The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) continues its intensive efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and mitigate its effects in the various industrial cities.
Eng Basim al Zadjali, senior health, safety and environmental health specialist at Madayn, stated that ever since Madayn began its procedures to fight this pandemic, inspection visits to 1855 industrial units have been conducted until last week. “Of these visits, 1456 industrial units were found adhering to the precautionary procedures, while warnings and practice correction notices were issued to 399 industrial units,” Al Zadjali said.
He added that during these inspection visits, Madayn officials aim at disseminating awareness among the workers in the companies and factories on safe and healthy practices at the workplace.
“The visits also aim at applying penalties on the industrial units that are not committed to the procedures. Such violations include the lack of personal protection tools; absence of physical distance between workers, especially those operating in production lines, and during rest areas; units that have not considered exempting employees with medical conditions and pregnant women; invalidity of temperature measurement devices with inaccurate readings; and insufficient quantities of hand sanitisers at the workplace,” Al Zadjali pointed out.
The inspection visits included the issuance of violations and closure of industrial units that did not adhere to the precautionary measures as well as the closure of units that violated the decisions of the Supreme Committee on COVID-19. Taking these into consideration, 15 industrial units were closed, and violations were filed for 13 units until the end of last week.
Al Zadjali noted that Madayn, in cooperation with Oman Investment and Development Holding Company (Mubadrah), carried out sterilisation and disinfection operations for 197 industrial units in addition to sterilisation operations that included all the administration buildings in the industrial cities, Knowledge Oasis Muscat and Al Mazunah Free Zone.