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Contracting Sector Protocols

Professionals & Health Workers

Employees’ residence

  • Check temperature daily when entering or leaving the residence.
  • Increase the frequency of the disinfection process for common surfaces continually.
  • Prevent all unauthorized visitors from entering employees’ accommodation.
  • Prohibit sharing tableware or other utensils used daily

On Site

  • Prevent any employee whose temperature exceeds [38 degrees Celsius] from entering the site.
  • Prohibit transportation of potentially infected individuals with other passengers.
  • All employees must wear personal protective equipment (gloves and face masks) at all times during work.
  • Prevent employees at high risk of infection (according to the definition attached in Appendix No. 1) from coming to work. Specify all queues’ locations and clearly demarcate them to maintain a distance of at least one and a half meters between employees.
  • Designate areas in which employees at high risk of infection (according to guidelines of the Ministry of Health) can isolate themselves and distance themselves from other individuals.
  • Developing a mechanism for flexible remote work, especially for administrators.
  • Ensure spacing between workers (for a distance of one and a half meters) at external work sites. In case of working indoors, [there must be no more than one employee per 4 square meters]. If this is not possible, the task duration must be reduced, and ensure employees are wearing fabric masks.

Lifts, Cranes, ladders, and other equipment

  • Crane drivers must wear personal protective equipment (gloves and face masks) at all times during work.
  • Dispose of or reduce the number of tools that are shared internally by employees (such as, ballpoint pens used to fill in worksheets, shared devices such as drinking water dispensers, etc.).
  • All surfaces in contact with the equipment must be disinfected [periodically throughout the day and at the end of each shift].
  • Ensure that there are no-touch waste bins, and constantly collect and dispose of waste.

Reporting

  • With the continuous screening and isolation procedures that occur according to the approved protocols, (Tawakkalna) application is used to ensure the employee’s health status concerning COVID-19 disease. If the employee’s status is positive or in contact with a positive case, all this will appear at the application, will not be allowed to enter the workplace.
  • The employee can return to work after he completely recovers and checking that by updating his status in the Tawakkalna application.
  • Prepare a detailed daily record that includes the movement of employees and their health status, including a list of employees in quarantine.
  • Prepare a list of employees who work together and their work shifts.
  • Perform randomized, scheduled reviews to ensure compliance with protocols.
  • If a confirmed infection is registered among employees, protocols approved by the Ministry of Health, and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control must be applied.

Awareness and implementation

  • Assign a protocol manager to ensure that the established protocols issued by the competent authorities are followed.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety training on COVID-19 for all employees.
  • Place informative panels at the entrances of factories that demonstrate compliance with safety and prevention measures, and updates regarding COVID-19.
  • Urge employees to provide practical ideas at informal safety meetings, to change work practices, and avoid the spread of COVID-19.
  • Announce new measures and changes to the established protocols.
  • Provide continuous training and reminders of correct behaviors.
  • Use social media, digital screens, text messages, and other channels in several languages (such as: Arabic, English, Urdu, etc.) to raise awareness.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection