The first phase of stakeholder engagement on improving the implementation of the Required Testing Order is coming to a close, with the final piece of this phase being an interview with marine pilots.
A number of issues have been identified through the engagement which Maritime NZ and the Ministry of Health are turning into a work programme. These include:
- An alternative to deep nasal testing for those who are regulary tested;
- Identifying all people who board a ship;
- Improving processes for New Zealand workers who stay on a ship over night;
- Developing consistency around supplying clearance of a ship to shipping agents.
There has also been additional engagement on a proposal portal, aimed at simplifying the process for employers and workers to be able to maintain the status of high risk workers, and notifying those workers when tests are due.
A Proof of Concept process has commenced with Wellington MIQs and it is expected to continue to roll out across the country to interested employers post POC updates.