New Zealand's Alert Levels are changing

OSHbox is currently in Level 1

OSHbox is operating under Level 1 along with the rest of New Zealand, except for Auckland who are currently in Level 2.  We are green for go, are able to travel around NZ and visit!


Level 2

What does this mean for Workers and Buisnesses?

Workplaces & Business

At Alert Level 2 businesses can operate if they’re able to do so safely.

Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2:
  • Do everything you can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work — we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe. 
  • COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
  • All businesses can operate if they can do so safely. Alternative ways of working are still encouraged where possible.
  • Talk with your workers to identify risks and ways to manage them.
  • Ask everyone, workers, contractors and customers, with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises.
  • Keep groups of customers at least 1 metre apart, or 2 metres for retail businesses.
  • Keep contact tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction for example workers, contractors or customers. Retail businesses are not required to keep contact tracing records.
  • Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

Level 3

What does this mean for Workers and Buisnesses?

Workplaces & Business

Under Alert Level 3, you are encouraged work from home if you can.

Workplaces should only open if:

  • workers cannot work from home, and
  • workplaces are operating safely, and
  • customers are not allowed on the premises, and
  • businesses can trade without physical contact with customers, for example through phone or online orders, delivery, pick-up and drive-through.

Businesses should not offer services that involve close personal contact, unless it is an essential service, emergency or critical situation.

Supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations can have customers on their premises.

Retail is possible through delivery and non-contact collection at the door, including of prepared food. Customers should not consume food or drink on premises.

If businesses cannot operate safely, employees should not go to work and premises should remain closed.

“Operating safely” means:

  • complying with Alert Level 3 settings in this table, and
  • meeting appropriate public health requirements for their workplace, including for workers (eg putting up barriers), and
  • fulfilling all other health and safety obligations.
*info from covid19.govt.nz

*info from covid19.govt.nz

Working from Home and Mental Health

As of 26th of March we have all found ourselves not just with a new way of working, but living.  What we will be facing for the unforseeable future may seem daunting and anxiety levels may rise.  Remember to be kind to yourselves and allow yourself the flexibility to deal with connectivity issues, system failures and the added pressure of having family distracting you while you attempt to work. 

As New Zealanders, our sense of purpose in our work is strong... We’re wanting to remain dedicated to our work.  We know that there will be an adjustment period - challenges that you would not have to face if you were in a working environment.  

Please feel free to down load the info sheets we have added for some easy to understand tips and guidelines. >>>

 

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