5 August 2020
I hope you are well and coping as best you can with this very challenging situation.
Whilst this is a horrendous situation and a very stressful time, we are so very grateful that domestic construction has remained an essential service and permitted work, albeit with further restrictions. I have outlined below some information that will assist you in fulfilling your mandatory obligations should you wish to continue working on site.
As I’m sure you are all well aware that as of midnight tonight (Wednesday, 5 August) all employers who require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees. This is a requirement of the employer. Huge penalties apply for breaching this scheme from $19,826 for individuals up to $99,132 for businesses as well as on-the-spot fines from $1,652 for individuals up to $9,913 for businesses.
Worker permits are required if the employee works for an employer on the list of permitted activities, is working in an approved category for on-site work and the employee cannot work from home.
An employee must not use a worker permit (even where issued) if they test positive to coronavirus and are required to self-isolate it if they are a close contact if someone who has tested positive.
To issue a permit an employer must download the template document (available upon request), complete and sign it and have the worker sign it also (can be done electronically).
Employees must carry the worker permit and photo ID when traveling to and from the workplace. Permits may be shown electronically or in paper form.
The website with all the relevant information is https://justice.vic.gov.au/permitted-worker-scheme
It is a requirement that you sign in and out of site every day using the HazardCo app so that we can continue to ensure everyone’s safety on site (and their families of course) and the safety of the general public. This is as simple as downloading the HazardCo App on iTunes or Google Play and scanning the QR code at the front of site. All of the visitor information is stored and then accessible should the need for contract tracing purposes be required. required
Covid Safe Plan
I have available templates (upon request) for the Victorian Government’s Covid Safe Plan as well as the Guide on how to best complete it. This Covid Safe Plan must be implemented by midnight, Friday 7 August – but I would recommend getting it done sooner if you can so that you are ready and ensure you are fully compliant following Friday’s deadline. HazardCo and their OHS Advisory team are happy to assist members in setting up their plans and are contactable on 1800 954 702. Otherwise, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send through the templates for you.
If you have any queries or would just like to chat at any time, please reach out and I will be there for you.
I’ll be honest, my nerves are shot and I feel like I could run a household with what feels like the electric current running through me right now. I’m irritable and on edge and I’m very fortunate to have a fairly independent 9 year old doing remote learning though he’s copped a few ‘HANG ON’s from me already today. But I know I am strong and capable, just like each and every one of you. We will all be okay. We will get through this and we will get through this together.
I know I keep referring to websites and platforms for mental health support, and I’m sorry if it’s annoying, but I feel like it is vital at this time, so here they are again.
Please remember to get in touch if you need anything (even if it’s just a friendly chat or even a frustrated rant) or help filling out forms or downloading information. I totally get it and I am here to support you.