COVID-19: Updated Building Industry Guidelines (Version 5.1) Released

Published: 22 Jul 2020

An updated version (V5.1) of the Guidelines For The Building And Construction Industry Victoria was released on July 22, 2020 and is available for download.

The updated Guidelines include policies for the following areas:

Face Masks

For building and construction sites, the new advice is simple: you must use a face mask or shield. 
Exceptions such as a medical condition or if wearing a face covering creates a risk to the person related to their work, as determined through OH&S guidelines, are available.


Temperature Testing

The best protection from COVID-19 is to keep it off building and constructions sites. All sites are to undertake a risk assessment to determine if temperature screening is a reasonably practical/suitable control for the site.

More details are available in the Guidelines.


About the Guidlines

The Guidelines were created by the CFMEU along with other relevant unions and industry groups.

The Guidelines provide direction to employers and workers for the steps required to be taken to best provide a safe and healthy environment, and the actions available in the event of interruption to building and construction work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These Guidelines have been adopted and agreed between the unions and the industry associations involved in their development, and incorporate the “Best practice for managing construction sites in the coronavirus environment” issued by the Victorian state government on 29 March 2020.

We have endeavoured to take a whole of industry approach and the Guidelines should not be limited to any particular sector.

>>> Click Here For Download (Version 5.1, July 14)


NOTE: These Guidelines were correct at the time of publication (July 22, 2020). As the situation with coronavirus is changing every day, please be sure to refresh this page for updates and to also check our home page, Facebook page or dedicated portal.