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Petroleum, Petrochemical and Gas Sector Protocols

Professionals & Health Workers

Factories

  • Prevent employees at high risk of infection (as per the definition attached in Appendix No. 1) from coming to work, and oblige them to work remotely from home
  • Prevent anyone whose temperature is more than [38 Celsius degrees] or who has symptoms of respiratory infection from entering the factory.
  • Allow buses to transport employees, while forbidding employees who show symptoms of respiratory infection or a high temperature from getting on the buses
  • Determine successive times for the start and end of shifts and times of rest, with 10 minutes apart, except for control rooms.
  • Determine the maximum number of people allowed in each facility within the factory, such as: toilets, and dressing rooms [there must be no more than one employee per 4 square meters].
  • Organize employee seating during lunch breaks, with a distance of one and a half meters between them.
  • Redesign work areas or workstations to ensure physical distancing between employees [for a distance of one and a half meters].
  • Limit the number of people allowed to attend meetings [formal and informal safety meetings and gatherings to no more than 5 people].
  • Maintain a physical distance [of one and a half meters] between employees during meetings.
  • Form sub-teams whose members work together and do not interact with other employees.
  • Fix hand sanitizer stations at entrances and at common areas.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and machinery parts that are frequently touched and regularly shared by employees.
  • Ensure that there are no-touch waste bins, waste should be constantly disposed of.

Warehouses

  • Allow all employees to work inside warehouses.
  • Trade drivers and third-party drivers must wear face masks at all times.
  • Maintain a physical distance of one and a half meters while operating transport service equipment designed for two or more passengers, such as employee’s hoists, hydraulic lifters, etc.
  • Establish timetables for delivery of shipments, to ensure that there is no congestion at delivery centers.
  • Demarcate the boundaries of delivery areas, and limit them to recipients and distributors only.
  • Periodically disinfect forklift seat belts, handles, steering wheels, and machine parts that are touched frequently by employees.

Employee’s residence

  • Provide suitable housing for employees [with an area of no less than 12 square meters].
  • Assign a housing supervisor to enforce physical distancing protocols as much as possible.
  • Allow visitors to enter workers’ accommodation.
  • Perform a daily temperature check upon entering the residence.
  • Sharing tableware or other used utensils is allowed.
  • Disinfect shared surfaces periodically, and ensure a cleaner is present in shared toilets to disinfect once a day.

Implementation

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

Reporting

  • Create a list of employees who work together and their working shifts.
  • Use visual control to identify employees who have been tested and their status [such as: by tracking the QR code for COVID-19] for all employees.
  • 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.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection