Alert Level 3: our response to COVID-19

As New Zealand moves to Alert Level 3, here's what Boffa Miskell’s working environment will look like from Tuesday 28 April.

Although our physical offices will remain closed to all visitors, our team will continue to be fully functional and working from home, as we have been successfully under Alert Level 4.

The move to Alert Level 3 means that we will be able to conduct some out-of-office activities, such as:

Restarting fieldwork and site visits

Under Alert Level 3 we can undertake some fieldwork and site visits, noting that there may be some limitations because of those restrictions. We understand that requirements will vary from project to project, but our intent is to complete as much of this type of activity that we can; while keeping safety as our priority.

If a project requires fieldwork or a site visit, the project manager will discuss how we can safely progress that project under the current restrictions. This will include requesting updated health and safety information for the site itself. Additionally, if clients require fieldwork or a site visit to be done, we are available to help.

Health and Safety Procedures

We’ve developed new health and safety information for our team, outlining how they can manage the risks associated with COVID-19 when working outside of their home environments. In doing this work, we’ve drawn upon resources provided by WorkSafe New Zealand, as well as the New Zealand COVID-19 V&H Construction Protocols.

In preparing a plan specific to each site, we’ll be thinking about the changes needed to the way we would normally do things. This will ensure we’re maintaining the integrity of our team’s “bubbles” and keeping them and others safe. Amongst other measures, we’ll be deploying minimal people, carefully planning transport arrangements, and ensuring that sufficient protocols have been put in place onsite. These plans will be subject to an internal review prior to any fieldwork or site visits commencing.

As part of our response planning to Alert Level 3, we’ve enlisted the skills of our GIS team to develop a tool that enables our team to record key information about their work activities away from their home environments, via their mobile phones. This includes journeys they’ve made by car, and any contact they’ve had with others.

We’re working hard to make sure projects can move forward safely during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a Partner or Project Manager.

28 April 2020