Our covid-19 safe working plan

This plan covers alert levels 2 – 3

We are committed to keeping our team safe. The following procedures, along with all MOH guidelines are how we plan on doing that

Prerequisites

Our expectation

Due to the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, all team members are expected to follow this plan. Management are taking a zero tolerance approach; any failure to comply could be considered serious misconduct under item 11.1 of our employment agreement

High risk employees

Powerex will not allow any team member that is considered high risk to come to work. This includes anyone over 70 or anyone who is immune compromised. We don’t have any team members that fall into this category, but if someone’s circumstances should change, they need to let us know. This person will not be able to return to work until a medical professional declares them as fit to do so

Emergency management

Any team member that is exposed to Covid-19 or suspected to have been exposed must:

    • notify management at their earliest opportunity
    • provide a list of work related contacts for the last 5 days to management for the purposes of contact tracing – management will help with this task by providing a printout of your schedule detailing all work undertaken and all travels related to that work, etc
    • management will then provide this comprehensive list to all sites you have worked on for their follow up as required
    • self-isolate for 14 days, or until the suspicion has been cleared

As a team, we will follow these steps if one of us becomes infected or is suspected to be infected:

    • If we have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 at work, we will follow the 7 step guide in appendix 3
    • If the suspected case of Covid-19 is not at work when diagnosed, we will follow the 4 steps in appendix 4

Face masks

the MOH do not recommend the use of face masks, therefore we do not require our team to use them. If anyone wants to wear a face mask, we will not stop them from doing so, but they will first need to demonstrate to management that they know how to use it correctly so it doesn’t add additional risk to them

Working in close proximity to each other

It is expected that our nature of work will often require team members to work in close proximity to each other. Therefore we are “pairing” our members in groups of 2 and 3 to form their own “bubbles”. Each bubble will still need to maintain physical distancing from other bubbles

Speak up

We encourage all team members to speak up if:

    • they wish to offer improvements to this plan
    • if they feel unsafe on a jobsite due to the main contractor / owners unsatisfactory implementation of suitable site protocols

Before leaving to go to work

Follow the MOH safe to attend work guidelines

We must first follow the personal health guidelines set down by the MOH to confirm we are safe to attend work. See appendix 1 for an easy to follow flow chart

If we are working at the office

We will always ensure:

  • We keep 1 meter physical distancing between workers
  • We clean surfaces on a regular basis to maintain high hygiene standards
  • We don’t share any tools or equipment between workers
  • We limit physical interaction between groups of workers
  • We keep a record of every place we have visited, and every person we have interacted with. This can be achieved via our schedule, so it is important that this is kept updated
  • We have no face to face meetings with anyone outside of our extended “company bubble”. All meetings to be via phone, WhatsAPP or similar

When we are travelling to site / between sites

We will always ensure:

  • A maximum of 2 people per vehicle.
  • The passenger compartment is for humans & their personal effects, the rear of the vehicle is for everything else
  • All our personal items will be kept on our person or in our bag. No personal items are to contact the vehicle interior, except us and our bag
  • The vehicle must be thoroughly cleaned after each use. This includes touch items such as steering wheel, door handles, dashboard, etc

When we are entering the site

We will always ensure:

  • We wash our hands before entering the site, to ensure we don’t introduce any germs to the site
  • We Follow site specific sign in procedures. Note each site could be different as this process is controlled by the main contractor / owner
  • If we are working in a clients home, we will ensure the client understands what we are doing, and how we will do it, including any access to switchboards, etc
  • We ensure our SimPRO status is “onsite” so we have an accurate record of our daily movements in the event that contact tracing is required
  • We have the necessary PPE. This includes disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer as well as our regular PPE
  • We observe 2M physical distancing requirements if queuing to enter the site

When completing our JSA’s

We will always ensure:

  • We complete our JSA for each site as per normal
  • We note there are specific questions relating to our health that we now need to answer

When we are working on site

We will always ensure:

 

  • We establish our area of work, and confirm we have physical distancing established with any other workers or the client
  • The work area is adequately ventilated 
  • We do not share our tools with other trades – if we do, we will ensure they are properly cleaned before and after
  • That if physical distancing measures introduce other H & S risks, these should be considered and allowances made
  • We bring a packed lunch to work. Going to the shop is high risk so should be eliminated
  • When receiving deliveries, we do not want to expose our suppliers to the hassles of site sign in etc so we will take delivery of our goods outside. We will not sign for any deliveries or have any physical contact with the driver. We will have our gloves on, so in the unlikely event the packaging is contaminated, we will still be personally protected
  • We wear our PPE. It is the site owners responsibility to “cleanse” the site each day, however we can’t assume this will be done so it’s best to wear gloves at all times or wash our hands regularly if wearing gloves is not suitable. See appendix 2 for safe practices when using gloves on site

When leaving site

We will always ensure:

  • We follow site specific sign out procedures
  • We dispose of any used disposable gloves & cleaning wipes / rags in the designated site rubbish bins
  • We wash our hands before leaving the site, to ensure we don’t take any germs with us
  • We sign out of the job in SimPRO while still at the site, so we have an accurate record of our daily movements in the event that contact tracing is required

Additional resources

  • The official government covid-19 website
  • Ministry of Health (MOH) website
  • Sitesafe have information specific to the construction industry on their website
  • Free & confidential mental health & wellbeing information can be obtained at 1737.org.nz or by free call or text 1737 anytime for support by a trained counsellor

Appendix 1 – How to identify if you should be at work or stay at home

Appendix 2 – Safe practices when using gloves on site

Appendix 3 – If the suspected or confirmed case of covid-19 is at work:

Appendix 4 – If the suspected or confirmed case of covid-19 is not at work when diagnosed:

This plan is evolving and subject to change if new information becomes available. The web version will always be the latest version over any printed version. If you would like to discuss this plan or propose changes to suit a particular site or situation, please contact us