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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

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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)

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Victorian Government announcement on easing of restrictions

Victorian Government announcement on easing of restrictions

December 6, 2020

Today the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced further easing on COVID-19 restrictions. The main outcomes of this announcement for our industry are:

From 11:59pm tonight (6th December) masks must be carried at all times, but are no longer required in indoor spaces other than shopping centres, public transport, rideshare vehicles (taxis/Ubers) and large retail stores (eg Bunnings). However, it is strongly recommended that if you cannot physically distance that you continue to wear a mask.

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Construction returns to 100% workforce capacity

Construction returns to 100% workforce capacity

November 2, 2020

100% workforce capacity. Site visit limit on specialist contractors removed. Other additional obligations remain in place.

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

Employers must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place for each workplace/site and ensure that employees comply with those plans including physical distancing and face mask requirements.

A Permitted Worker Permit is only required for workers who need to travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria (in both directions) for work.

Read the VIC Gov construction sector guidance here:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction

Read what the latest restrictions mean for construction and business here: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/what-the-latest-restrictions-announcement-means-for-business-20201025-p568be.html