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Mining Sector Protocols

Professionals & Health Workers

Mines, quarries and factories

  • Workers at high risk of infection(as per the definition attached in Appendix No. 1) must be prohibited from working and obliged to work remotely from home.
  • Anyone with temperature exceeding 38 degrees Celsius must be prevented from entering the factory.
  • Prohibit the transportation of individuals who might be infected with other passengers.
  • Encourage workers at greatest risk according to Appendix A to work remotely from home.
  • Provide onsite workers with fabric masks or whatever covers their noses and mouths.
  • Provide approved alcohol sanitizers.
  • Vehicle capacity must be limited to 50% and must be always disinfected.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least twice a day.
  • When changing workers’ shifts, disinfect parts of machinery that workers might share and touch (such as handles and touch screens).
  • Stop using fingerprint attendance system.
  • Ensure the availability of non- touch waste bin and schedule waste collecting oftentimes to be disposed of regularly.
  • Provide workers with transportation with the application of standards of physical distancing, and disinfection of vehicles after every use.
  • Allocate different doors for entry and exit.
  • Allow one-way stairs only.
  • Establish stations to record attendance or inspection, to manage workers entrance to workstations / production areas.
  • Implement strict procedures to control access to the site, and prevent all unauthorized visitors.
  • Times for food or prayer breaks, and shift beginnings and ends must be alternated with a gap of ten minutes in-between. Control rooms are excepted.
  • Determine the maximum number of people allowed to be in every facility within the factory, such as: toilets, dressing rooms. Every 4 square meters must be preserved for one worker.
  • Organize workers’ lunch seating area with distance separating them (prevent them from facing each other, reduce the number of workers sharing the same tables while maintaining a distance of no less than one and a half meters between them)
  • Re-design work areas / stations to ensure sufficient distance between workers (for a distance of not less than one and a half meters)

Warehouse

  • Maintain social distancing (one and a half meters) while operating mobile service equipments designed for two or more passengers, such as worker hoists, hydraulic scissor Lift, etc.
  • At the end of every shift, disinfect lifts’ safety belts, handles, steering wheels, and other machinery parts that workers might share.
  • Encourage employees at high risk according to Appendix A to work remotely from home.
  • Monitor entry and exit records to manage entry to the work site.
  • Establish timetables for shipments’ delivery to ensure no congestion occurs in delivery centers.
  • Delimiting the boundaries of delivery areas, and limit them to recipients and distributors only.
  • Ensure that commercial / third-party drivers can access the cargo areas only. Limit their contact with the working crew.
  • Commercial / third-party drivers must wear face masks at all times.

Employees Residence

  • Commit to the health requirements for workers housing according to the regulations approved by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
  • Appoint a supervisor to impose social distancing and prohibit usage of non-essential areas and social activities.
  • Visitors must be banned.
  • Employee movement within the residence must be in alternation to limit unnecessary contacts, such as at mealtimes, and upon entering the facilities.
  • Prohibit sharing tableware or other daily used utensils.
  • Work clothes must be taken off and washed immediately upon arrival home or returning to camp. Take a shower after every shift.
  • Social distancing must be applied in all shared sites.
  • Perform daily temperature checks when entering or leaving the residence.
  • Increase disinfection frequency of shared surfaces (twice a day at a minimum), and ensure a janitor is available to disinfect shared toilets after every use.
  • Regularly wash sheets and clothes (for example once a day)

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 Tawakkalna application.
  • Prepare a detailed daily record of workers movement’s and their health status, including the list of workers whom are in quarantine.
  • Prepare a list of the workers shifts and it’s time.
  • Provide an isolation room to be used when needed
  • In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 infection amongst workers, protocols approved by Weqaya Center, the Ministry of Health, and the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control must be applied.

Implementation

  • Adhere to all directives issued by government authorities, including the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs
  • Assign on-site protocol manager to ensure the application of protocols.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety training on COVID-19 for the entire workforce, including contractors.
  • Place noticeable signs at entrances and in common sites, to clarify health and personal hygiene instructions, and display latest news and updates related to Covid-19.
  • Conduct random and scheduled inspection rounds to ensure protocols are followed.
  • Provide a helpline available around the clock, and encourage employees to come up with innovative ideas, and to share their comments and questions.
  • Announce the new measures and changes to established protocols.
  • Integrate health and personal hygiene topics into the mandatory training.

Workplace

At entrances

  • Encourage employees at high risk according to Appendix A to work remotely from home.
  • Check the temperature of all employees, and prohibit anyone whose temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius from entering.
  • All employees must wear fabric face masks or whatever covers the face and nose when entering the workplace, and use them through the whole time there.
  • Install hand sanitizers at entrances and require workers to disinfect their hands before entering the site.

At Work Site:

  • Minimize meetings and limit the number of attendees to the minimum essential workers only. Ensure social distancing (distance of one and a half meters), and follow established social protocols.
  • Regularly disinfect all frequently touched surfaces (example at the end of every shift), and disinfect all equipment’s before / after use.
  • Install a non-touch trash and waste bin, and schedule waste collecting times to be disposed of regularly.
  • Maintain the recommended social distancing (1.5 meters) at all times within the site.
  • Avoid spitting at the site
  • Do not exchange personal items (personal safety equipment, telecommunication devices, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, clothes, personal care products, and towels).
  • Minimize changing rooms’ space to maintain the recommended social distancing (one and a half meters), and to ensure no mixing of personal items in lockers.
  • Allocate different paths for employees’ movement on the site.
  • Use on floor stickers to direct and maintain social distancing (one and a half meters), and prevent congestion (such as in loading / unloading areas, and waiting lines at the entrance / exit).

Employees Residence

  • Visitors must be banned.
  • Employees movement within the residence must be in alternation to limit unnecessary contacts, such as: at mealtimes, and upon entering the facilities.
  • Prohibit sharing tableware or other daily used utensils.
  • Remove and wash work clothes upon arrival at home or return to camp, and take a shower at the end of each shift
  • Social distancing must be applied in all shared sites.
  • Daily temperature checks when entering or leaving the residence
  • Increase disinfection frequency of shared surfaces (twice a day at a minimum), and ensure a janitor is available to disinfect shared toilets after every use.
  • Regularly wash sheets and clothes (for example once a day)

Transportation to work

  • All employees must commit to social distancing when waiting for transportation to the site.
  • Follow the latest transport sector protocols.

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 Tawakkalna application.
  • Prepare a detailed daily record of workers’ movement’s and their health status, including the list of workers who are in quarantine.
  • Prepare a schedule of workers shifts and it’s times.
  • Provide an isolation room to be used when needed.
  • In the event of a confirmed COOVID-19 case amongst workers, protocols approved by Weqaya Center, the Ministry of Health, and the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control must be applied.

Implementation

  • Assign an on-site protocol manager to ensure the application of protocols.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety training on COVID-19 for the entire workforce, including contractors.
  • Place notacable signs at entrances and in common sites, to clarify health and personal hygiene instructions, and display latest news and updates related to Covid-19.
  • Conduct random and scheduled inspection rounds to ensure protocols are followed.
  • Provide a helpline available around the clock, and encourage employees to come up with innovative ideas, and to share their comments and questions.
  • Announce the new measures and changes to established protocols.
  • Integrate health and personal hygiene topics into the mandatory training.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection