Chief Executive updates and FAQ


All Site Safe training and other assurance services have restarted.

The safety and wellbeing of our customers, learners and staff is our utmost priority. We want to let you know what we are doing in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

We'll continue to add regular updates from Our Chief Executive here and any FAQ's.

Site Safe COVID-19 Update - 28 April

As a safety organisation, safety is our number one priority. This means doing our utmost to keep our learners and our staff safe and healthy. During Alert Level 3, we will not be offering public face-to-face training. This is in line with government and Ministry of Education advice designed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Digital Learning

To meet your health and safety needs during Level 3, we have developed a suite of fully online courses. This great new range of interactive webinar-based online courses enables learners to gain or renew their Site Safety Cards (Passports) remotely. We are also working on an e-module option for our foundational training which will be up and running in May. This course is self-paced and does not involve a webinar so learners can complete it in their own time. To keep up to date with our latest offerings, check out our training page.

COVID-19 Industry Protocols

As some of you may be aware, Site Safe was tasked by the Construction Sector Accord to co-ordinate and produce the return to work protocols for how we operate under Level 3 site restrictions. These are available on our website (check out the link below) and because we have the responsibility of keeping them updated as things evolve, you can be assured that they are the latest version. The Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ) website and the members area on Master Builders’ website will also be updated with the latest version. This week work will begin on the Level 2 protocols with the industry working party.

It is important that when you are using the protocols that you use them as a basis for your own site plan. Sites vary hugely in size and complexity and therefore the risks presented also vary widely in scope. Please look at the principles and measures contained in the protocol and consider how you are going to apply them in your specific situation.

Last week we ran a webinar on the protocols which was hugely popular. The webinar was presented by myself, Pete Lockhart; GM Construction & HSE from Naylor Love, and Jo Prigmore; National H&S Manager for Fulton Hogan. In it we sought to answer many of the questions that contractors - both large and small - have on COVID-19 management onsite. The webinar was recorded and is available on our website.

We're Here for You

During Alert Level 3, our team will continue to work remotely, with the limited exception of site audits. If you have a technical question, our health and safety advisors are still available to help by phone, email or video conferencing. Our customer services team are available to support you during our usual operating hours of 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on 0800 SITE SAFE (748 372).

We hope that you, your team and your families are staying as safe as possible. Your safety – and the safety of our people and the wider community – is paramount.

Kia kaha,  

Brett Murray

Chief Executive

Site Safe New Zealand

 

       

Download the COVID-19 Construction Protocols  

Site Safe and the industry have worked together to develop a set of COVID-19 protocols designed to protect our workers, their whānau and the wider community. That's because we want everyone to be able to get back to work as quickly, and as safely, as possible. With input from over 50 businesses, including some of New Zealand's largest constructors, Civil Contractors NZ, the Vertical Leaders Group, Construction Health and Safety NZ, SMEs and unions, the protocols have been endorsed by the Construction Sector Accord and WorkSafe. Please note that this version (2.0) includes the updated distancing requirements.

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 More Online Courses Now Available - Renew your Site Safety Card (Passport) Online 

You can renew your Site Safety Card (Passport) during Alert Level 3 with one of our new online courses. Training and Supervising Workers, Leadership in Safety, Risk Management and Passport Plus - Flexi (Online + Webinar) are all now available online. Check out our training page to stay up-to-date with our latest online offerings. Get work ready now - register now to book your seat.   

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WorkSafe COVID-19 Safety Plan Template

WorkSafe have released a COVID-19 Safety Plan Template to help businesses. It's not compulsory to use but is designed to help you plan and communicate your COVID-19 safety measures with everyone at work - from workers through to contractors and suppliers.    

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Free Member Webinar - Back on Site, Though Not Back to Normal 

Site Safe and NZIOB have joined forces to bring you a series of free webinars. The Back on Site, though Not Back to Normal webinar on April 29 at 12pm, will provide practical suggestions on how to lead teams in a changed environment. To maximise the session, a 45-second survey will be sent to registrants the evening before the webinar, inviting them to share the key issues they faced on their first day at Alert Level 3. These responses will feed into the webinar content. Free for NZIOB & Site Safe Members, $25 plus GST for Non-Members. 

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Watch the Understanding COVID-19 Construction Protocols Video   

If you missed our free webinar on how to apply the COVID-19 Construction Protocols on your site, catch up by watching the video on our website. Some of the industry experts who developed the protocols, Pete Lockhart, Naylor Love’s General Manager - Construction and HSE, Jo Prigmore Fulton Hogan’s National Manager Health and Safety, and Brett Murray, Site Safe's Chief Executive will give you some great tips on how to use the protocols and what they mean for you.   

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Site Safe Covid-19 Update - 17 April

As an industry, we’ve come together to develop a framework to keep our workers, their whānau and the wider community healthy and safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19. That's because we want everyone to be able to get back to work as quickly, and as safely, as possible. 

With input from over 50 businesses, including some of New Zealand's largest constructors, Civil Contractors NZ, the Vertical Leaders Group, Site Safe, Construction Health and Safety NZ, residential leaders, SMEs and unions, the framework has been endorsed by the Construction Sector Accord and MBIE.

It has been developed in accordance with government advice and is designed to sit alongside your usual health and safety controls. 

The framework consists of:

  • an overarching standard with high-level principles that must be adhered to
  • more detailed protocols providing ‘how to’ guidance which can then be adapted on a site by site basis.

The information in this framework should be used to develop a plan specific to your project, site and business risks. The plan can then be communicated to workers and all relevant stakeholders – with the aim of creating a safe and respectful work environment for everyone. 

We need to demonstrate that as an industry we can work safely as no one wants to see us return to Level 4 – and that means the whole of the industry needs to work together on this.

The protocols are a living document which will be kept updated by a working party of health and safety practitioners from across industry. We welcome questions or suggestions about the protocols – just complete the Ask an Advisor form on the website.

The standards and protocols are available for free download here.

Stay safe,

Brett Murray
Chief Executive
Site Safe New Zealand

 

   

      Free Member Event: Wellbeing Webinars in Partnership with NZIOB

Site Safe has teamed up with NZIOB on a series of wellbeing webinars to support members during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar looks at how to stay connected with your staff and create a safe environment during and post COVID-19 lockdown. The webinar will also share real success stories from business owners and the systems they put in place to manage health and wellbeing off and on-site.This event is free for Site Safe and NZIOB members and $25 (plus GST) for non-members.

 
      Tax Relief for SMEs 

The Government's latest $3.2b coronavirus support package includes tax breaks, business advice and help for tenants and landlords. The new assistance is designed to provide relief for small and medium-sized (SMEs) businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, adding to the $20 billion of support already announced. NZ Herald have a series of free videos designed to help business owners through the lockdown which helps to explain these changes.

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      WorkSafe COVID-19 Video from CE Phil Parkes

WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes has some tips for businesses on how to tackle the risks of COVID-19 as well as its approach during the lockdown. There's also some useful information around managing PPE supply during these times of high demand. Worksafe's latest newsletter targeted at the manufacturing and distribution industry can be read here.

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Renew Your Site Safety Card (Passport) Online 

Enrol for Site Safe's first fully online course, Passport Plus - Flexi (Online + Webinar). This course renews your Site Safety Card (Passport) through a two-hour webinar and two online learning modules. We're adapting more courses for online learning soon, so stay tuned for more updates. Get work ready now - register now to book your seat.   

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      Civil Contractors NZ Return to Work Protocols Webinar   

CCNZ are hosting a free webinar to help civil businesses understand the new protocols and how to put them in place on work sites. Hear from CCNZ Technical Manager Stacy Goldsworthy who has been heavily involved in developing the protocols and CCNZ CE Peter Silcock, who will cover off how your business can put the protocols into action. Register now for the webinar on Monday, April 20 at 9.30am. 

 

Site Safe COVID-19 Update - 8 April

In news late last week, the government has announced it’s planning to kickstart the economy by funding a lot of construction and infrastructure projectsand we want everybody to have the chance to hit the ground running when they start. To achieve this, Site Safe has been working hard to adapt some key courses to our new lockdown reality so that people can get their Site Safe training while we wait for things to happen.

Our development team has done a great job of adapting our Passport Plus - Flexi courses so they can now be done completely online. They have always had an online component, but the former classroom section has been replaced with an online “webinar”. What this means is it can be done from home and learners will take part remotely. Organising this has been a mighty effort by our people, particularly our customer services crew, and the first public courses will be kicking off on April 15. Registrations for this course will be opening very soon, and we'll keep you updated on how to enrol. We’re also working on making further courses fully online, so stay tuned for more details soon.

There has been a lot of interest from our Site Safe members and industry in moving to a full online product and we think this is a great way to keep the training levels up. A return to face to face training is our ultimate goal as we believe it maximises the value of our behavioural training but with the future a bit uncertain, we believe these online courses will prove invaluable for safety training and our excellent trainers will make sure all our standards are maintained. For more information call 0800 SITE SAFE (748 372) or email theteam@sitesafe.org.nz.

The current situation is one in which we are all feeling the pain of being unable to work and the loss of income. It is critical that we get construction back in business as soon as possible once restrictions are eased. To do that, we need to be able to give both the government and the public reassurance that we can be trusted as an industry to operate in a safe way and under the restrictions that will be needed for probably quite some time.

A key initiative Site Safe is working on with industry is a set of protocols around the on-site management of COVID-19. It is vital these are ready to go before the government lowers the alert status back to Level 3 and allows construction sites to reopen. The goal is to have a suite of high-level protocols that businesses can align with when developing site-based solutions.

Site Safe has been putting in long hours working with representatives from the vertical, horizontal and residential sectors to work out what these will be to make sure people are kept healthy and the industry can thrive again when we all go back to work.

Stay safe, 

Brett Murray
Chief Executive
Site Safe New Zealand

Free Member Event: Wellbeing Webinars in Partnership with NZIOB

Site Safe has teamed up with NZIOB on a series of wellbeing webinars to support members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar is aimed at leaders, focusing on how to lead your teams and support wellbeing while working remotely. The first webinar will be presented by Kyle McWilliams on April 15 at 1pm. This event is free for Site Safe and NZIOB members and $25 (plus GST) for non-members. 

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Mates in Construction

Mental health support service Mates in Construction have set up a new initiative called the Lunch Room to support everyone in the building and construction industry to come together for a chat and also help you to cope with any feelings of anxiety, stress and worries amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 lockdown. They also have a confidential 24hr helpline for those seeking advice call 0800 111 315 or free text 5353.

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WorkSafe Advice for Essential Businesses

WorkSafe have released some helpful health and safety guidance for businesses that have been classed as essential during the lockdown: Safe work practices to limit exposure to COVID-19 at work mean first assessing the risks, and then implementing the hierarchy of controls, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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Reach Out, Stay Connected: Mental Health Videos and Webinars

One of the recipients of the Kalmar Mental Health and Wellbeing Award at Site Safe’s Evening of Celebration last year, Paul Lynch, has shared a few words about mental health and wellbeing in construction during this uncertain period. Although we don't know what the future holds post COVID-19, we do need to ensure that we are checking in on our workmates, friends and family and that if you are struggling with mental health that you reach out.

The Chamber of Commerce is also offering free webinars on mental health and wellbeing, with tips about how to understand and manage anxiety, fear and worry during this unprecedented social isolation.

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Site Safe AGM Date Announced - September 23

The 2020 Site Safe Annual General Meeting will take place this year on Wednesday 23 September at 7.30am at the Site Safe Auckland office with all members welcome to attend. If you're a member of Site Safe, it's important that you have your say in the future of our organisation. More details will be released at a later date. Please note, should the government announce further restrictions in light of COVID-19, Site Safe may postpone the AGM.

 

Training

Site Safe offices will be closed, and training will be cancelled until the lockdown is lifted. Although our offices are closed, our hard-working contact centre team will be working from their homes, so you will still be able to reach us on our usual 0800 number (between 7am to 5pm) and email addresses. If you are working on an essential project and require a Site Safety Card (Passport), or access to one of our advisors urgently, please get in touch via 0800 SITE SAFE (748 372) or email theteam@sitesafe.org.nz. 

Site Safe COVID-19 Update - 1 April

We hope that you, your team and your families are staying as safe as possible as we enter the second week of the Level 4 lockdown. These are uncertain times for all of us in the industry, and although the shutdown of construction sites has lowered the risk of physical injury, risks to our mental wellbeing have definitely increased for both business owners and staff.

It is really important that we maintain communication with staff, who are probably feeling anxious about their future. For smaller businesses, just picking up the phone and checking in on a daily basis to see how your people are getting on is a great start. For larger businesses, do the same thing down through your management chain. We have provided some links below to resources that you can freely access on our website. We are working hard to do everything we can to support you during this challenging time. We’ll provide you with regular updates with lots of information to help you, and your business, to weather the lockdown so you can hit the ground running as soon as we get the all clear to head back to work. 

Useful information for employers 

  • MBIE have released some helpful information on what is considered an essential service for the building and construction industry during the Level 4 lockdown. If you are still unsure, please contact MBIE on 0508 377 388 or essential@mbie.govt.nz for clarification.
  • WorkSafe have confirmed that they are an essential service and will continue to operate, but with some slight changes to how they usually work. For more information on this, see their Level 4 FAQ page.
  • The government has announced a raft of initiatives to support employers, including wage subsidies, support packages and mortgage holidays for businesses. More information about these can be found here.

We’re here for you 

While our offices are closed, and training is postponed for the time being, our dedicated team are still available to support you with your health and safety needs. Our call centre team are working from home and are available from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday as usual. If you have a technical question, our health and safety advisors are available to help by phone, email or video conferencing. We’re in the process of developing online webinars so that you have the flexibility to fully renew your Site Safety Card (Passport) online. These will be completed over the next week or so, and we’ll let you know as soon as they’re available. 

We have a range of free resources on our website to help you and your team get through the lockdown. This includes information about working from home, mental wellbeing resources and information about our ongoing response to COVID-19. We’re also doing our bit to help workers in the essential services as much as possible – so if you are an essential worker, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll do our utmost to assist you. 

Making the most of the lockdown 

With most of you now off site, there’s opportunity to use this period to upskill and check your training and other essentials are up to date. We’ve created a helpful checklist with some great ideas to get you started. We’ve also teamed up with Master Builders to create an online health and safety portal for Master Builder members. This is now available via the Master Builders Offsite website. In addition, we're looking to collaborate with the New Zealand Institute of Building on providing webinars for continuing professional development. 

Finally, if you need any help at all, please do reach out to us – we’re here to support you.

Kia kaha 

Brett Murray
Chief Executive
Site Safe New Zealand

  

COVID-19: Free Resources and Information

We've developed a range of tools and resources to help your business through the COVID-19 pandemic; including a handy checklist of things you can do from home to help get your health and safety up to speed during the lockdown, tips on how to work from home safely, Toolbox Talks on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and a range of posters and videos, all available for free download from our website. 

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WorkSafe an Essential Service

WorkSafe have been classed as an essential service during the Level 4 lockdown. Find out more about how they'll be operating and their approach.

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Mental Health Resources

Now more than ever, we need to be there for our mates, our colleagues and our loved ones. If you or someone you know is having a tough time, don't be afraid to reach out and ask how they're doing. Our free pocket guide on how to have a conversation about mental health is a great tool to help you get the ball rolling. The Mental Health Foundation also have a page dedicated to getting through the lockdown, with tips to help you get through, a FAQ page and a 24-hour hotline to connect with a trained counsellor - simply free call or text 1737

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How Health and Safety Can Help You Get Through

Site Safe Safety Advisor Rodger Hollins looks at simple steps you can take to support your team during the lockdown, and how a health and safety mindset makes good business sense when planning for the future. 

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Training

Site Safe offices will be closed and training will be cancelled until the lockdown is lifted. Although our offices are closed, our hard-working contact centre team will be working from their homes, so you will still be able to reach us on our usual 0800 number (between 7am to 5pm) and email addresses. If you are working on an essential project and require a Site Safety Card (Passport), or access to one of our advisors urgently, please get in touch via 0800 SITE SAFE (748 372) or email theteam@sitesafe.org.nz. 

 

Site Safe COVID-19 Update - 24 March

 

Following the announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be doing our bit to stop the spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of our learners, our team and our wider community. As of today, Tuesday, March 24, all Site Safe offices will be closed and training will be cancelled until the lockdown is lifted. We’ll be contacting all those learners and companies affected to explain how this will work. 

These are challenging times for all of us, and we appreciate your patience as we all navigate this uncharted territory. Our number one priority is keeping people safe, and we’ll continue to support you, and your business, during this difficult time. As part of this, we’re investigating ways to provide more online learning opportunities such as webinars, as well as other ways to engage with you. We’ll also be taking this time to review all of our resources and update them where appropriate so that we are fully ready to support you as we come through the other side of this crisis. 

We understand that many businesses will be facing tremendous uncertainty around workloads and supply chain issues. We want you to know that we are here to support you, and we’ll be continuing to work with other industry leaders around providing appropriate support and advocacy for our members and clients. 

As we all enter lockdown, everybody's mental wellbeing will become one of the most important considerations, so please check out the resources on our website for more info on how to look after your team’s mental, as well as physical, health.

How to stay in touch 

Although our offices are closed, our hard-working contact centre team will be working from their homes, so you will still be able to reach us on our usual 0800 number (between 7am to 5pm) and email addresses. 

If you are working on an essential project and require a Site Safety Card (Passport), or access to one of our advisors urgently, please get in touch via 0800 SITE SAFE (748 372) or email theteam@sitesafe.org.nz

We’ll continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. In the meantime, please stay safe and please take all the precautions required to keep your team, your family and your community safe. We’re in this together.

Kia kaha, 

Brett Murray
Chief Executive
Site Safe NZ

Training COVID-19 Update - 24 March

Site Safe Training COVID-19 Update – Proud to be Safe 

We’re getting in touch as our records show that you have booked, or are scheduled to attend, a Site Safe course during the COVID-19 lockdown period. 

In light of the recent lockdown announcement, Site Safe is doing its bit to stop the spread of COVID-19, and all our courses will be cancelled and offices closed so we can keep you, and our team, safe and healthy.  

Courses cancelled during lockdown 

This means your course/s will be cancelled (you will receive another email shortly confirming this) and a credit will be issued to the purchaser’s account. This credit should appear by the end of this week. This credit can then be used to rebook once the lockdown is over – we’ll let you know how you can do this as soon as this is possible. 

If you require a Site Safety Card (Passport) urgently, and are working on an essential project, please contact us to discuss how we can help.  

How to stay in touch  

If you have any questions, please get in touch via 0800 SITE SAFE (748 372) or email theteam@sitesafe.org.nz.  

In the meantime, please be safe and please take all the precautions required to keep you, your family and your community safe. We’re in this together.  

Kia kaha,  

The Team at Site Safe

 

What we are doing for customers - 19 March

Here's how Site Safe is updating its classroom practices to keep everyone safe, and help reduce the community spread of COVID-19: 

We are: 

  • Checking in with our Site Safe trainers (Safety Advisors and Learning Facilitators) on a daily basis to ensure they are healthy to train.
  • Modifying our training room sign-in sheets to include a wellness declaration. Any learner who presents a risk will be asked to leave and reschedule their training to a later date, at no additional cost.
  • Ensuring social distancing is a priority between classrooms and during course training sessions. Any new courses scheduled will be limited to 15 learners. We are actively working through currently scheduled courses to reduce numbers and assist with social distancing.
  • Providing learners attending one and two-day courses with individually wrapped lunch items or packs, alternatively learners may choose to bring their own lunch. 

We have:

  • Very thorough cleaning and hygiene processes in place including increased sanitation practices on contact surfaces.
  • Provided hand sanitisers in every classroom across the region. It will be a requirement for all learners entering the classroom to use the hand sanitisers.
  • Provided Site Safe Safety Advisors with hand sanitisers when visiting customers on-site.
  • Prominent COVID-19 signage across Site Safe offices. We’ll also have translated signage in Mandarin, Filipino and Samoan on how to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

We will:

  • Ask learners displaying any symptoms to leave and reschedule their training to a later date, at no additional cost, and when they are feeling well. 

If your business requires any specific training outside of our scheduled course training calendar, please get in touch. We would be happy to discuss alternative delivery options that meet your needs.  

Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to monitor the situation daily and keep you up to date of any solutions which may help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. We'll update this web page with more information and updates. 

We appreciate your patience and support in helping us carry out these practices. Again, we want to assure you that Site Safe is focussed on prioritising the wellbeing of your workers. Please reach out if you have any concerns about your upcoming training, or if there are any other measures, we can take to assure your worker's safety.

Brett Murray
Chief Executive