COVID-19 Management -Preparing for Borders Opening Wednesday 15 December 2021

Tasmania’s response to COVID-19 transitions from zero cases to living in a COVID-19 vaccinated community from 15 December 2021

This means you need to be prepared for a case or outbreak of COVID-19 occurring in your business or organisation, and be ready to work closely with Public Health to act quickly to limit the spread of the virus within your workplace and into the wider community.

All businesses and organisations should have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that captures how your business or organisation complies with the minimum standards for managing the risks of COVID-19, to keep employees and other people within the setting safe.COVID-19 Safety Plans should be reviewed regularly, and particularly in the lead up to the opening of Tasmania’s borders.

An Outbreak Management Plan captures how your business or organisation will prepare for and respond to a confirmed case or cases of COVID-19 in your workplace or setting.

In the event a case of Covid-19 is confirmed on a worksite / workplace, contact tracing, testing and a risk assessment will be required

 Close contacts who are vaccinated will be required to isolate for 7 days, while unvaccinated people will be required to isolate for 14 days

Public Health officials have made clear that vaccination rates will determine whether businesses are able to continue to operate. So, it’s vital our workforce is vaccinated as this will be our best argument against prolonged disruptions to your business in the event of snap another lockdown.

 Contact tracing will remain in place and PRC testing may be accompanied by rapid antigen testing (RAT) if we see cases rise and are required to test large parts of the community.

 Being prepared for cases or an outbreak of COVID-19 will help you to respond well and quickly, and minimise disruption to normal services and activities

Public Health have confirmed that some measures are likely to remain in place – hygiene measures, density restrictions and mask wearing in high risk situations – but will look to minimise disruptions to businesses once borders are open.

Businesses should review and or update their Covid management plans prior to 15 December 2021 and remind employees of their obligation under the plan  

To help businesses prepare Safe Work Australia have also released new information on how to manage Covid-19 and you can access the latest Covid Safety Plan templates, guidelines:

·         How to conduct a Covid-19 Risk Assessment

·         Work Health & Safety Advice

All business are required to undertake a risk assessment of their workplaces to determine whether vaccinations should be mandated for their workforces   

Your obligations under the model WHS Laws and vaccination information for the building and construction industry can be found athttps://covid19.swa.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/building-and-construction/vaccination

Cleaning post a positive case will be consistent with the cleaning requirements specified in existing Covid-19 safety plans, meaning no need for deep cleaning or external cleaning services to be employed. Workplaces can continue to operate while cleaning is undertaken  

 Density Limits of 1 person per 2 sqm applies to all worksites. This applies to construction sites, sites sheds and manufacturing facilities equally, unless it is unsafe to do so (for example, lifting activities or safety spotting).

More information on density limits can be found at: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/gatherings-density-and-physical-distancing

Get the Jab!!   Encourage Vaccination we ask that you encourage all members and their staff to get vaccinated. You can leave home today to get vaccinated. The quicker we all get vaccinated the better chance we have of avoiding lockdowns in the future.

Tas government Covid webpage lists all locations where you can get the jab.

Some members have taken it upon themselves to introduce QR check-ins on sites and this is encouraged for all members to consider using QR codes on sites. The more Industry can do to ensure sites are operating in COVID1-9 safe manner, the more likely the sector can remain operational in the even to of any future snap lockdown.

Please also ensure you read the FWC COVID-19 vaccination workplace rights information before making a decision regarding mandatory vaccinations in your workplace.

Other useful information:

A National Guide for safe workplaces – Covid-19

National Covid-19 safe workplace principles

Workplace Checklist (what can I do to keep my workers safe)

A small business planning tool – covid-19

Working from home – workstation set-up guide – covid-19

A full covid-19 resource kit 

Display suitable signage in your workplace.