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Resources for health and safety planning at Alert Level 3

These resources will help your business plan its health and safety response to Alert Level 3.

At midday on August 12, Auckland will be back in Level 3.

To help with this change, we’ve created this article with links to relevant resources for sector specific advice on the steps you need to take.

Creating a Covid-19 safety plan

For businesses permitted to operate when Level 3 kicks in, you need to have a plan for how you’re going to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission in your workplace.

The core aspects of these plans are to:

  • Ensure physical distancing at work.
  • Ensure surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Enable people with flu-like symptoms to self-isolate.
  • Keep records to help with contact tracing.
  • Promote good hygiene, especially with regards to hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette.

To help with creating these plans, the Government has created templates which you can download on the Worksafe website. Though these aren’t compulsory, they’ll help ensure your plan covers the necessary ground. This page also provides seven questions your plan should answer, and advice for answering them.

Your plan should be created in consultation with your workers and their representatives, and must be shared with all staff so they understand the actions you’re taking to safeguard them at work.

Sector specific resources

1. Construction and building

The new COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations gives detailed advice to construction companies. It includes dedicated vertical and horizontal protocols, residential construction protocols and other resources.

The standard, and all of these protocols, can be found on the CHASNZ website.

Business Performance also has advice for retailers and suppliers in this sector.

2. Forestry

Safetree have a guide on their website to help forestry operations work safely at Alert Level 3. It’s important to realise that this is guidance only, and individual businesses need to assess and mitigate their own risks around Covid-19.

3. Farms and agriculture

Farm operations can find advice on carrying out specific agricultural practices (e.g. sheep shearing) at Alert Level 3 on the The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website.

4. Food handling businesses

Although coronavirus can’t grow in food, there’s a need for stringent hygiene practices for businesses where foods are handled or prepared.

The MPI has detailed info on its website on the measures food handlers should follow during their day-to-day activities.

It’s important to know that cafes, bars and restaurants can’t resume dine-in services at Alert Level 3. However, these businesses can sell goods via drive-through or contactless delivery.

5. Fishing and aquaculture

Physical distancing can be impossible on some vessels, and where this isn’t possible, the MPI guidance for commercial fishers is that alternative measures need to be implemented, These could include staff working in shifts or staggered meal breaks.