ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety – UPDATES
UPDATE – Friday 1st April 2022
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The following changes were announced by the Prime Minister on 23rd March 2022. The Omicron outbreak has now peaked, or is about to peak, in most of the country. This, combined with high vaccination rates and reduced risk of reinfection for those who have recently recovered from COVID-19, means that the government is easing some COVID-19 restrictions over the next few weeks.
ScreenSafe anticipates a wider revision of the COVID-19 Protocols, with the next review of the traffic light settings scheduled for 4thApril 2022. However, for the time being, please note the below changes.
The key changes are:
No Requirement to Use QR Codes
From 11.59pm on Friday 25th March, the requirement to scan a QR Code before entering a business ended. From this time, businesses were freed of their obligation to display a QR Code poster (although businesses may still display a QR Code if they wish to do so). People are encouraged not to remove the COVID-19 tracer app from their phone just yet in case it’s needed in the future.
No Requirement to Use My Vaccine Pass
From 11.59pm on Monday 4th April, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass.
- The Vaccination Passport sections of the Protocols will no longer be relevant. If any productions choose to use any sections of it, they must undertake a health and safety risk assessment, along with any other relevant legal assessment, to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating against workers within the workplace.
- A Production must undertake a Covid-19 health and safety risk assessment to ascertain if there are any roles within production that require vaccination. A risk assessment might identify that some work can only be undertaken by a vaccinated employee for work health and safety purposes – for example, where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 at work is higher than it is in the community, You should follow WorkSafe’s advice and guidancein respect of how to conduct a health and safety risk assessment, and may also wish to seek independent legal advice.
Worker Vaccine Mandates
From 11.59pm on Monday 4th April, vaccine mandates will be removed from the education sector, police and defence force. For the time being it will still be in place for health & disability workers, aged care workers, corrections workers and border/MIQ workers.
Note: After a robust health and safety risk assessment and worker consultation, businesses may be able to voluntarily introduce workforce vaccination requirements but it must be appropriate to the workforce. As above, for guidance on how to conduct a health and safety risk assessment, WorkSafe’s website is a good place to start.
Mask Wearing is Still Crucial
Although use of QR Codes and Vaccination Passports are being phased out, it is worth noting that proper use of face masks is one of our best tools for fighting this virus.
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Check the covid19.govt.nz for more details.
More information here and updates to come.
Review of the ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols for the Traffic Light System – updated 4th February 2022
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols for the Traffic Light system guidance – updated 4th February 2022
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Standard – updated 18th January 2022
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Traffic Light System Levels
Vaccination Passport Productions Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 4th February 2022
Non-Vaccination Passport Productions Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 4th February 2022
These documents need to be read and utilised together. These documents are intended to give Production Companies and HOD’s guidance and forms to manage Covid 19 on a working production.
Surveillance Testing information sheet here updated 14th December 2021
Each production is required to register with ScreenSafe – please read about these requirements carefully in the Protocols.
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Department Roles – updated 20th December 2021
It is now mandatory for any business or service to display the QR code for the tracing app at all entry points. Download your posters here.
The World is in the grip of a pandemic with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
New Zealand has initiated measures to mitigate the effects of the virus which may affect the productions you are working on or are about to start.
IMPORTANT: keep yourselves, your family and your fellow workers safe.
Here is the NZ Government website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Protect Yourself and Others – avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
Stay home if unwell or have a temperature of 38+.
Healthline Team 0800 358 5453 – if you have arrived from overseas and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Government Helpline 0800 779 997 – if you are unsure what support is available, don’t know who to contact for help or would like more information.
Please note – the ScreenSafe H&S Standard and Protocols can be used by the Screen Sector as minimum standards and guidelines for planning your return to work and return to shooting.
To be clear – each Production Company and Production can draw on these documents, but must create their own individualised Health and Safety Plan and Site plans that are particular and unique to their requirements and to each site on which they intend to shoot.
The Protocols in particular must be viewed as a living document – they have been developed to support and assist you in eliminating or minimising the risk of exposure for all personnel to Covid-19, and in meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety Workplace Act 2015 – however, each Production Company and PCBU must have their own procedures in place to manage this risk, and must work to continually assess and manage the risk of infection transmission, both across the production and at an individual level.
The Protocols will be reviewed regularly as all PCBU’s assess and manage their operations and how these protocols work in practice, from crew to talent to producers.
*WorkSafe New Zealand has assessed this guidance and
is satisfied that it meets their expectations for management
of COVID-19-related risks in the workplace.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION on Coronavirus
New Zealand Government Information
Ministry of Health Information
Ministry of Education Information also provides links to information in other languages from the Ministry of Health.
Your Mental Health and Financial Well-being
Safe To Talk https://1737.org.nz/about/index.html
New Zealand’s national mental health helpline. It is free to text or call this number 1737 anytime to talk with a trained counsellor.
This takes you to a pdf that discusses financial stress and lists contact information for various support groups and agencies.
WINZ – Accessing the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy for the Screen Sector
If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, WINZ may be able to provide financial support. You may be self-isolating at home, or your work may be affected.
This is the fact sheet for financial support as announced by the NZ Government on Tuesday 17th March.
This takes you to the form for financial support as announced by the NZ Government on Tuesday 17th March.