Moving to the COVID-19 Traffic Light System
26 November 2021
New Zealand will move into the new traffic light system (also known as the COVID-19 Protection Framework) at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December. This will allow for different parts of the country to operate at either red, orange or green, with differing restrictions for each colour and for those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. To see a summary of the traffic light system, click here.
The government has also released today further guidance for businesses on the traffic light system, which can be accessed here.
Risk Assessment Tool
In addition to the transition to the new traffic light system, the Government has announced a new risk assessment tool to assist businesses in identifying those roles that need to be undertaken by a vaccinated worker. It will be available from 15 December.
The tool is likely to include the following four factors:
At least three of the higher-risk indicators for these factors will need to be met before it would be reasonable to require vaccination for a particular role.
In the tool, the factor relating to ‘vulnerable people’ is defined as people who are:
- Under the minimum age to be vaccinated;
- Medically exempt from being vaccinated; or
- At higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
The Unite Against COVID-19 website has a section that sets out who is at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 and the definition of vulnerable people is based on this definition.
Businesses can still use other health and safety risk assessment processes, and the new risk assessment tool will not override any risk assessments that have already been done.
WorkSafe has provided guidance on how these decisions can be made.
Employers can also require vaccination where a third party has made this a condition (e.g. to access their premises to work). However, just like using the tool, employers will need to work through any potential employment consequences of requiring vaccination for this reason.
CHASNZ Protocols and Webinar
CHASNZ have updated their protocols in preparation for the move into the traffic light system. The new protocols can be found here.
To assist with implementing the new protocols CHASNZ is running a webinar on Monday 29 November at midday. This is a free session to share what is new, the same and different in the updated Protocols. You are encouraged to share this invite with your team and network.
- Gain an understanding of the new Standards and Framework to improve the health of our workforce
- Improve the standard of health and safety performance
- Ensure your site is operating / you are tendering with the correct operations in place
- Provide guidance to best utilise the new Framework
- Who do these protocols affect? Take away the key points to share with your workforce
Don’t worry if you can’t make it or the numbers are full, it will also be recorded and shared afterwards, if people are unable to join.
Vaccination is the biggest protection we have against contracting the virus and serious illness and death. RMBA continues to strongly endorse the Government’s vaccination strategy.
There are still many eligible New Zealanders still to have their first dose, and we strongly encourage our members who are still to get vaccinated, to do so today.
To book your vaccine or find a walk in centre please click here.
To track the DBH vaccination rates please click here.
To track your region’s vaccination rate please click here.
My Vaccine Pass
If you were fully vaccinated in New Zealand in the last 12 months, you can now download your ‘My Vaccine Pass’. For those vaccinated overseas (either one or two doses), your vaccine pass will be available to download in late November.
Information on how to get your vaccine pass can be found here.
General Information about COVID-19
Click here for our last COVID-19 update.
Click here to find out general information regarding this outbreak
Please also continue to check locations of interest and get tested if you have symptoms or have visited a location or suburb of interest.