What does this approach mean for third-party audit regimes?
Some businesses may be required to have equipment or processes audited or approved by third parties.
The overriding principle is that if the equipment or procedure has been maintained and continues to meet substantive work health and safety requirements, work doesn’t need to stop simply because a certificate cannot be issued due to the constraints imposed by alert level 4. However, PCBUs must actively check to ensure that equipment is safe and compliant. Responsible PCBUs will have been doing this anyway, but they must be additionally vigilant if the regular third party approval cannot reasonably be obtained.
We are currently developing detailed guidance about what this means in practice and will update this page over the coming days with this information.