Mining companies have been asked to step up their coronavirus protections for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers, staff in mining camps and remote and regional resource communities.
Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said though the resources sector is essential to maintaining a strong Australian economy, public safety is the number one priority.
“We need everyone in the community, in business and in industry to play their part,” he said.
The Queensland Government and Federal Government have been engaging with resources companies, discussing FIFO and other aspects of the industry.
“We expect that all companies will continue to improve their operations and constructively engage with stakeholders, including workers and the local councils.”
The Chief Health Officer has asked resources companies to follow the public health protocols issued to date so that workers and communities are safe.
Extra precautions have been asked for workers in camps and those on the move, whether FIFO or drive-In, drive-out (DIDO).
- infection control in kitchens and food preparation areas.
- suitable accommodation for self-quarantine
- maintaining social distancing in camps, including for recreational activities, including outdoor sport
- limiting movement of workers from camps and into the broader community
- no more ‘hot bedding’ to limit contact between employees
- cleaning each room thoroughly between uses, including changing and washing linen.
- avoiding close contact during transport, including reducing the numbers of people travelling on buses and aircraft.
- thorough cleans between passenger loads getting off, and those getting on
- temperature testing at airports for passengers boarding aircraft
- people with symptoms not travelling, and to immediately isolate, and seek medical advice.
- reducing FIFO and DIDO during the COVID-19 to minimise the mass movement of people.
All mines in Queensland have been asked to provide a COVID plan that covers their workers. Companies will be required to submit specific plans to Queensland Health about interstate worker procedures.