Now that we’re moving to Alert Level 3 next week, there are some things you’ll need to have in place on your work site. You’ll need to sort some changes to your Health & Safety requirements and protocols, including cleaning procedures and sign-in and -out steps.
Check out an overview of these below.
Before arriving on site
Before your team starts back at work, you’ll need to have a plan in place to mitigate any risks related to COVID-19 and do a re-induction to the site so everyone knows this plan.
You’ll need to make sure that none of your team returning to work are sick, are immune-compromised, or over 70 years old, and they’ll need to work with some degree of separation (ideally 2 metres apart).
Your site will need to have clear entry and exit points and have signage and/or fencing to stop members of the public accessing it – all non-essential visitors can’t enter the site.
Your site needs to be set up with:
- A sign in register at entry so essential visitors can enter in their name, full contact details, time in, and a declaration that they’re healthy.
- All people accessing your site need to sign in and sign out at each visit, including delivery companies and clients, and they need to maintain at least 2m physical distancing and encouraged not to touch anything on site unless necessary
- Wash stations equipped with antibacterial soap or hand sanitiser
- Any PPE required for the work undertaken
- Signage installed (check out our mates at The Sign Studio) throughout the site outlining COVID-19 controls
Don’t share tools – if they need to be shared, make sure they’re being disinfected properly before passing to the next person.
Make sure that high touch areas such as door handles, sign in stations, etc. are thoroughly cleaned regularly.
You’ll need to have a plan in place for receiving deliveries. The delivery person will need to sign in and out and know where and how they can deliver safely on your site.
Leaving the site
You need to make sure everyone signs out, washes their hands and uses hand sanitiser before they leave the site.
Anyone leaving the site should also include where they’re heading to next to assist with contact tracing in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case.
If any of your team or any visitors are suspected of having contracted COVID-19 or have been in contact with a suspected case, this needs to be reported immediately to their contracting company and to the site owner.
If this occurs, the site must be shut down for a minimum of 3 days (unless COVID-19 test is confirmed negative or the Ministry of Health advises) while an investigation takes place. You’ll also need to notify the Ministry of Health and begin contact tracing (identifying all sites the person in question has accessed), as well as conducting a full sanitising clean.
You can find out more info and updates here.