Moving from level 4 to level 3.
17 Apr 2020 | ManufacturingNZ
Moving from level 4 to level 3.
Moving from Alert Level 4 to Level 3
NZ is still in Level 4 and will stay at Level 4 at least until 20 April.
The decision on when we move to Level 3 will be made on 20 April.
When we go to Level 3, there will no longer be the focus on ’essential businesses only’.
At Level 3, any business will be able to operate as long as they comply with Level 3 criteria and all obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Level 3 criteria will likely include:
- Staying home, if working from home is possible.
- If at work, 2-metre social distancing and hygiene requirements will still apply.
- Bars, restaurants and retail stores will have to stay closed for over-the-counter business but will be allowed to operate food delivery, click & collect, online or drive through sales. ‘No contact’ rules will apply
- Tradespersons, house movers etc required to enter homes will be able to do so but must observe safe distance and ‘no contact’ rules.
- Travel will be permitted for necessary reasons (commuting to work, taking children to school etc), within your region.
- Recreation will be permitted as long as you are separate from anyone outside your bubble. Swimming, shore-based fishing and surfing will be OK in Level 3, but not motorised sports (boating etc), and no large gatherings.
- Schools will be partly reopened (for students up to year 10). Attendance will be voluntary, as parents will be encouraged to keep children home if possible.
- Funerals & weddings will be limited to fewer than 10 people, with no reception, foods or drinks allowed
General guidelines have now been loaded onto the Covid 19 website. They can be found at
Further guidance on level 3 will be provided over the next few days by WorkSafe NZ, followed by more specific advice to businesses by the BusinessNZ Network and industry bodies.
Below are risk points and actions to consider by businesses:
Actions to consider
Travelling to work
Maintaining a safe mode of transport
Limiting other workers e.g. car pooling
Hygiene considerations, hands sneezing/cough while on route to work
Health checks of all workers/contractors/visitors or health declarations from workers
Entry registrations and exit
Inductions re COVID 19, consider remote systems
Creating and maintaining safe systems of work to maintain 2 meters distancing, or if between 1 and 2 m PPE, other physical barriers, gloves, glasses, masks, tissues
If less than 1 m consider stopping that work
If another worker is known and or is symptom free then 1 m is acceptable
Training and re induction re PPE, Hygiene, Hand washing
Workplace wipe downs, disinfectants high touch areas, tools, equipment, vehicles ….
Waste disposal of tissues, masks etc.
Split shifts, flexible shifts
Work group bubbles
Limiting movement between departments
Is working from home still a viable option
Limit smokos, food and other gatherings
Mobile workers and their transport, social distancing
Staff working off site at another worksite
Employee tracing of movements
Meeting registers of attendees.
Tool box or similar meetings how to maintain 2 m gap
Those entering home e.g. trades to maintain safe distancing and no contact.
What to do in a COVID 19 case or suspected case
HR policies re staff not coming to work
Hygiene wash down
Transport home, hygiene
Identifying vulnerable workers and management of
wellbeing and mental health
Systems to follow re unwell workers
Prepare an emergency/ advice call list
Information being made available to staff, posters, signs
Contractor management checking their systems
Deliveries/couriers contactless if posible
Supply chains in and out of the business.
Privacy issues around personal information
Managing staff apathy
Develop a Risk register of all jobs/tasks where 2 m gap is or could be compromised- normal work and maintenance work
Information to staff re out of work considerations. MoH
Staff (H&S) representatives and union involvement where present