Categories
Uncategorized

Urgent Alert – NSW ’embers’ hit VIC

Urgent Alert – NSW ’embers’ hit VIC

July 13, 2021

“THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR SITE OPEN IS TO KEEP THIS VIRUS OUT!”

(Quote attributed to Peter Parkinson, Chair Building and Construction Industry COVID-19 Taskforce)

 

The new and highly transmissible DELTA strain of Coronavirus is currently sweeping through Greater

Sydney and other regions of NSW. As a result, the Victorian government has declared all of NSW a

‘Red’ Travel Zone and closed the border from midnight 11 July. All returning Victorians must now quarantine for 14 days. It was reported late yesterday that returning Melbourne family members had tested positive and again, Victoria has public exposure sites.

Urgent Alert Building & Construction Industry Covid 19 – 130721

Please continue to:

  1. Update and enforce pre start declarations
  2. Ensure that sites workplace mapping systems are up to date and ensure ALL scan the SERVICE VIC QR Code
  3. Ensure density quotients, physical distancing and cleaning/hygiene standards are in place. 
 

Categories
Uncategorized

Building & Construction Industry Update

Building & Construction Industry Update

July 9, 2021

View latest update here: Building & Construction Industry Update Covid 19 – 090721

There were zero new locally acquired positive cases reported in Victoria again yesterday

for the ninth day and now only 21 active cases in total. As a result of this good news,

Victoria is in a stable position and the government eased restrictions further as at

midnight last night.

The lockdown in greater Sydney and other parts of NSW has been extended due to

continued exposure to the highly transmissable Delta variant of the virus, with no sign of

an end until the outbreak is ‘significantly curtailed’, according to the NSW Premier. The

Victorian Health Minister has urged Victorians not to travel to NSW at present.

National Cabinet meets again today to consider new COVID-19 measures including the

possibility of home quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Australia and

compulsory vaccination of disability workers (aged care workers are already required to

be vaccinated).

 

Categories
Uncategorized

Mandatory Action – Construction Sites

Mandatory Action – Construction Sites

June 10, 2021

These six critical actions just might be the difference between workers staying well and your site staying open or closing down.

The Victorian Building and Construction Industry remains OPEN because it is so
vital to the state economy and we have implemented the most thorough
measures available to keep workers safe – all listed in the Industry Guidelines BUT
The threat of illness from COVID-19 and the viability of the industry is still at RISK!

 Mandatory: 

1) ENSURE that the site’s WORKPLACE MAPPING systems are up to date and INSTALL the SERVICE VIC QR Code Service.

2) MANDATE the wearing of masks (unless exempted or have a medical reason.)

3) ENSURE that the Density Quotient and Cleaning and Hygiene standards are in place.

4) ENSURE that anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms or who has attended a COVID-19 public exposure site stays home and complies with Dept Health instructions.

 

Best Practice:

5) AUDIT the ventilation in Hoists, Toilets, lunch rooms and change rooms which are high risk areas.

6) COMPLY with the Industry COVID-19 GUIDELINES

To download mandatory and best practice alert flyer click 

Categories
Uncategorized

Covid-19 Latest Industry Guidelines June 2021

Covid-19 Latest Industry Guidelines June 2021

June 10, 2021

Important updates regarding Covid-19 covering: 

  • State of emergency
  • Screening workers coming to site
  • QR codes
  • Face masks 
  • COVID Marshals 
  • Procedures for handling positive cases and contacts

What this means for you: Explanatory Note (PDF)

Please click the link below to view the latest Coronavirus Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry in Victoria.

Industry Guidelines (PDF)

Categories
Uncategorized

COVID-19 Announcement May 2021

COVID-19 Announcement May 2021

May 27, 2021

This morning the Victorian Government’s Chief Medical Officer introduced public health measures to control the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

The Chief Medical Officer has made the decision to keep building and construction workplaces open.

It’s important that members continue to follow COVIDSafe work procedures, industry guidelines and monitor Victorian Government public health alerts.

Keep up the physical distancing, wear PPE such as KN95 masks and continue good personal hygiene. And remember, if you feel unwell you must stay at
home and get tested.

Click here for the latest COVID-19 industry guidelines.

If you need assistance, you can contact us via phone or email. However, due to the Chief Health Officer’s directions, the office will be closed for walk-ins.

Please stay safe and get in touch if you need assistance.

Categories
Uncategorized

Current Industry Guidelines: April 2021

Current Industry Guidelines: April 2021

April 29, 2021

Please click the link below to view the latest Coronavirus Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry in Victoria. 

What it means for you

Categories
Uncategorized

Latest COVID-19 Announcement

Latest COVID-19 Announcement

February 17, 2021

Confirming all sites are back to work at 100% capacity tomorrow.

 In line with the Premier’s recent media statement, face masks must be carried at all times, worn inside at all times and also worn outside when you cannot physically distance. 

Click here for the full changes the Premier has announced.

Categories
Uncategorized

COVID-19 – Building & Construction Industry VIC Lockdown Update

COVID-19 – Building & Construction Industry VIC Lockdown Update

February 12, 2021

EFFECTIVE: 11:59 PM TONIGHT

As per the Vic Govt Chief Medical Officer’s directive, unfortunately all jobs will be shut down as of 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm Wed 17 Feb, OTHER THAN JOBS ON: schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure.

Work can take place tomorrow, Sat 13th Feb only for essential teams required to safely secure job sites for the lockdown.

John Setka
CFMEU VIC Secretary

Categories
Uncategorized

COVID-19 – Building & Construction Industry Update 2021

COVID-19 – Building & Construction Industry Update 2021

January 15, 2021

Update on Face Masks

EFFECTIVE: MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 17TH JANUARY 

Face masks will no longer be required to be worn on construction sites, however – our Industry COVID-19 Guidelines still require workers to carry face masks at all times and wear them in hoists/lifts and where physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

*This updates and overrides earlier advice that face masks must be worn
indoors on building and construction sites and in offices, crib rooms and amenities.

The total number of workers permitted on site at any one time is subject to a density quotient of one person per two square metres in common areas – this includes offices, crib rooms and amenities.

Locations where face masks are still mandatory in the state of VICTORIA include:

On public transport
Riding in a taxi/ride share
Shopping centres and indoor markets
Large retail stores
Domestic flights and airports
Hospitals
 

We are committed to continue leading workers safely through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority has always been to protect the safety and livelihoods of our members, their families, and the broader community.

Please remember the COVID-safe practices we have put in place.

The work you are doing is vital. Be proud to be union and proud to lead the recovery of our economy.

Categories
Uncategorized

Current DHHS Guidelines: January 2021

Current DHHS Guidelines: January 2021

January 12, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided the following information to our industry ahead of tomorrow, Wednesday 13th January 2021, when the majority of Victorian worksites will re-open after the festive season.

All members of Victoria’s building, development and construction industry (unless exempted) must:

Carry a face mask and wear it when indoors (except when eating or drinking). Indoors means when entering any enclosed area such as an office, hoist or lift, crib room or ablutions.

Wear a face mask in other situations outdoors when you cannot physically distance 1.5 metres.
Continue to wash your hands and sanitise frequently.

And, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms – STAY HOME AND GET TESTED.