Director of Social Policy and Corporate Communications of Metalloinvest Management Company spoke about preventive measures applied at the company's enterprises in connection with the situation with coronavirus.
Julia Borisovna, hello.
Today we’ll talk about an important topic – the prevention of coronavirus infection at the enterprises of Metalloinvest. What measures are being taken now?
Today, we are faced with a situation that no one has ever encountered, and to ensure a production regime in such a complex constantly changing situation is our first priority. First of all, this, of course, is the protection of our employees. Every day we study, study the best world practices and see what we can do to make our team feel calm and confident.
First of all, this is the use of antiseptic agents, which need to be processed hands, face. Although the mask mode has not been introduced, we provide our employees with respirators and masks in the right amount.
This is today a particularly difficult task. Our subsidiary, TAIT, suspended the sewing of workwear and completely focused on providing our teams with masks.
We are currently working on the issue of providing families of employees with masks, disinfectants.
All vehicles that transport our employees undergo mandatory sanitization.
We have slightly changed the work of our canteens, we are trying to maintain the distance of one and a half meters that WHO recommends to us. We spread the tables, but, of course, without the personal responsibility of everyone for maintaining the distance between people, we will not be able to provide this
Once again, I urge all employees, all our colleagues, please make sure that the distance between you is not very close.
Since April 1, on the recommendation of Rospotrebnadzor, alkoframes have been disabled at our enterprises. Indeed, we heard quite a few comments.
And we understand that this introduced an additional nervous atmosphere into the team. For us, the peace of mind of employees is the most important thing. It is important to ensure that everyone can feel calm and confident.
But at the same time, we understand that the issue of industrial safety is, of course, primary for us. We will conduct selective breath testing at the entrance to the enterprise, there will be an additional burden on our medical facilities.
We organize special raids with a check for alcohol vapors. This is a protective measure, which, of course, is needed by the whole team. Although it must be admitted that with the temporary suspension of the work of alkoframes, additional responsibility and burden falls on the whole team, on the leaders.
It is important for us to ensure that in today's difficult environment we are confident that the basic requirements for industrial safety and labor protection are strictly observed.
Additional measures are needed in crowded places, for this we additionally purchased air recirculators.
How effective is this equipment and is its use safe?
They are absolutely harmless to humans, but allow us to carry out additional air disinfection.
After all, as we know, although the information is quite contradictory on all sides, but still the infection is transmitted by airborne droplets. Therefore, air disinfection is also one of the priority areas for us now.
What measures are still being taken in this direction?
The main measure, of course, is our entire sanitary and epidemiological treatment. This simple remedy is the constant washing of hands that everyone needs to observe.
Here we, unfortunately, cannot influence anyone. But we understand that our employees also feel the whole atmosphere that has developed, and I am sure that we have already realized this need.
All those employees who most often have contacts with people, we, of course, provide them in the first place. Today it is gloves, and masks, and glasses.
What is the current situation with seasonal incidence at the company's enterprises?
Today, we are practically at the level of 2019. We do not have an increase in the incidence of SARS and other respiratory diseases.
The growth is about 3-4% compared with the same period of 2019, which is the norm for statistics.
We continue to actively collect data, we monitor this at each of our enterprises, but we see that the incidence, which we are very pleased, is at the same level.
The plants are vaccinated annually. Do these measures somehow affect the incidence rate?
In today's environment, we overestimate a lot in our lives, and we also have a different view of the importance of vaccination that we have been carrying out all these years.
The Sanofi Pasteur French products with which we vaccinate our employees are the best today.
Vaccinations, both against influenza and tuberculosis, today create that antibacterial layer for people. For 6 years, we have vaccinated 16% of our employees, which is already a very important barrier for the prevention of the disease for us.
About 500 people were vaccinated at each enterprise. We will continue this program. We understand that this is another measure that the Company takes to take care of its employees.
What can each employee do in addition to the measures taken by the Company?
In this environment, it is primarily important for us to maintain production, and this responsibility lies with the whole team, with each of us.
Each employee must take care of himself, his own compliance with sanitary rules. We must all together form the contour that will allow us to minimize contacts.
That is, colleagues and family should enter the circuit. And our route today is home-work-work-home. We provide maximum disinfection here at the production sites.
Also, we will now help each employee so that he provides the same at home. I think everyone is responsible for this.
The issue of responsibility is especially acute today, because everyone’s behavior is the health of the employee himself, the health of relatives and colleagues.
Everyone should think about how to help relatives of the older generation. Well, we have already let go of our employees over 65 years old, realizing that it is better for them to maintain a home regime.
We also release pregnant women. And we will think as much as possible about how to protect our teams, how to maintain a working calm environment at our production sites.
We are certainly in constant close contact with our medical staff. As part of the socio-economic partnership, we work with administrations in all areas: Kursk, Belgorod, Orenburg.
Together, we are developing the relevant support measures that the Company can provide to medical institutions in cities and regions.
A package of measures is now being developed, we will try to do everything to help and to unite together to ensure a normal life in all areas of the Company’s presence.
A separate, very important area today is a stable supply chain. All enterprises of Metalloinvest are included in the list of backbone organizations that are approved by special order of the Government of the Russian Federation.
But at the same time, we understand that our suppliers must also work systematically. Now we are doing everything to ensure that supply chains are not violated and our enterprises are provided with everything necessary.
Julia Borisovna, thanks for the detailed information. Good luck to you. Take care of yourself.
Thank you, take care of yourself, too.
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