Here are some of the measures OZ Minerals is taking to minimise the risk to its people, visitors and sites from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. These efforts also contribute to minimising broader community exposure and delaying the spread of the virus, the company said.
“Our focus is the safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, suppliers and the broader community. We understand the developments over the last couple of weeks and uncertainty of how COVID-19 is evolving can be a stressful time for many of our people. As such, we have expanded leave provisions and an Employee Assistance Program in place to support our people through different situations that may require them to take time off work during this period.
“We strictly enforce and promote all Australian state and federal, and Brazilian government health and disease control measures around isolation, international and domestic travel, and the advice regarding hygiene and social distancing.
The company has in place:
- Company-wide travel restrictions and conditions since mid-February.
- All sites, Australian and Brazilian, currently attended by key frontline workforce only with people working from home where possible.
- Medical facilities at remote sites in South Australia that are capable of initial testing, isolating and contact tracing should someone present with symptoms.
- Changes to rosters and other activities at remote sites to observe social distancing.
- Scenarios developed for South Australian sites to operate with only South Australian-based personnel. These have been activated to effectively manage the recently introduced state government border travel restrictions.
- Conversations with local and small business partners, who play a critical role in supporting OZ Minerals’ operations and people. The company is speaking with them about measures it can take as part of a program to support communities and regional economies during this time.
- Remote/work from home arrangements for almost all people where possible, including its team in the Adelaide corporate office, which is now running with a “skeleton” crew.
- An employee assistance hotline.
- No work taking place in, and closure of sites near remote indigenous communities in Australia, to help protect the country’s most vulnerable communities.
“This reflects the advice of state and federal health authorities. We will update content on this page in line with the advice of state and federal health authorities and as the situation evolves,” the company said.
*Article published in the April-June 2020 issue of The Asia Miner