The Association of Indonesian Mining Experts (PERHAPI) held an online sharing session on Wednesday (8/4). The theme raised this time is related to "Covid-19 Impacts and Prevention Strategies in Mining Operations". Speakers on the agenda included Director of PT J Resources Asia Pacific, Tbk (PSAB), Edi Permadi with the Director of Engineering and Environment of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sri Rahadjo and the Head of Mining Engineering from PT Arutmin Indonesia and PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals.
Edi, who was the second speaker after the Director of Engineering and Environment of the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal, Sri Rahadjo, emphasized a number of practical things that mining companies can do in the midst of this pandemic. What he said was also what had been done in all PSAB subsidiaries, including at PT J Resources Bolaang Mongondow (JRBM). Edi admitted that the Covid-19 pandemic was new and that almost all mining companies had no experience dealing with it. "This virus is very extreme and aggressive in its spread," said Edi.
Therefore the first thing to do is to recognize the character of this virus and how it is spread. In the midst of this very open information flow, Edi reminded to remain selectively filtering information. In addition it must also continue to monitor the development of updated discoveries to overcome the spread and how to handle them. "Who would have thought that some time ago we got information that it turns out that the spread of this virus can also be through aerosols in air-conditioned rooms. So then there is an obligation to always use a mask, "explained Edi.
At the mine site, according to Edi, in addition to special operational standards related to the existing HSSE, there needs to be some additional standards or new rules. "The additional rules are more related to the prevention and handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of them are already in the Circular of the Director General of Mineral and Coal on Prevention and Handling of Covid-19 issued some time ago, "explained Edi. PT PSAB has taken several anticipatory steps since January 2020. His party is well aware that this pandemic will be a big enough challenge that it is necessary to develop several scenarios. For employees who work at the head office in Jakarta, from mid-March they are determined to work from home.
But for those who work at the mine site there are certainly exceptions according to the mandate of the Government. The mining and mineral sector is one that is allowed to continue carrying out its activities. Edi then mentioned several practical steps. Starting from mapping the profile of the worker, starting from his medical history, place of origin, family conditions and the scope of interaction. This mapping must be done every day. Company management is expected to have data on the health of workers and also their families. Even have to know the situation of the area of origin, whether there is already an ODP, PDP even positive Covid-19. "This is important because employees are the most important assets of the company in its operations. They must get optimal protection, "said Edi. After that, operational activities need to consider several recommendations such as social distancing or now it is more directed to physical distancing. This should be applied starting from the time the bus enters the queue, on the bus, off the bus, at the check point and when absent. All must keep their distance because this nature of the pandemic must not be close together, "said Edi.
Another thing that is no less important is to start a culture of clean living such as washing hands frequently with soap in the right way. As recommended, it washing should 20 seconds. It is also hoped that these habits will not only be transmitted to employees but also to families. Because if there are family members of employees who are ODP or PDP it will certainly affect the company's operations.
Then a routine check of the temperature of each employee is carried out, looking for information on whether there is an employee with a cold or a fever. If there is, then immediately handled by a doctor or company medical staff. The use of PPE that meets the standards. For example in a room required to use a mask. Also be reminded not to rub your hands on your face, eyes, mouth and nose.
"All of that must be constantly reminded. We continue to encourage personal hygiene so that it can become a personal and family habit," said Edi. In some places spraying disinfectants are routinely carried out and wiping the door handles that are normally held by workers, including the steering gear in operational vehicles.
Then all public places that have been used for sports and entertainment have been temporarily closed. Worship facilities are also Friday prayers and Sunday services are abolished. Employees are asked to do individually. "Because in these places the potential for the spread of the virus occurs," he said.
Edi also added about special treatment for employees who have an important role for the continuity of operations. "Employees or operators who are very priority in the continuity of operations need special handling such as special accommodations. In fact, they will be isolated for 14 days even until conditions are safe, "Edi said again.
In addition to paying attention to the company's internal affairs, communication with mining stakeholders also needs to be done. Like communication with the Regional Government. This is related to the flow of goods and people. "Not all employees who work in mining companies are local people. There are also those from outside the area, especially from Jakarta, who became the epicenter of Covid-19. This needs to be communicated with the Regional Government so that it does not experience obstacles, "explained Edi.
At the end of his presentation Edi taught the company and also employees at the mining company to have a shared concern to help overcome this pandemic through community empowerment programs. "Corporate Social Responsibility or Community Development and Empowerment (PPM) activities which so far have more social and economic contexts, are now directed to build public health to get out of this pandemic. This is our work together, "he concluded.
Source: Muflihun Hidayat /Tambangco.id
9 April 2020