Selangor to reduce workplace Covid-19 cases with POIS

By BERNAMA / Pic RAZAK GHAZALI

SELANGOR is targeting a 50% reduction in the rate of Covid-19 infection at workplaces, especially in industrial and manufacturing areas, if the Prevention of Outbreak at Ignition Site (POIS) programme is implemented throughout the state.

Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the implementation of the programme is necessary because 80% of cases in Selangor are from workplaces.

“Now, the epicentre of infection in Selangor is from the industrial area which is about 70% to 80%. So, if the factories can mainly follow this programme, I am confident that there will be a reduction in workplace cases.

“This can be seen through POIS which was conducted at Nestlé (M) Bhd factory, where the infection rate there is less than 1%,” he said when met by reporters after launching the POIS programme at Nestlé manufacturing factory. The event was also attended by Selangor Public Health, Unity, Women and Family Development committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud and Nestlé CEO Juan Aranols.

Amirudin said the POIS programme requires employers to carry out strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection, including conducting routine screening of workers at all entrances, reviewing the travel history of employees and conducting regular screening tests.

Amirudin said for now, the state government has not required all employers to register the system, but will look into the suitability in the future.

“It involves a lot of things like licensing and operating permits. So, for now, it is more of a voluntary process and maybe, we will try to be in line with what is available,” he said.

On Jan 6, the Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 launched the POIS programme to prevent and reduce workplace clusters.

Registered employers need to set up committees that formulate emergency action plans, reduce external contacts and ensure all SOPs are complied with.

The POIS implementation initiative involves cooperation of the State Health Department, Selgate Corp Sdn Bhd, local authorities and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers.