Guidance for businesses and WorkSafe’s approach

May 21, 2020

Moving to Alert Level 2 has brought many more businesses back to work. All businesses are expected to have controls in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community remains, though the move to Alert Level 2 reflects the risk is lower. This means it’s safer to do a range of work activities, including having customers on premises and having some workers return to the office.

At Alert Level 2, our focus is on whether PCBUs (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) are meeting public health requirements for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission at work and will continue to focus on whether they’re meeting their HSWA (Health and Safety at Work Act 2015) requirements too.

We will continue to update the guidance on our website on what our Alert Level 2 approach looks like. This is a rapidly changing situation, so we would encourage you to regularly review the following sites for updates as well as any sector organisation you belong to. Many sector groups have guidance specific to their industry, which have usually been discussed with WorkSafe and can save you a lot of work trying to make up your own controls.

https://worksafe.govt.nz/                                                  https://covid19.govt.nz/

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Proactive calling programme

Our proactive calling programme is continuing in Alert Level 2. We're touching base across many businesses to make sure they've got up-to-date information and controls in place. Please do not be surprised if you receive a call.

 

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Intro Byline: Update from WorkSafe Taranaki