Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has spread from China to many other countries worldwide, including Malaysia, since early 2020. Depending on the severity of COVID-19’s international impacts, outbreak conditions, including those rising to the level of a pandemic, can affect all aspects of daily life, including travel, trade, tourism, food supplies, and business continuity.
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses and operations, every organization needs to set up plans for COVID-19. Any employers and organizations who have not prepared for pandemic events should prepare themselves and their workers as far as possible to worsen outbreak conditions potentially. Lack of continuity planning can result in a cascade of failures as employers attempt to address challenges of COVID-19 with insufficient resources and workers who might not be adequately trained for jobs they may have to perform under pandemic conditions.
While most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover, some experience more serious illness and may require hospital care. The risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40. People with weakened immune systems and diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness. The objective of this document is:
- Guideline for employers and for an organization in setting up a system and plans to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19 at the workplace.
- Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community.
- Be a reference document in dealing with COVID-19.
- To inform Management in various level of operations on the process and procedure required to be in place to communicate, monitor and enforce its practices.
Special Appreciation and Acknowledgement to the following contributors:
- Teddy Sius @ Lawrencius (FMU14 Executive Manager)
- Jeffrey Tendahal @ Jude (OSH Division)
- Johnson Joseph (OSH Division)
- Jeffica Jaihon (Forest Protect Division)
- Lyevivialyne Sopital (Forest Protect Division)
- Aprilecent Suih (Forest Protect Division)
- Syahriah Tibe (Finance and Administration)
- Fredoline Martin (Timber Harvesting Support Services)
- Logiman Gamad (Treatment Centre (Medical Assistant))
- Mary Christine Martin (Treatment Centre (Nurse))
- Joeyce Walter Joseph (MEVD).
Click on the “View Here” to view the Guidelines for Managing COVID-19 in Forest Operation.