Residential Construction: guidance for a COVID-19 safe return to work
ACT residential construction works returned on 10 September 2021.
This page will help you understand the mandatory building and construction industry requirements. As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you must meet your obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 as well as meeting COVID-19 Public Health Directions.
There are requirements for the construction industry for working during the lockdown.
1. Understand your responsibilities
PCBUs must follow all requirements of the WHS laws when reopening including both WHS and COVID-19 on site records for worker induction and attendance. This includes management of:
- Site security
- Risks of falls
- Working with electricity
- Risks of silica dust, and
- Working with scaffolding.
Information on Public Health Directions is available on the COVID-19 ACT webpage .
2. Prepare your COVID Safety Plan
All building and construction sites must have a COVID Safety Plan that is regularly updated.
The ACT does not require the use of a standard template for ACT businesses when developing their COVID Safety Plan. This is to help maintain a level of flexibility for businesses.
Not sure where to start?
A COVID Safety Plan template for the construction industry is available on the NSW government website. You can use this as a guide on how to design your COVID Safety Plan.
The COVID Safety Plan includes your plan to:
- Ensure physical distancing and density limits.
- Clean, sanitise and comply with other hygiene activities
- Manage staff presenting with illness
- Check in using the Check In CBR app.
3. Comply with record keeping requirements
In addition to the record keeping requirements under the WHS laws, there are additional record keeping requirements to keep COVID-19 safe including:
- Using the Check in CBR App, and
- Keeping a copy of your COVID Safety Plan.
4. Prepare to implement strict hygiene measures
There are important hygiene measures that must be maintained on site including:
- Physical distancing and density limits. For example, you may use floor markings in common areas or adopt different shift patterns or stagger work.
- Face masks are mandatory on construction sites. Exceptions may apply if the nature of the work being undertaken does not allow for the safe use of a face mask.
- Display hygiene information in prominent locations. Free posters are available on the ACT Government website Signs and factsheets - COVID-19, including appropriate messaging for culturally and linguistically diverse workers.
- Limit the sharing of tools, plant, and equipment. Where sharing cannot be avoided, develop plans to regularly clean and disinfect tools, plant, and equipment.
- COVID-safe use of common or shared areas. All frequently touched surfaces and equipment on site need to be wiped down regularly with appropriate cleaning and sanitising disinfectants.
The ACT COVID-19 website has all the most up to date information for businesses during the lockdown, whether your work continues to be closed, is working under restriction or if it is returning.
This page has information about:
- Work that is allowed and restrictions on working during lockdown
- Authorised workers and work permits
- Business resources
- Frequently asked questions, and
- Construction requirements.
Contact WorkSafe ACT
If you want to report non-compliance with the WHS laws or COVID-19 requirements you can call WorkSafe ACT on 13 22 81 Monday to Friday 7am-8pm and on weekends from 8am-5pm, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to notify Worksafe ACT of a dangerous incident, please use this notification form.
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