New COVID-19 guidelines for Victorian building and construction industry

July 14, 2020

An updated version (V5) of the Guidelines For The Building And Construction Industry Victoria was released on July 14, 2020 and is available for download.

The updated Guidelines include policies for the following areas:

Temperature Testing

The best protection from COVID-19 is to keep it off building and constructions sites. All sites are to undertake a risk assessment to determine if temperature screening is a reasonably practical/suitable control for the site.
Face Masks
The Chief Health Officer and the DHHS has now recommended that adults in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Mitchell Shire wear a face mask when outsideof their home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 meters apart from other people.
For building and construction sites the practicality of this new advice is simple. Use masks when: 
  • Travelling to and from work where you cannot physically distance and on public transport
  • Travelling in a hoist or lift
  • In a confined space. Any uncertainty should be clarified with a health and safety representative
  • Travelling in a vehicle with other people
  • Operating an item of plant with  another person.

More details are available in the Guidelines.

About the Guidelines

The Guidelines were created by the CFMEU along with other relevant unions and industry groups.

The Guidelines provide direction to employers and workers for the steps required to be taken to best provide a safe and healthy environment, and the actions available in the event of interruption to building and construction work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These Guidelines have been adopted and agreed between the unions and the industry associations involved in their development, and incorporate the “Best practice for managing construction sites in the coronavirus environment” issued by the Victorian state government on 29 March 2020.

We have endeavoured to take a whole of industry approach and the Guidelines should not be limited to any particular sector.

Click Here For Download (Version 5, July 14)

Click here for the further detail on face masks and temperature testing 

NOTE: These Guidelines were correct at the time of publication (July 14, 2020). As the situation with Coronavirus is changing every day, please be sure to refresh this page for updates and to also check our home page, Facebook page or dedicated portal.