Mining Sector Protocols

Mining Sector Protocols

Mines, quarries and factories

  • Do not allow new employees who are at higher risk of infection (as per the definition of individuals of higher risk in Appendix A) to come to work and oblige them to work remotely from home.
  • Prevent any employee who has a high temperature (38C or above) from entering the factory.
  • Prevent transporting potentially infected individuals with other passengers.
  • Encourage employees who are at higher risk of infection as per Appendix A to work from home remotely.
  • Provide cloth masks or anything that covers the mouth and nose for all workers on site.
  • Provide approved alcohol hand sanitizers.
  • Use only 50% of the vehicles’ carrying capacity and always clean and disinfect them.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least twice a day.
  • Disinfect machine parts that all workers commonly touch (such as handles and touch screens) [especially when changing shifts].
  • The use of the fingerprint attendance system should be suspended.
  • Provide trash cans and waste baskets that are used with no touching required, and the waste must be disposed of continuously.
  • Provide customized means of transportation for all employees with the application of physical distancing standards and ensure disinfection of vehicles after their use.
  • Designate separate doors for entry and exit.
  • Stairs should only be used one-way either going up or down.
  • Establish stations to record attendance or inspection, in order to control the entry of employees to workstations and production areas.
  • Implement strict procedures to control access to sites and prevent all unauthorized visits.
  • Apply alternating times for the start and end of shifts, meal breaks and prayer times with 10 minutes apart, with the exception of control rooms.
  • Set a maximum number for individuals allowed to be present in each facility within the factory, such as: bathrooms and dressing rooms, noting that no more than one worker should be allowed for every 4 square meters.
  • Organize workers’ sitting areas during lunch breaks to ensure the recommended distance separates them [preventing workers from sitting facing each other and reduce the number of workers who share the same tables while maintaining a distance of not less than 1.5 meters apart.
  • Re-design work areas and stations to ensure the recommended distance between workers (for a distance of not less than 1.5 metered).

The Warehouse

  • Maintain social distancing [1.5 meters apart] while operating the customized means of transportation equipment designed for two or more passengers, such as personnel hoists, hydraulic scissor lifters, etc.
  • Sanitize the forklift safety belts, handles, steering wheels, and commonly touched machine parts [after each shift].
  • Encourage employees who are at higher risk of infection as per Appendix A to work from home remotely
  • Monitor entry and exit records to control entry to the work site.
  • Set timetables for the delivery of shipments to ensure that no congestion occurs in the delivery centers.
  • Limit the delivery areas and restrict them to only allow recipients and distributors only.
  • Ensure that commercial drivers and third-party drivers can enter the work site only to cargo areas and not mix with the workers.
  • Commercial drivers and third-party drivers must wear masks at all times.

Workers Housing

  • Health requirements must be followed in the workers’ housing as per the regulations approved by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs
  • A housing supervisor should be appointed to enforce social distancing and prohibit entrance to non-essential areas and suspend social activities
  • Prohibit visits to workers’ accommodation.
  • The movement of employees inside the accommodation should be organized, such as: at mealtimes, entrance to the facilities to reduce contact between workers.
  • Prevent the share of tableware or other daily used utensils.
  • Workers must remove and wash their work clothes upon arrival at home or back to camp, and shower at the end of each shift.
  • Apply physical distancing mechanisms in all common areas.
  • Daily temperature checks must be taken when entering or leaving the residence.
  • Increase the number of disinfection times of shared surfaces [twice a day at a minimum] and ensure appointing am cleaning worker in shared bathrooms for disinfection after each use.
  • Sheets and clothes should be washed frequently (for example: once a day).

Reporting

  • Prepare a detailed daily record of the movement of workers and their health status, including the list of workers who are in quarantine.
  • Prepare a list with the name of workers who work together and their shift times.
  • Provide an isolation room to be used when needed.
  • If a confirmed case is registered among workers, the protocols approved by Weqaya Center and the MOH must be applied.

Implementation

  • Comply with all directives and guidelines issued by government agencies, 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 an on-site protocol manager responsible for ensuring that all relevant protocols are applied.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety training on Covid-19 for all workers, including contractors.
  • Hang up clear signs at the entrances and common areas, to clarify health and personal hygiene instructions and display the latest developments related to Covid-19.
  • Hang up clear signs at the entrances and public places explaining the preventive protocols for employees, including protocols for standing and queuing areas.
  • Conduct random and scheduled audits to ensure compliance with the protocol.
  • Provide a helpline available around the clock and encourage employees to come up with innovative ideas and provide their feedback and questions.
  • Announce any new measures and changes to the established protocols.
  • Incorporate the health and hygiene practices into the mandatory training courses.

The Workplace

  • Encourage employees who are at higher risk of infection as per Appendix A to work from home remotely
  • Measure the temperature of all employees and prevent any employee who has a high temperature (38C or above) from entering the workplace.
  • All employees must wear medical or cloth masks or anything that covers the mouth and nose when entering the workplace, and they must be sure to use them throughout their stay in public areas at the workplace.
  • Hand sanitizers must be placed at the entrance, and workers to disinfect their hands before entering the site.
  • Reduce meetings and attendance to the minimum; for essential workers only, ensure social distancing (distance of 1.5 meters) and follow the established social protocols.
  • Periodic disinfection of all frequently touched surfaces (after the end of each shift) and disinfection of equipment before/after use.
  • Provide trash cans and waste baskets that are used with no touching required, and the waste must be disposed of continuously.
  • Monitor the application of the recommended social distancing (1.5 meters) at all times within the site (wherever possible).
  • Avoid spitting on the site.
  • Personal items should not be shared (e.g. personal safety equipment, communication devices, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, clothes, personal care products, and towels).
  • Limit the capacity of changing rooms to maintain the recommended social distancing (1.5 meters) and ensure personal items are not mixed in the lockers.
  • Allocate multiple paths for the movement of employees on the site.
  • Use floor stickers to indicate and maintain physical distance (1.5 meters) and prevent crowding (e.g. in the loading/unloading areas and queues at the entrance/exit).

Commuting to work

  • Ensure the commitment of all employees to social distancing when waiting for their commute to the site.
  • Follow the latest transport sector protocols.
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