Mar 25, 2020

Glencore details steps to stop COVID-19 spread

Glencore details steps to stop COVID-19 spread

Glencore has outlined a range of measures it is taking across copper and zinc operations to minimise the spread and impact of COVID-19.

The company said its COVID-19 Strategic Response Team was following a Trigger Action Response Plan which set out response and actions against the situation as it continued to evolve.

Measures include additional health screening for all fly-in fly-out employees and contractors at Ernest Henry mine near Cloncurry.

“Screening is carried out by registered health nurses at Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville airports, prior to the workers boarding their flights,” a company spokeswoman said.

“Workers must pass the screening process, including a questionnaire on their health, recent travel history or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, as well as a temperature check. 

Glencore has also implemented a range of other measures across the Mount Isa and Cloncurry copper and zinc businesses, including developing and implementing a Communicable Diseases Plan, identifying appropriate controls to assist with the prevention and further transmission of COVID-19 and restricting visitors.

Cleaning and sanitising of workplaces has been stepped up, while business travel has been restricted.

The spokeswoman said there was increased use of video conferencing facilities in place of face to face meetings.

“We are committed to keeping our workforce informed and provide regular and timely information about the evolving situation via email, noticeboards, dedicated Intranet information hub, Facebook and digital signage,” she said.

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