Probolinggo - Currently the world is experiencing the same problem, namely facing the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported, the case was originated from WHO information on December 31, 2019 which stated that there was a pneumonia case with unclear etiology in Wuhan, China. Then this case was spreading to cause death in various countries, including Indonesia.
As an effort to deal with Covid-19 in Indonesia, the Government has issued a protocol for handling the Coronavirus. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 case, PT KTI has implemented various rules and measures to prevent the spread of this virus in PT KTI's work environment and applies the 3Cs principle. 3Cs is a preventive measure for the spread of Covid-19 by avoiding 3Cs, namely Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-contact settings.
One of the rules applied in KTI to prevent this pandemic is to require all employees to use employee bus facilities. During the trip to / from work, employees are required to wear masks, maintain cleanliness, and apply social distancing. For this reason, the company has provided cloth masks for all employees and additional employee buses.
After getting off the bus, the employees queued in a distance to have their temperature checked by the Security Team. Those with body temperature above 37 degrees should rest at home and not continue working. Employees with normal temperatures continue to enter the sterilization booth while keep wearing masks and closing their eyes to avoid irritation to the eyes and nose. The sterilization booth uses a kind of liquid that is safe for employees. After leaving the booth, the employees wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and rinse them with running water. This booth rule is also applied when the employees are going home.
In order to achieve optimal Covid-19 prevention, PT KTI’s work environment implements several new rules, namely delaying or even eliminating internal and external training. Those new rules namely: routine meeting agendas are only attended by staffs or if necessary, the meeting participants enter the meeting room in turn.; perform cleaning on objects that are used by many people such as door handles, light switches, telephone handles, etc.; provide a hand sanitizer in every workspace; prohibit smoking in employee smoking rooms and prohibit employees from gathering in public places such as: Dining Room, Rest Room, Mosque etc.; prohibit employees from accepting food from the outside of the company; only accept guests with urgent interests or those that cannot be discussed over the phone; and sterilize all items that enter the security door, such as documents, packages or vehicles.
The efforts set out above carried out at PT KTI’s area to break the chain of the Covid-19 spread. However, on July 6, 2020 there were several employees who were confirmed positive for Covid-19 through the RT-PCR test. Therefore, PT KTI made many improvements by paying attention to suggestions and directions from the District Health Office. For this reason, PT KTI carries out cleaning and sterilization in all work areas and company facilities as well as conducting rapid tests on all employees and work partners at PT KTI’s industrial work environment.
PT KTI will continue to make improvements in handling Covid-19 as a commitment to Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) and hope that the employees and the community will learn from this incident. Thus, they can create new habits according to the health protocols established by the Government.