The WA Government have announced changes to testing and isolation requirements, new protocols for positive COVID-19 cases and a revised definition of a close contact.
These changes apply from Tuesday 8 February 2022.
There are a number of different protocols for different situations. This communication will focus on those most relevant to NECA members and their work environments.
c) On Isolation day 7;
A close contact is now defined as:
Electrical workers (EWs) are considered essential workers in both the Building and Construction and the Critical Resources, Power Utilities and Waste Management categories of the Government’s recently released definitions.
As essential workers, EWs may be given an exemption from the isolation rules and be allowed to continue to attend work if they are a close contact of a COVID-positive person, provided they show no symptoms and wear a mask. However, they must also undertake a RA test every day for 7 days and register a negative test each day.
If they show symptoms at any stage, they will need to go into isolation and obviously if they test positive, they must also go into isolation.
Please refer to Diagram 3 in the government’s COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Protocols Guide for more details about critical workers.
There are a number for different protocols regarding the various situations in which you may need to isolate
Click here to view an explanation of the self-isolation protocols for close contacts.
NECA WA recently circulated a communication to Members regarding employee leave as it relates to COVID-19 isolation and testing. That information can be found here.
'Casual contact' will no longer be classified, however if you develop symptoms for any reason, you must undertake a PCR test and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. RATs are only to be used in this situation if access to a PCR test is not available. However, if you take a RA test rather than a PCR test, you must record two negative tests over a two-day period to leave isolation.
If you have any further questions regarding these new rules please give us a call on (08) 6241 6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: This summary is a guide only and is not legal advice.