The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for half face disposable respirators. As a result, some industries have had difficulty getting disposable respirators used for protection against dusts and chemicals including silica, asbestos and lead. This extra demand is leading to fake respiratory protective equipment (RPE) entering the Australian market. Please see details and further information here Liverpool and Campbelltown Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales, as well as all 79 LGAs within the State of Victoria, continue to remain as active hotspots for people traveling to Queensland. View the full list of hotspots.
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QRC has just received confirmation that the Premier has announced that 31 LGA’s making up the Greater Sydney region will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot from 1am Saturday 1 August 2020. More details to follow. Liverpool and Campbelltown Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales, as well as all 79 LGAs within the State of Victoria, continue to remain as active hotspots for people traveling to Queensland. View the full list of hotspots.
The Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young today declared from 1am, Monday 27 July 2020, Fairfield City Local Government Area in New South Wales will be included as a COVID-19 hotspot. Liverpool and Campbelltown Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales, as well as all 79 LGAs within the State of Victoria, continue to remain as active hotspots for people traveling to Queensland. View the full list of hotspots.
Discussed: Qld's CHO extending hotspots and border closures, airport temperature testing, Ibis Hotel testing location, repurposing and donation of laptop by member companies still needed by schools, exemptions from hotspots
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) will be moving all temperature checking stations to a central location, effective from the first flight on Tuesday 14 July 2020. The new location is behind the Jetstar automatic bag drop facilities and adjacent to Baggage Carousel 4. Please click here to view a detailed map.
Discussed: Border control between Victoria and Qld, shipping crews, border declaration forms and how to access, temperature testing area in Brisbane airport, DNRME Border Restriction Directive 8 update, COVID management plans
Discussed: upcoming QRC election strategy, avoiding hot spots in Victoria, Brisbane airport temperature testing, saliva testing in Victoria, Biosecurity areas, voluntary shipping codes still being used, border restrictions and requirements for health plans, DRNME updates on guidance
Employment in Queensland’s resources sector has defied COVID-19 impacts to local operations and overseas markets with only a 1 percent drop in direct jobs in the May quarter. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data showed direct jobs in mining moved from 66,331 to 65,337 reinforcing the industry’s role in the COVID-19 recovery would be just as important as it has been through the immediate response.
There has been a surge in demand for P2 respirators for use against airborne pollutants during the recent extensive bushfires and more immediately against the transmission of CoV-SARS-2. This has resulted in an increase of non-compliant respirators entering the supply chain, which has been highlighted by several bodies including SafeWork NSW and WorkSafe New Zealand. Identifying non-compliant products presents challenges for businesses purchasing respirators for their workers, as the processes and checkpoints that provide compliance can be complex.
Discussed: Easing of COVID protocols and guidance document, staff return to work, incoming workers to site, seafarer crews arriving from overseas, lift capacity, remote biosecurity areas, charter flight requirements and other transport arrangements, COVID hot spot declarations, Qld Health site inspections, Qantas update on increased capacity on flights and the FlyWell program