Sent: Monday, 18 May, 2020 8:10 AM
Cc: Paul Duffy (Parks) <Paul.W.Duffy@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz>
Subject: COVID Alert Level 2 protocols for volunteers
Tēnā koutou katoa
The Government announced that we moved to Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14th May which came as a great relief to us all, no doubt. The good news is that all the sacrifice and restriction as volunteers and conservationists has contributed to the success of ‘flattening the curve’ of COVID-19 cases. This is great cause for acknowledgement and celebration. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
However, volunteering in our Community Parks under Level 2 will look different and this is no time for complacency. Although the virus is considered less widespread it is still present in NZ and an increase in movement, activity and contact has the potential to spread it again, losing the achievement so far.
This is also the longest break from volunteer work that many people have had. We will have to be aware of mindset, physical condition and general health, along with pre-existing health conditions and circumstances within people’s existing ‘bubble’.
The challenges of working differently at this time means everyone needs to keep communications open and honest so that together we can ensure we can operate safely. We need to be mindful of the consequences on the rest of the community of an outbreak.
Health and Safety has always been priority number 1 for us in the Parks space. COVID-19 is a powerful reminder and opportunity to sharpen up on our risk assessments and mitigations to ensure everyone goes home safe. Under Level 2 it will be a legal requirement to adhere to the safety rules, record your Assessments and submit them to your Community Park Ranger before any activity occurs.
You will see attached to this email an updated Low Risk Assessment form including all COVID 19 risks and mitigations according to the Ministry of Health. Group sizing, social distancing, hygiene, PPE, contact tracing are all priority considerations and something we have all become very aware of. I cannot overstate that this needs to be completed and sent to me, your Community Park Ranger (or Team Leader Paul Duffy Paul.W.Duffy@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz , if responding from Wednesday to Friday) before resuming any volunteer activity, whether checking baitlines, weeding bees, litter collections, planting.
Finally, thank you all for your patience and understanding in this unprecedented global crisis. We are not back to normal but hopefully this global ‘reset’ will generate a new more sustainable eco-friendlier normal which you are all crucially part of.
We look forward to seeing you out there.
- Volunteer L2 Safety Plan Checklist
- This checklist is for volunteer groups to review and update their current Safety Plans to manage COVID-19 L2 works.
- Examples of controls of the COVID-19 risks have been provided to assist you in updating your plan to manage these risks on site these may be adjusted to suit your site specific situation.
- As a volunteer group you will need please complete this and return it back to your community ranger to review your updated plan. The Community Ranger will check that you have met the standard needed to re-start works.
- Some volunteers may fall into the vulnerable worker category, please make sure you have managed this risk accordingly and discussed it with your ranger.
- Summary Poster
- Attached is Parks Services official summary of managing COVID-19 risks further details are available from your ranger/contact.
- Current Risk Management Plan
- This is the current Community Parks risk management plan for volunteer works.
- Please take this opportunity to review and update your risk management plan.
- Use the “Volunteer L2 Safety Plan Checklist” to update your existing plan.
Nga mihi nui – Many thanks
Paul Duffy | Team Leader | Volunteering and Programmes
Parks, Sport and Recreation
Auckland Council | Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau
Ph 09 301 0101 | M 021 816897
Bledisloe House, Level 7 North
24 Wellesley St, CBD, Auckland 1010
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