"We have been mapping from the beginning. As many as 86 percent of SOEs are ready to implement new normal protocols. We will guide SOEs that are not ready to implement the protocols," Minister Erick said during a video conference on Tuesday in Jakarta.
He said in implementing the COVID-19 protocol in the environment of SOEs, his party will continue to strive for a balance between health and the economy.
"The COVID-19 protocol must be balanced between health safety and slowly reviving the economy," he remarked.
The readiness of SOEs to implement the "new normal" protocols is in anticipation of easing of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) by local governments.
Erick pointed out three important features in the application of the 'new normal' protocols, namely flexible work patterns, strict health practices, and technological acceleration.
He added, the protocols in SOEs would be different because they have different businesses.
The implementation of the protocols in the SOE environment is expected to take up to five months because it is not easy to change habits, he pointed out.
"Consciousness is key," Erick said.
Health protocols have been laid down for workplaces, as part of the ‘new normal’, and include ensuring employees are not over-exhausted to help maintain their immunity levels and protect them from COVID-19 infection, the Ministry of Health said earlier.
The health protocols, that would allow businesses to carry on their activities, also encourage workplaces to drop the shift system for workers. Provisions regarding the regulation of shorter working hours are stipulated in the Minister of Health Decree number HK.01.07 / MENKES / 328/2020 concerning Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Office and Industrial Workplaces in Support of Business Sustainability in Pandemic Situations, released in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The decree can be accessed through the link http://sehatnegeriku.kemkes.go.id/baca/rilis-media/20200523/5133951/pencegahan-covid-19-tempat-kerja-era-new-normal/.
In the decree, the minister has also recommended that workplaces do away with the third shift in their system, which begins at night and ends the next morning, if possible.
However, if offices still require a third shift, then, to help reduce the risks, the system would need to be regulated so that those working the shift are mainly under 50 years of age .
The regulation stipulates that company managements establish policies on preventing COVID-19 transmission. The regulation requires managements to continuously monitor and update the development of information about COVID-19 in their area.
Company managements are also required to form a COVID-19 handling team in the workplace, comprising leaders, human resources department, Occupational Health and Safety, and health workers. The teams need to be strengthened by a decree from leaders in the workplace. (INE)
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