13 May COVID-19 Updates
Covid-19 Updates from the Building Industry.
On Saturday 10th July, HIA shared information about changes in regulations for building sites, especially in regards to the wearing of fasemasks on a site. We are sharign this important press-release with you, so you can learn how to stay healthy & fine-free on your worksite.
Author: David Bare, NSW Executive Director HIA
From 5:00pm yesterday it became mandatory to wear a face mask in any indoor areas on construction sites in Greater Sydney, which includes metropolitan Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Illawarra and the Central Coast, unless one of the permitted exemptions applies.
HIA understands the impracticalities and potential safety risks associated with wearing face masks when undertaking construction work and is having ongoing discussions with Government regarding these concerns.
Members should consider that while it is mandatory to wear a face mask in indoor areas on a construction site they can be removed in accordance with the exemption provisions:
when the person is at work and the nature of the person’s work makes the wearing of a face mask a risk to the person’s, or another person’s health and safety, and
when the person is at work and the nature of the person’s work requires clear enunciation.
Based on this HIA advises that:
many situations on a residential construction site would allow the removal of a face mask,
members should ensure that all who attend a construction site carry a mask, and
a pragmatic approach is taken to the wearing of face masks on construction sites.
HIA has developed further information to support members comply with the face mask requirements.
Do the carpooling restrictions apply to construction workers?
No. The new carpooling restrictions only apply to outdoor recreation or exercise.
Leaving Greater Sydney
If you are over 18 and leaving Greater Sydney you must:
carry evidence showing your address, and
produce the evidence if requested to do so by a police officer.
Are you having trouble filling out your COVID-19 Safety Plan?
In order to implement the NSW Governments mandatory QR code system your business needs to have a completed a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
HIA’s Making space on site industry guidelines can assist members comply with their obligations and manage their residential building work sites and business premises.
HIA’s Member Alert from 7 July provides relevant details regarding the NSW Government QR code requirement on building sites that commences on Monday 12 July.
Members are to be mindful that the situation is subject to change and to remain alert. HIA will continue to update members as further information becomes available.
NSW Executive Director
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