation

Being prepared for cases or an outbreak of COVID-19 will help you to respond well and quickly, and minimise disruption to normal services and activities.

Public Health have confirmed that some measures are likely to remain in place – hygiene measures, density restrictions and mask wearing in high risk situations – but will look to minimise disruptions to businesses once borders are open.

Businesses should review and or update their Covid management plans prior to 15 December and remind staff of their obligation under the plan. Below you can find the latest Covid Safety Plan templates, guidelines and advice:

How to conduct a Covid-19 Risk Assessment  

COVID Outbreak Management

Preparing Your Business COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks

Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Laws 

Work Health & Safety

Mask Mandate

 

To help businesses prepare Safe Work Australia has released new information on how to manage Covid-19.

Vaccination information for the building and construction industry can be found at: https://covid19.swa.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/building-and-construction/vaccination

The page provides information about your obligations under the model WHS Laws and how these relate to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Other useful information includes:

A National Guide for safe workplaces – Covid-19

National Covid-19 safe workplace principles

The latest workplace checklist to limit the spread of covid-19

A small business planning tool – covid-19

Working from home – workstation setp-up guide – covid-19 in case you are required to have staff working from home

A full covid-19 resource kit that also includes guides for physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting your workplace, and a health and hygiene facilities checklist

 

Vaccinations

Public Health officials also made clear that vaccination rates will determine whether businesses are able to continue to operate. Getting your workforces vaccinated is our best defence against prolonged disruptions to businesses.

Contact tracing will remain in place and PRC testing may be accompanied by rapid antigen testing (RAT) if we see cases rise and are required to test large parts of the community.

In the event that there is a case of Covid on a worksite or in a workplace, contact tracing, a risk assessment and testing will be required. Close contacts who are vaccinated will be required to isolate for 7 days, while unvaccinated people will be required to isolate for 14 days.

Cleaning post a positive case will be consistent with the cleaning requirements specified in existing Covid safety plans, meaning no need for deep cleaning or external cleaning services to be employed. Workplaces can continue to operate while cleaning is undertaken.

All business are likely to be required to undertake a risk assessment of their workplaces to determine whether vaccinations should be mandated for their workforces. MBT is working with WorkSafe to better understand what is required to undertake a workplace risk assessment and is asking for clear guidance from government to assist businesses.

Please ensure you have read the FWC COVID-19 vaccination workplace rights information carefully before making a decision regarding mandatory vaccinations.

Density Limits

A density limit of 1 person per 2 sqm applies to all worksites. This applies to construction sites, sites sheds and manufacturing facilities equally, unless it is unsafe to do so (for example, lifting activities or safety spotting).

More information on density limits can be found at: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/gatherings-density-and-physical-distancing

Get the Jab!

We’d encourage all members and their staff to get vaccinated. You can leave home today to get vaccinated.

The quicker we all get vaccinated the better chance we have of avoiding lockdowns in the future.

To find were you can go to get the jab visit the Tas government Covid webpage.

Whilst not mandatory, I am aware that some members have taken it upon themselves to introduce QR check-ins on sites. I would encourage all members to consider introducing QR codes on sites. The more we can do to shows sites can operate safely and ensure we keep our industry COVID free the better chance we have of keeping open in the event of a future snap lockdown.

Other steps we can take: