PENANG: The majority of new Covid-19 cases are from workplace clusters and they account for a large proportion of total infections in Malaysia. This has led to the closure of factories, offices and businesses, thus affecting production and services, life and livelihood.
Hence, it is crucial that employers, especially local corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), interpret and implement the SOPs effectively. For this purpose, Wawasan Open University (WOU) is hosting an online talk by a notable industry leader who has successfully implemented these very measures at his own factories, under the “WOU Shares: Covid-19 Series”.
The speaker is Dato’ Dr Neoh Soon Bin, the managing director of the Soon Soon Group of Companies, one of the largest food and feed ingredients groups in Malaysia. Dr Neoh who personally leads his group’s Covid-19 taskforce team, will speak from experience about “Covid-19 Mitigation at the Workplace” during an online talk on 1 March 2021, from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.
He will share an effective mitigation plan that applies the principles and SOPs set forth by the Ministry of Health. He will provide step-by-step explanations on how to do close contact tracing and risk assessment of workers, which are two crucial components to prevent virus spread at the workplace and its subsequent closure.
Dr Neoh, who is also a Director of Lam Wah Ee Hospital, with a biomedical research scientist background of over 50 years, will comment on the current pandemic situation in Malaysia and highlight the importance of setting up within each company a high-level Covid-19 taskforce team with clear roles and responsibilities.
In addition, he will give practical pointers on how to treat the air-conditioning systems, and to manage dormitories and transport for foreign workers, canteens, places of worship, factory operations, such as how to change work shifts safely, so as to minimise the virus spread. He will also give tips on how to enhance the awareness, discipline and general health of all the staff.
This free online talk via Zoom is available to limited participants, subject to first-come first-served basis. Those interested can register by scanning the QR code posted on the University’s corporate website, or alternatively follow the talk via Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/wawasanopenuni/live/