Alert: Notifications and correspondence during COVID-19 restrictions

We are operating at reduced capacity due to the COVID 19 Alert Level Two requirements. Find out more about how to correspond and notify us during this time.

Under Alert Level 2, many more businesses and organisations are returning to work. Many industry groups are preparing guidance to assist businesses to return to work, or support changes as a result of the move to Alert Level 2.

While the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community remains, the move to Alert Level 2 reflects the risk is lower.

Those businesses and organisations resuming work for the first time need to think about how to work differently to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For those already operating, now is a good time to revisit the approach you already have in place.

More information is available here about what to think about relating to operating safely at Alert Level 2

Links to industry guidance 

Many industry groups are preparing guidance to assist businesses to return to work, or support changes as a result of the move to Alert Level 2.

The below is guidance WorkSafe has reviewed and deem suitable based on meeting the below criteria:

  • responsibilities and leadership
  • worker engagement and participation
  • COVID-19 hygiene principles
  • hierarchy of controls
  • developing a plan.

Alert Level 2 industry guidance 

Disclaimer

The above guidance that is linked from this website has been developed and published by industry and is linked from this website for the convenience of industry members. WorkSafe has assessed this guidance to ensure it covers the key matters that WorkSafe expects to see in information about managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace. However, WorkSafe has not assessed in-depth the adequacy of the guidance given.

WorkSafe does not accept any responsibility or liability to you, whether in contract, equity or tort, or under any other legal principle, for any direct or indirect losses or damage of any kind arising from use of any guidance linked from this website. 

This includes any action taken as a result of reading, or a reliance placed on WorkSafe as a result of having read, any part or all of, the guidance. Without limiting the above, you are advised that: 

  1. The information provided is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity.
  2. WorkSafe makes no warranties, guaranties or undertakings as to results that may be obtained from use of the guidance linked from this website. Information provided is not professional or legal advice. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying solely on any information in this document. 

The information provided is not in substitution for or in any way an alteration to the laws of New Zealand or any official guidelines or requirements.

Level 3 industry guidance 

Under Alert Level 3 businesses permitted to resume operations needed to have a COVID-19 safety plan setting out how they would operate safely.

Because the COVID-19 crisis is so serious WorkSafe endorsed suitable industry-owned COVID-19 Alert Level 3 guidance.

This was to give New Zealand business confidence that the guidance meets our expectations for managing COVID-19-related risks in the workplace.

Alert Level 3 endorsement only applied to industry-specific guidance describing protocols dealing with COVID-19 related workplace risks.

Endorsement was determined by assessing the guidance’s approach to:

  • responsibilities and leadership
  • worker engagement and participation
  • COVID-19 hygiene principles
  • hierarchy of controls
  • focus on Government-determined controls
  • developing a plan.

This measure is our response to an unprecedented global situation and recognises collaboration across industries and Government to protect businesses and their workers.

The COVID-19 guidance also had cover both MBIE and Ministry of Health (MoH) requirements.

Note, this it is not a shift from our business as usual approach to endorsement which we maintain as it is critical to preserve our regulatory integrity and only endorse products we can stand behind.

Endorsement disclaimer

Endorsement is subject to this disclaimer which must be published alongside the document.

WorkSafe does not accept any responsibility or liability to you, whether in contract, equity or tort, or under any other legal principle, for any direct or indirect losses or damage of any kind arising from use of this document. This includes any action taken as a result of reading, or a reliance placed on WorkSafe as a result of having read, any part or all of, the document.

Without limiting the above, you are advised that:

  1. The information provided is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity.
  2. WorkSafe makes no warranties, guaranties or undertakings as to results that may be obtained from use of the document this endorsement applies to. Information provided is not professional or legal advice. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying solely on any information in this document.

The information provided is not in substitution for or in any way an alteration to the laws of New Zealand or any official guidelines or requirements.