Construction sites reopening across Greater Sydney can expect a visit from SafeWork NSW inspectors to ensure they are complying with the latest public health orders and keeping communities safe from the virulent Delta strain.
Safework NSW Director of Construction Metropolitan, Meagan McCool, said with sites permitted to reopen from Saturday (31 July) inspectors will be out working with businesses to ensure they have implemented the latest safety measures.
“We know adjusting to the new rules can be tough, which is why we will be working closely with businesses over the coming weeks to help them understand the new requirements and ensure COVID safe practices,” Ms McCool said.
“Businesses wanting to reopen are required to complete a new COVID-19 Checklist and agree to a set of guidelines to help ensure all those on site are doing their part to help combat the spread of the virus.
“The checklist includes requirements on physical distancing, hygiene, record keeping, and other initiatives.
“These new COVID Safety requirements developed with extensive consultation with the construction industry are in place for a reason, and all businesses need to make sure they are fully compliant.”
From Saturday, Safework inspectors will be out across Greater Sydney, working with businesses to ensure they are aware of the new rules and putting the new procedures in place.
“QR Codes and COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory for Greater Sydney construction sites not occupied by residents and we want to see all businesses doing the right thing. Businesses who are blatantly making no effort to comply with the rules will be penalised,” Ms McCool said.
Safework inspectors will also be out in regional areas to ensure regional operators are doing the right thing.
Under the Public Health Orders the NSW Police are also empowered to shut down Greater Sydney businesses and construction sites they deem to be at risk to public health, so it is crucial that businesses have implemented COVID safe practices.