This Week In The Market – 02 February 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Drug and Alcohol testing at the market
– Warehouse 5 & 6 parking and delivery
– 2021, International year of fruits and vegetables

Market News
Drug and Alcohol testing at the market

The MMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all Market users.
When individuals are affected by drugs or alcohol, it can influence their fitness for work and can be a contributing factor in workplace incidents and injuries.
All persons entering the Melbourne Market site, must at all times, be fit for duty. 
Market Operating Rules make clear that a person on Market Land must not have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.00%, or be under the influence of prohibited drugs.  

The Melbourne Market has several testing mechanisms in place to support the market’s drug and alcohol policy, these include;Alcohol breathalysers at Gate 1 securityAlcohol breathalysers on the Buyers’ WalkRandom drug and alcohol testing by third-party providersDuring much of 2020, these testing mechanisms were not in place to reduce any risk of COVID transmission. However, as drug and alcohol testing companies introduce COVID Safe measures and COVID risk is reduced, drug and alcohol testing will be regularly conducted again at the Melbourne Market. 

Alcohol breathalysers at Gate 1 security
As part of the induction process, persons without an access card wishing to enter the Melbourne Market must undertake an alcohol breath test.
A person must return a zero-alcohol reading before being able to enter the Market. This includes contractors, visitors and truck drivers without an access card. This process also applies to those who have forgotten their access card and require temporary entry access through the gate 1 security office.

Alcohol breathalysers on the Buyers’ Walk
Alcohol breathalysers are installed on the Buyer’s Walk.
These breathalysers are a tool for business principals and managers to use in conjunction with any alcohol policy individual businesses may have.

The breathalysers on the Buyer’s Walk are fitted with a privacy hood, and any positive alcohol reading on these machines remains confidential. 
If a business principal suspects a staff member is affected by alcohol, these breathalysers can be used as a tool to provide certainty. What each business principal does with the information provided by the breathalyser is up to individual businesses.

Alcohol breathalysers and COVID safety
The manufacturer of the Alcolizer Wall Mount 4 machines (WM4) used at the market have confirmed that the device is COVID Safe and the machines are certified annually as compliant with Australian Standard AS3547:1997.

In addition;

– Units and surrounding surfaces are thoroughly and regularly cleaned multiple times per day.
– Testing straws provided are individually wrapped and disposed of after each use.
– The WM4 will automatically start when the donor begins blowing; there is no requirement for the screen or machine to be touched during testing.
– WM4 units have an internal sample system for analysing the donor’s breath which is protected by a metal case from contact by the donor. Any surplus moisture or saliva is captured and exits the machine via the drain tube away from the donor.

Random drug and alcohol testing by third-party providers

The MMA engage third party providers to conduct random drug and alcohol testing on-site. Any persons who return a non-negative drug or alcohol test result will not be permitted to remain on Market Land and may also be subject to disciplinary action per the Market Operating Rules, including but not limited to being suspended from the Market. You can read more information about random drug and alcohol testing on the market website by clicking here 

TDAA (The Drug Detection Agency) is the provider who has been engaged to conduct random testing. TDAA have a thorough and detailed COVIDSafe Plan in place which includes a modified testing environment with perspex screens (pictured below). Testers will be wearing masks, and there are facilities for hand washing and sanitising. The high-use internal surfaces of the testing van will be cleaned with a bleach-based solution before and after each test.

If you have any questions about the Melbourne Market’s drug and alcohol policy, speak to your business principal or a Market Relations Officer.


What to expect if you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing at the Melbourne Market. 
*This video was filmed prior to COVID-19 and additional safety measures, as outlined above, will also be in place during random drug and alcohol testing. COVID and impacts on Market Operations
There have been no changes to COVID rules or restrictions at the Market in the past week.

However, as seen recently in Western Australia, the situation can change very quickly. Market users are reminded to: Carry your facemask at all times and ensure you wear it when you are unable to maintain social distancing. Remain at least 1.5 metres from other Market users wherever possible Wash and sanitise hands regularlyMarket Relations Officers will continue to issue warnings and suspensions to market users who do not follow social distancing rules.

Detailed information regarding COVID operational changes at the Market can be found at

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Valentine’s Day 2021
Don’t forget to pick up your point of sale material from the Customer Service Centre before Valentine’s Day.
Give your flower sales a boost and display the posters in your retail premises.
As well as florists, greengrocers who stock flowers can take advantage of this integrated campaign which is complimented with social media and radio ads. 

Warehouse 5 & 6 parking and delivery
There are some important things to remember when parking or making deliveries to and from Warehouses 5 & 6. Only road/passenger vehicles are permitted down the sides and behind the warehouses. Trucks or any unloading down the sides or behind the warehouses is not allowed.  This is to allow emergency vehicle access. Any unloading must be conducted from the truck unloading bays located at the front of the warehouses. Each warehouse unit in buildings 5 & 6 is allocated one passenger vehicle parking bay. Each passenger vehicle bay is numbered, so they are easy to find. Make sure your parking permit is clearly on display. All vehicles must display a parking permit while within the Market. Parking permits are transferrable from one vehicle to another. For further information review the diagrams below or speak to a Market Relations Officer. 
Industry News
New seasonal worker agreement made between Tasmania and Victoria


Seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands will be allowed into Victoria under special quarantine arrangements after a deal struck between the Victorian and Tasmanian State Governments was announced on Friday.
Under the deal, Tasmania will quarantine the 1,500 workers for two weeks before they are allowed onto Victorian farms. In exchange, Victoria will take Tasmania’s 330-person commitment for returned travellers in Melbourne hotels.

Click here to read more. FAO launches the UN’s International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021

Welcome to the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has officially announced 2021 will be the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 (IYFV) to improve healthy and sustainable food production through innovation and technology and to reduce food loss and waste.
Click here to read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetables website. Outdoor industry launches first $3M pro bono health campaign with the Australian Government Department of Health

A new healthy eating campaign has been launched by the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) and the Australian Government Department of Health.
It is a $3m pro-bono outdoor campaign that runs for four weeks, to coincide with back to school and “new year’s resolutions”. 
The campaign is part of the industry’s recently launched National Health and Wellbeing Policy wherein advertising of discretionary food and drink products on signs within a 150-metre sightline of a school are restricted. As part of this commitment, the outdoor advertising industry will donate $3-million of advertising space each year to feature targeted advertising campaigns that support healthy diet and lifestyle choices. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job boardForklift Driver – G&M Cammarano and SonsG&M Cammarano and Sons are looking for a forklift driver to deliver produce. The applicant must have a current licence and good knowledge of market.
Hours and pay will be discussed on application.
Stand 716/717. Call Tony on 044551795.

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