The following changes will likely take a period of adjustment on site, especially in relation to those who were previously away from work due to being in an LGA of concern.
Hutchies will communicate further updates about these changes as more information is distributed by the NSW Government.
Removal of LGAs of concern
The major change to the construction industry is the removal of the Public Health Order (PHO) designating Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern which required workers from those areas to comply with rules around vaccination, testing and permits.
There is no longer any mandatory requirement for construction workers to be vaccinated in order to work on occupied or unoccupied construction sites. People entering site will no longer need to show evidence of their address.
Hutchies' declaration will stay in place
For the purposes of contact tracing, Hutchies will continue to utilise its declaration on all NSW sites to ensure that our teams can effectively maintain internal contact tracing processes. This means that anyone who enters a Hutchies' site must still sign in to both the Service NSW QR Code and Hutchies' declaration daily. The declaration has been updated to only request information necessary for contact tracing.
Other methods that sites have employed (eg Contact Harald) should also remain in place to assist with contact tracing.
Contact tracing changes
Contact tracing protocols have changed. Hutchies' Site Management Teams will follow the NSW Government guidelines in order to make contact tracing assessments when a positive case is detected on site.
Fully vaccinated people who are directly exposed to a positive case on site will no longer have to isolate for 14 days. Instead, fully vaccinated people who are exposed on site will now typically be considered casual or low risk contacts (as determined by Hutchies' Site Management).
Additionally, contact tracing will now be handled at a workplace level unless there are 3 positive cases on a site within a 7 day period. If this occurs, NSW Health must be contacted by the site management team.
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