National Cabinet has agreed to a unified approach to managing contacts of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. This includes a new definition for close contacts. It currently applies to NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, ACT and will eventually be adopted by WA and NT.
The changes simplify the circumstances when a person is classified as a ‘close contact’. They also minimise the need for isolation and testing for anyone else potentially exposed to COVID-19 – that is those contacts that have been previously referred to as casual contacts. This update summarises the new requirements and how they will be applied in the construction industry in New South Wales.
The Update below has been developed by an Industry Working Group that includes the CFMEU, PTEU, ETU, MBA and a large number of principal contractors in NSW. It has also been provided to NSW Health and WorkSafe.
This advice is effective immediately and will be implemented across the New South Wales Construction Industry from 7 January 2022 (today).
Hutchies' teams delivering projects in New South Wales must download and read this latest industry advice and be ready to implement it when managing positive cases on any of our construction sites or in our offices.
A further update will be distributed shortly concerning other states however given the national approach to close and casual contacts, the general principles will be consistent.
Contact the Coronavirus Team if you have any questions or need more information about the current status of COVID-19 in New South Wales.
This important update includes the latest advice for construction on:
> New Definitions & Requirements
Changes for confirmed positive cases and new definitions of close contacts
> Managing a Positive Case
Step by step process for construction sites or offices to manage positive cases
> Contact Tracing
Ensuring Workers continue to check in so they can be promptly notified of a positive case
Requirements for mask wearing in Queensland