Operating school construction projects safely during COVID-19 Alert Levels
As our school construction projects restart or new projects commence, all parties must follow health and safety best practice, and current public health advice.
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COVID-19 Alert levels and their requirements are legally mandated by the government for all New Zealanders. The Ministry has provided additional guidance to support schools to meet compliance under the alert levels when operating school construction projects.
The Ministry’s role
As a client, we have a significant role to play in ensuring COVID-19 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 and adhere to 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 cleaning and hygiene practices, site entry and exit register, deliveries, and visitor protocols.
The development of the protocols has been led by the industry safety body CHASNZ with input from industry leaders. These organisations have collaborated with field experts from within industry to develop health and safe protocols for all who work in and around the construction sector while under COVID-19 alert levels.
COVID-19 checklist required
We have developed checklists 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 transmission.
Once the checklist is completed, Main Contractors (MC) should sign and return to:
- For Ministry-led projects: EIS.HealthandSafety@education.govt.nz
- For School-led projects: The Project Manager who will return to the School.
Clear and open communication between parties is as important as ever to maintain the pillars of health and safety.
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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