CFMEU VIC/TAS Covid-19 Ongoing Updates

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At present, advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that restrictions do not currently apply to construction, electrical and plumbing services, which are considered essential services.

We cannot stress enough the importance of following appropriate measures and guidelines of strict hygiene practices, social distancing and separation of workers on meal breaks to ensure we can keep sites safe and open.

The work we do is vital. The construction industry contributes to 45% of tax revenue for the state.

CFMEU VIC/TAS Media Statements

Safety

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection to help prevent the virus spreading.

Key elements CFMEU Representatives are implementing on a daily basis are:

Separation of meal breaks for maximum personal space

Using suitable gloves where workers are in proximity

Providing hand sanitiser in all hoists, amenities and areas and levels of the site

Conduct regular toolbox meetings to provide up-to-date information

Just like with any sickness – If you feel unwell, particularly with any of the symptoms of COVID-19, cough, sore throat, fever, difficulty breathing – don’t go to work, call your doctor.

FAQs

WHAT IS THE CFMEU DOING ABOUT COVID-19?

The CFMEU is working with builders to limit the risk of Covid-19 on our sites. Measures include:

  • staggered starts to shifts
  • staggered breaks
  • extra smoko sheds installed (to limit the number of people in them).

The CFMEU is aware of all the risks of Covid-19, and we want to keep all our members safe, healthy and employed.

IS IT SAFE TO BE IN A LIFT OR HOIST AT THE MOMENT?

In line with the Victoria’s Dept of Health & Human Services recommendations on transport carriers, the number of personnel in a lift/hoist at any one time should be limited.

When you are queueing up to get in a lift/hoist, please be patient and give each other room.

Advice from the Federal Dept of Health and the DHHS state that lifts/hoists can still be used on site and all employees must follow the above stated rules when going inside any lift and using hoists.  

HOW CAN WORK GO ON WHEN THERE ARE BANS ON SOCIAL GATHERINGS?

The limits on social gatherings do not apply to workplaces.

However, we are taking lots of steps to keep our sites virus-free – and we will continue to do so.

All workers should follow the advice around good hygiene and social distancing.

If you are sick, you should stay away from your workplace.

DOES COVID-19 MEAN I CAN ACCESS MY SUPER?

Please see below documents Cbus released regarding accessing superannuation during this time:

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