Recommencing and operating school construction projects safely after COVID-19 Alert Level 4

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Our priority is keeping workers returning to construction projects and the wider community healthy and safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone is keen to get our school construction projects restarted as soon as possible, however all parties need to follow both health and safety good practice, and current public health advice.

As a client, we have a significant role to play in ensuring these standards and protocols are taken into account for all work undertaken. We expect everyone managing construction sites on behalf of the Ministry or schools to apply the guidance provided in the document New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols. 

New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols is a comprehensive and easy to read document that includes guidance for businesses on creating a COVID-19 control plan including physical distancing, hygiene practices, site entry and exit, cleaning, deliveries, and visitor protocols.

The development of the protocols has been led by SiteSafe, Civil Contractors New Zealand, and industry leaders. These organisations have collaborated with field experts from within industry to develop healthy and safe protocols for all who work in and around the construction sector while under COVID-19 alert levels.

We have developed a two-part checklist for Main Contractors to complete before work can start on site. This list will help to ensure sites are operating in a way that reduces the risk of wide-spread transmission. The first part of the checklist includes a pre-start check to make sure the site is safe for people to enter. The second part details the ongoing arrangements to protect workers health and safety after activity on site has resumed.

Checklist for Main Contractors after COVID-19 Alert Level 2 [PDF, 129 KB]

Clear and open communication between parties is as important as ever to maintain the pillars of health and safety.

If you have any questions please contact EIS.HealthandSafety@education.govt.nz.

Information is also available on the CHASNZ website.

CHASNZ - COVID-19 and working at the current alert level (external link)

Your COVID-19 safety plan – what you need to think about (WorkSafe Guidance)  (external link)

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