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COVID-19 safety requirements

CBH COVID-19 status

All sites 

COVID STATUS:  AMBER 

Based on declining community transmission of COVID-19 cases and the easing of some State Government restrictions, CBH has transitioned all CBH locations in Western Australia back to the ‘Amber’ Response Level.

We continue to operate in line with State and Federal government requirements. All our sites have the following measures in place:

  • Contactless road and rail operations including contactless deliveries at our sites or fertiliser sites
  • Office based teams working 50 per cent capacity from home
  • Regular testing protocols for employees and contractors
  • Segregation between shifts at ports and sites
  • Increased hygiene measures

Note: A change to CBH’s COVID STATUS will enact changes to the COVID-safe protocols and measures that we ask all staff, contractors, growers and visitors to follow. The change in status will be communicated via this website page, and in CBH’s Down the Line e-newsletter, and other external channels where appropriate.  

COVID-19 site and office entry requirements

The State Government has put in place mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for various industries deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of business and function of the community.

The State Government Directions that apply to CBH employes, contractors and deliverers (growers and transporters) are listed below: 

Therefore, CBH is required to follow the Government’s instructions on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and has decided to make the vaccination a condition of entry to all CBH sites and offices.
As a result, anyone who visits our premises including employees, contractors, growers, transporters and visitors, are required to comply with the Government’s directions by ensuring that they have received their first vaccination by 31 December 2021, double vaccinated by 31 January 2022 and have received their third or booster vaccination within one month of becoming eligible. To find out when you are eligible, use the Roll up for WA calculator

The health and safety of our employees, contractors, growers and communities is our highest priority. Having a fully vaccinated workforce will ensure we are best placed to protect our team and communities and will put us in the best position to operate the WA grain supply chain in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Other site requirements 

If you are a grower or transporter transporting grain to or from a CBH site:

  • Use the CDF App for all your harvest deliveries
  • Before going to a site, check the COVID STATUS on this page for any site-specific protocols
  • Do not enter a site if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), you are required to be in self-isolation or quarantine due to being deemed a close contact with case, or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Follow signage and CBH staff instructions at all times.

If you are visiting a CBH site or office:

  • Read and follow the procedures outlined in the CBH COVID-19 Safety Notice
  • Register upon arrival with your site contact and complete the relevant contact tracing information.
  • For fertiliser collections, please follow the instructions of staff on site at all times and as outlined on your booking confirmation.
  • Contractors need to be registered and current in SitePass.
  • Visitors should discuss any COVID-specific requirements with their CBH contact prior to visiting a site.
  • Visitors should not enter a site or office if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), you are required to be in self-isolation or quarantine due to close contact with case, or awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • In the event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case and have recently been to a CBH site, please notify your CBH contact as soon as possible.

CBH has developed plans and procedures relating to COVID-19 with the goal to:

  • Reduce the risk of transmission during the grain delivery process
  • Use technology to communicate, automate and train our people to reduce personal interactions.

During the 2020/21 harvest CBH made use of online tools including the CDF App and implemented innovative solutions like virtual sampling training for harvest casual staff to reduce the risk to our people, growers and transporters during the pandemic.

Our goal is to remain responsive at all times, and keep the supply chain moving as safely and efficiently as possible.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination
- Frequently Asked Questions

Why has CBH mandated the COVID-19 vaccination?

The State Government recently announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for various industries deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of business and function of the community.

Based on the current information available, CBH is included in the Port Worker and Exposed Port Worker (Restriction on Access) Directions (No.2), Building and Construction Industry Worker (Restriction on Access) Directions (No.2”; Critical Businesses Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions; and Public and Commercial Transport Workers (Restrictions on Access) Directions.

As a result, CBH is required to follow the Government’s direction on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and has made the vaccination a condition of entry to all CBH sites and offices.

The health and safety of our employees, contractors, growers and communities is our highest priority. Having a fully vaccinated workforce will ensure we are best placed to protect our team and communities and will put us in the best position to operate the WA grain supply chain in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. 


We are currently receiving and out turning one of the largest crops in history and as Western Australia plans to re-open its borders early next year, CBH needs to be prepared for when COVID inevitably returns to our State. 

Why do I need to be vaccinated?

CBH is required to follow the Government’s direction on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and as a result, has made vaccination a condition of entry to all CBH sites and offices. 

This means anyone who visits our premises including all CBH employees, growers, , transporters contractors and visitors will need to have received their first vaccination dose by 31 December 2021, second vaccination by 31 January 2022 and receive their third or booster vaccination within one month of becoming eligible. 

What if I/one of our employees has a medical exemption?

If you have a medical exemption obtained through the Australian Immunisation Register, or a temporary exemption from the CHO, please email growercovid19@cbh.com.au. 

Are you within your rights?

Yes. These directions will not force anyone to be vaccinated against their will, however they will restrict access of unvaccinated workers, growers, contractors, transporters and visitors to our premises for public health reasons, pursuant to emergency powers exercised by the State Government under the Public Health Act. 

Why can’t I just wear a mask or stay in the truck?

As previously mentioned, CBH is required to follow the Government’s direction on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and as a result, vaccination is a condition of entry to all CBH sites and offices. 

Will you be verifying vaccination certificates?

CBH will not be verifying your vaccination certificates as this is your responsibility. 

By entering onto a CBH site, you are declaring compliance with the Government’s directions. New signage has been installed at site entrances and sample huts to advise growers and transporters that they must be vaccinated and that by entering the premises they are declaring compliance with the State Government directions.

What happens if I’m not vaccinated and enter a CBH site?

If a CBH employee is made aware of unvaccinated growers or visitors at site, they will be advised that they’re not permitted to be on site. If you are a grower or transporter and not vaccinated in accordance with the Government’s directions, you should not enter a CBH site.

Please note: there are penalties for a person to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any of the State Government’s Directions, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for bodies corporate.

Who can I contact if I have an issue?

If you have an issue, please email growercovid19@cbh.com.au or call the Grower Service Centre on 1800 199 083.

Why is COVID-19 vaccination a condition of entry to CBH sites and offices? 

The State Government recently announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for various industries deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of business and function of the community. 

Based on the current information available, CBH is included in the Port Worker and Exposed Port Worker (Restriction on Access) Directions (No.2), Building and Construction Industry Worker (Restriction on Access) Directions (No.2”; Critical Businesses Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions; and Public and Commercial Transport Workers (Restrictions on Access) Directions. 

As a result, CBH is required to follow the Government’s direction on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and has made the vaccination a condition of entry to all CBH sites and offices. 

The health and safety of our employees, contractors, growers and communities is our highest priority. Having a fully vaccinated workforce will ensure we are best placed to protect our team and communities and will put us in the best position to operate the WA grain supply chain in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.  

Do I have to get a booster dose to be fully vaccinated?  

Based on the latest health advice, Western Australian workers who come under an existing vaccine mandate will now be required to have a third or booster vaccination dose by 5 February 2022 or within one month of becoming eligible as part of the Government’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.   

How do I work out when I am eligible for my booster dose and when it’s due? 

To find out when you are eligible for your booster vaccination, use the Roll up for WA calculator.  

Do you have a legal right to do this? 

Yes, this is a requirement of the WA State Government vaccination mandate. These directions will not force anyone to be vaccinated against their will, however they will restrict access of unvaccinated workers, growers, contractors, transporters and visitors to enter CBH sites or offices for public health reasons, pursuant to the State Government’s emergency powers under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA).  

What do I need to do? 

> If you are a contractor that uses Sitepass, you are requested to confirm in the Sitepass portal that any personnel you employ (either directly or indirectly) who wish to enter a CBH premise have provided proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status to you.  

In addition to this, any individual who wishes to enter a CBH premise will need to update their Sitepass COVID Vaccination Status by stating that they are either partially vaccinated by 10am 30 December 2021, double vaccinated by 31 January 2022 and have received their third vaccination within one month of becoming eligible.   

For more information, please download the instructions below this table. 

> If you are a contractor that does not use Sitepass, you are requested to provide CBH with a statement of compliance and a register of vaccinated employees who wish to access a CBH premise. Please email this information to contractorcovid19@cbh.com.au. If there is a change in your vaccinated employees who visit our office after this date, we ask that you provide an updated employee register for your organisation. 

 What if I have a medical exemption? 

If you have a medical exemption obtained through the Australian Immunisation Register, or a temporary exemption from the CHO, please email contractorcovid19@cbh.com.au  

 Will you be verifying vaccination certificates? 

CBH will not be verifying your employee's vaccination certificates as this is the employer’s responsibility. However, you are required to provide CBH with a statement of compliance that any personnel you employ (either directly or indirectly) who wish to enter a CBH premise have provided proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status to you. This will be completed via the Sitepass platform.   

 What happens if I’m not vaccinated and enter a CBH site? 

Any individual who arrives at a CBH premise and is not listed on the contractor’s statement of compliance for vaccination provided to CBH will be denied entry to the premise.   

Please note: there are State Government penalties for a person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any of the Directions, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for bodies corporate. 

I’m not vaccinated, can I wear a mask / physically distance and enter a CBH site? 

No.  Any individual who arrives at a CBH premise and is not either verified in SitePass as being vaccinated or for Perth Office, listed on the contractor’s register of vaccinated employees provided to CBH, will be denied entry to the premise.   

Please note: there are State Government penalties for a person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any of the Directions, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for bodies corporate. 

Why aren’t my apps (Rover, Domestic) working? 

If you have not updated your employee’s information within Sitepass with their vaccination status by 31 December for first dose, 31 January for second dose and required date for third dose, your CBH apps such as Rover and Domestic will not work and will prevent you from entering site. If this happens, you will need to update your COVID Vaccination Status in SitePass. This will automatically enable access to the other applications. 

More information

For the latest information on the government and health response to COVID-19, here are some links to official websites that are providing regular updates: