WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR WORKERS AND CLIENTS SAFE?
A simple but effective health and safety system identifying risks and controls is a great start.
Keep calm, understanding that your best is what you can do – find help if you need it.
For buy-in to the health and safety plan, ensure all workers participate in the planning process.
Consider what is in the employment agreement for your workers before you start making changes in the work expectations.
ROLES, NOT INDIVIDUALS
Your focus in the risk assessment must be on the role – the work being done – rather than the individual performing the role.
If you want your employees to be vaccinated for reasons other than work health and safety that is an employment matter.
HOW WILL YOU PROVIDE A SAFE PLACE OF WORK
AT RED, ACTION WILL BE NEEDED TO BE TAKEN TO PROTECT BOTH AT-RISK PEOPLE AND PROTECT OUR HEALTH SYSTEM FROM AN UNSUSTAINABLE NUMBER OF HOSPITALISATIONS.
- Record keeping and scanning will be required.
- Face coverings will be mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public venues, recommended whenever leaving the house
- Public facilities- open with up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing
- Retail- open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing.
- Workplaces- working from home encouraged
- ECEs, schools, and kura are open with public health measures
- Specified outdoor community events- allowed with capacity limits.
PLACES WITH VACCINATION CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
There will be restrictions if vaccination certificates are used
- Gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae
- Weddings and civil union ceremonies
- Funerals and tangihanga
- Events (indoor/outdoor)
- close contact businesses with public health requirements in place
- tertiary education- vaccines required for onsite delivery, with capacity based on 1 metre distancing.
PLACES WHERE VACCINATION CERTIFICATES NOT USED
If a business, organisation or service, does not request proof of vaccine, restrictions will apply
- Hospitality – contactless only
- Gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae – up to 10 people
- Weddings and civil union ceremonies – up to 10 people
- Funerals and tangihanga – up to 10 people
- Tertiary education – distance learning only
- Events (indoor and outdoor)
- Close contact businesses (for example hairdressers)
WORKSAFE NZ GUIDANCE NOTES
Our expectation is that to decide whether work requires a vaccinated employee:
WORK THAT MUST BE CARRIED OUT BY VACCINATED WORKERS
CONSIDER THESE RISK FACTORS
- How long does the work require the employee to be in that proximity to other people? (brief contact = lower risk; lengthy contact = higher risk)
- Does the work involve regular interaction with people considered at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as people with underlying health conditions? (little to none = lower risk; whole time = higher risk)
- What is the risk of COVID-19 infection and transmission in the work environment when compared to the risk outside work? (equal to outside work = lower risk; higher than outside work = higher risk)
- Will the work continue to involve regular interaction with unknown people if the region is at a higher alert level? (no = lower risk; yes = higher risk).
- Record your results