Friday 3 April, 2020

Coronavirus: Bauxite company outlines safety measures for staff

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Global aluminium producer UC Rusal, which operates Windalco in St Catherine has announced safety measures in relation to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The company said, in order to ensure the health and safety of all employees, effective March 17 - employees from head office and staff who are not involved in the production process will work from home.

Otherwise, operations will continue uninterrupted.

The company outlined that exceptions will only be made in the instance when the tasks cannot be performed without coming to the office.

“Only those employees whose presence is indispensable to ensure the production is uninterrupted will be present at the production sites,” it was noted.

The company also urged staff who are working from home, not to attend public functions or unnecessarily go to public spaces. Workers on business trips were told to return as soon as possible.

At the same time, the company said it was “doing everything possible to ensure the maximum protection of its staff at all production sites. Additional disinfection measures will be put in place at the sites and all the medical staff have been fully alerted and briefed.”

Evgenii Nikitin, UC Rusal’s CEO said: “The current health situation does not only create a serious challenge for the whole economy but above all, it puts our employees at risk. Our health depends on our quick and clear actions. Only by joining forces will we stand a chance of stopping the virus. Rusal has introduced unprecedented measures across the whole company in order to ensure the uninterrupted production process and to protect our employees”.

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