Yesterday the Premier announced the limited re-opening of libraries, leisure centres (swimming pools), museums, galleries, and cafes from Monday 1 June.

We remain concerned with the lack of consultation that occurred at some Councils and Regional Library Corporations when the original shutdowns occurred.

We have been meeting with delegates & HSR’s over the last few weeks to prepare for the easing of restrictions & re-opening of services & facilities.

We must ensure over the next week that members are consulted and that proper risk assessments are conducted before any services or facilities are re-opened.

Yesterday’s announcement does not mean that services and facilities must open on 1 June, only that they can open on 1 June. We must ensure that if they open, they open safely.

Today we are writing to all Councils and RLC’s regarding their obligations to consult with Health & Safety Representatives, delegates, and members.

Delegates & HSR’s should refer to the 6-step plan that was sent out last week.

Each library is unique, and a risk assessment should be undertaken in consultation with staff to identify and mitigate the risks.

As a result of the survey we conducted a few weeks ago and delegate meetings that we have held recently, we have developed a checklist to be used for risk assessments.

This list is a guide only to what questions you may want to ask and will not cover every risk for your library. Click here for the Libraries Checklist.

We will be holding a meeting for Library Delegates & HSR’s today at 12 Noon to discuss this announcement. Please join us on Zoom We are arranging to increase our Zoom limit to 300, but as we are currently limited to 100 please only Zoom in if you are a Library Delegate or HSR or if there are no Library Delegates at your council.

Please share this information with all HSR’s in your workplace.

For further information please contact your Organiser or
ASU Member Contact Centre |

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