31 July / Safety Alert

Mandatory Face Coverings in all of Victoria

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This alert supersedes the order that came into effect 22 July 2020.

The Victorian Government has expanded their order for mandatory face coverings / masks across the entire state of.

Everyone over the age of 12 will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four permitted reasons.

This order will be enforced from 11.59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020. People who do not comply will face a $200 fine. 

The Victorian Government has acknowledged that in some circumstances, wearing a mask may be impractical, however everyone is expected to carry a mask or face covering for use whenever practical. More info here.

Why are face coverings now mandatory?

The Victorian Government has made mask wearing mandatory based on the latest health advice and due to the level of community transmission occurring in these areas.

Community transmission is when the virus spreads from person to person locally within Australia and is harder to trace.

The COVIDSafe app helps with contact tracing in these situations. New research has shown that face coverings do assist in mitigating the spread of the virus, particularly in the incubation period or when the virus is asymptomatic.

Types of masks


Surgical Masks



A disposable, layered fluid resistant barrier that medical personnel typically wear in hospitals.

Disposal


These masks should be disposed after 2-6 hours of use, safely into a bin, or immediately after it becomes damp or dirty.

Preferred use


General use outside home when other coverings are not available.

N95 / P2 / KN95 Masks



A thicker mask with a denser filter designed to fit securely around your face. Comes in a range of types with varying degrees of effectiveness, but typically higher degree of particle filtration than other masks.

Disposal


These masks should be disposed after daily use, safely into a bin, or immediately after it becomes damp or dirty.

Preferred use


When undertaking work in high frequency areas or in close contact with other people whilst performing certain work tasks.

Reusable / Cloth Masks



Acts as a physical barrier. Comes in a wide range of varieties and filtration effectiveness depends on how the mask has been made. Multiple layers and 100% cotton are better.

Cleaning


Should be washed after each use in a washing machine. Mask should be replaced when it gets dirty or wet and stored safely until it can be washed.

Preferred use


General use outside the home and preferable to surgical masks as they can be reused.

Other Face Coverings



Such as scarves or bandanas. These act as a physical barrier but are not designed to do so. These are only recommended when no other mask is available. They cannot be worn on site.

Cleaning


Should be washed after each use in a washing machine. Mask should be replaced when it gets dirty or wet and stored safely until it can be washed.

Preferred use


Can be used when no other alternatives are available.

Mask Supplies

Hutchies has been able to procure a range of mask supplies for use at work. These will be provided to all Hutchies’ company members who require them as soon as possible.

A variety of masks have been distributed to sites already. Please contact Candece prior when and if you require more stock.

Reusable masks are also being made and will be sent as soon as they are available. Ideally, when these are ready, each person will have their own set of resuable masks that can be rotated each day so we can eliminate the need for disposable stock. In the meantime, Hutchies has disposable stock available. Subcontractors should procure their own masks for each of their workers but can request some from Hutchies if they require them urgently.

Mask Tips


Cover Up



Make sure your mouth, nose and chin are covered by the mask, leaving no gaps on the sides if possible.

Avoid Touching



Try not to touch the mask while wearing it, or removing it unnecessarily, throughout the day, as it may be contaminated.

Clean Hands



Wash your hands before putting on a mask, and before and after removing a mask. Remote it using the straps only.

Dispose Safely



If the mask is visibly dirty or wet, it should be disposed of safely (do not leave it around), or contained in a zip lock bag until it can be washed.

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26 October / COVID-19

Victorian Premier Media Announcements

Please note this is a public announcement – not an announcement from Hutchies

The following announcements have just been made:

In metropolitan Melbourne, from 11:59pm on Tuesday October 27:

> Construction industry: 100% workforce capacity. Site visit limit on specialist contractors removed. Other additional obligations remain in place. 

> All retail will reopen. 

> Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars will reopen as well.

> In indoor venues, there will be a maximum of 20 people, seated, with 10 people per space subject to density requirements (1 per 4m2).

> In outdoor venues, a maximum of 50 people with one person per two square metres.

> Beauty, personal services and tattooing, provided you can wear a mask, will reopen.

> Outdoor community sport for under 18 and outdoor noncontact sport for adults will recommence as well. 

> The four reasons to leave home will be removed.

> The 25 kilometre travel limit remains in place and the regional metropolitan border remains in place.

> Gatherings will no longer be limited to just two households to can be more than two households but the group cannot exceed 10.

> Weddings will increase to a maximum of 10 people. Funerals will increase to a maximum of 20 mourners.

> For religious gatherings, indoor there will be a maximum of 10 people plus a faith leader. Outdoor there will be a maximum of 20 people plus one faith leader.

In metropolitan Melbourne, from 11:59pm on Sunday November 8:

> 25 kilometre travel limit will lift.

> The metropolitan Melbourne regional border will lift.

> Gyms and fitness studios will open, with a maximum of 20 people per space, one person per 8 square metres.

> Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars will move to an indoor maximum of 40 with 10 people per space, an outdoor maximum of 70 people with one person every 2 square metres.

> Religious gatherings will allow a maximum of 50 people, plus one faith leader, outdoors; indoors will be 20 people maximum plus one faith leader.

> Funerals: 20 mourners indoors; 50 mourners outdoors.

> Indoor community sport, non-contact sport for under-18 and sports capable of 1.5-metre social distancing can operate.

> Indoor pools will open for up to 20 people.

> Accommodation will reopen.

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22 October / COVID-19

Please take the time to review the lists below and if you have been at one of the venues at the time identified, inform your Team Leader and make arrangements to be tested and work from home until you receive a negative result.

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22 October / COVID-19

Latest COVID-19 case locations in VIC

Please note this is a public announcement – not an announcement from Hutchies.

Updated: 22 October 2020

Please take the time to review the lists below and if you have been at one of the venues at the time identified, inform your Team Leader and make arrangements to be tested.

Outbreaks

There are currently a number of cases linked to the Chadstone, Shepparton and Kilmore outbreaks. If you have visited any of the sites, or are a close contact please get tested.

Case alerts – public exposure sites

If you have visited any of the locations listed in the table below during the date indicated for the next 14 days you should:

  1. Watch for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
  2. If symptoms occur, immediately get tested and stay at home while you wait for your results.
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20 October / COVID-19

Dear All,

On the 16th October Version 08 of the COVID-19 Industry Guideline was released (Guideline attached including the note on changes made).

I have attached our updated Management plan and attached copies of the following appendices that have changed which will need to be reviewed and completed as required:

  • Appendix 02 – Site Compliance Checklist also known as the High Risk COVID Management Plan
  • Daily Prestart template with updated declaration. (For those using a sign in device, I have also amended this)
  • COVID Management plan – Section 6 item 10. You must include the name of the cleaning business and contact number you have nominated should there be a positive case on your project.

One change that is Industry specific that is worth highlighting can be found under section 5.1 Fit For Screening please see below:

  • Initial declaration is to be conducted by all workers (this includes any person who attends site), including current and new starters. Each worker must provide a declaration that they to the best of their knowledge:
  • have not been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 14 days, or
  • are not in a period of 14-day quarantine as directed by a health professional, or
  • have not been overseas in the last 14 days, or
  • have not been in contact with anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19), or
  • have not been in contact with anyone who is currently being tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), or
  • do not have anyone in their household who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • If a worker declares any of the above, they will not be granted access to site and will be required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 5 days, prior to commencing work.

  • Once the initial declaration has been made by the worker, ongoing screening (phase 2) should be conducted for every worker prior to the start of their shift, asking to the best of their knowledge:
    • have they been overseas in the last 14 days,
    • have they been in contact with anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19),
    • have they been in contact with anyone who is currently being tested for coronavirus (COVID-19),
    • do they have anyone in their household who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or works in a high-risk industry
    • have they been directed to self-isolate for a 14-day period? (in which case, they must not be permitted to work)
  • If a worker declares any of the above, they will not be granted access to site and will be required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 5 days, prior to commencing work.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you.

Regards,

Candece Frazzica-Kara
HSE Manager (VIC)

Mobile 0411 022 839
Email Candece.Frazzica-Kara@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au 

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22 October / Public Holiday

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21 October / Observation

Ride2Work encourages everyday people to jump on the bike and get active on their way to work.

Currently two thirds of Australians don’t get enough exercise to maintain their health. At the same time, our cities are being choked by traffic. Health and congestion costs are draining billions out of our economy each year. We must do more to get people out of cars and on to bikes. 

Riding to work is one of the easiest and most time-efficient ways to fit exercise into a daily routine. By swapping the car, train or bus for a bike, you can get your recommended daily exercise without having to spend extra time or money at the gym. We promise you’ll be happier and healthier for it! 

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13 October / COVID-19

Latest COVID-19 case locations in VIC

Please note this is a public announcement – not an announcement from Hutchies.

Please take the time to review the lists below and if you have been at one of the venues at the time identified, inform your Team Leader and make arrangements to be tested.

If you have visited any of the locations listed in the table below during the date indicated for the next 14 days you should:

  1. Watch for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
  2. If symptoms occur, immediately get tested and stay at home while you wait for your results.
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9 October / COVID-19

Please take the time to review the lists below and if you have been at one of the venues at the time identified, inform your Team Leader and make arrangements to be tested and work from home until you receive a negative result.

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8 October / COVID-19

Staying Alert

As case numbers continue to fall around the country, it is important to keep up all of the practical step that have been employed since the start of this pandemic. Each person’s individual effort contributes to keeping case numbers low, particularly given that outbreaks are likely to continue in Australia until a vaccine is available.

Part of our collective responsibility is ensuring that we each recognise coronavirus symptoms and get tested if we experience any of these (listed below). 

This is especially important if we have visited a venue or location of concern at the same time as a confirmed case. Each state / territory publishes a list that is updated as outbreaks occur.

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