RTNMC sets standard for health protocols in adopting to new normal

Strict implementation of minimum health standards and working with different stakeholders has allowed Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) to continue with its operations even with the pandemic situation, the mining company said.

Safety Manager Donjeorge Lozano said that unlike other businesses, RTNMC did not retrench any employees. However, to comply with the health standards implemented by the government, RTNMC made some adjustments, he added.

“Yong mga guidelines na inilabas ni IATF, administrative orders ni mayor na aligned sa national health protocols na ini-implement ni DOH at DOLE sa mga workplace katulad ng sanitizing ng mga gamit ay palagi namin ‘yan ipinapaalala. Hanggang ngayon ay ipinapaalala pa rin namin ‘yan during coordination meetings with contractors (We always remind our employees to strictly implement the guidelines released by IATF and the administrative orders issued by the mayor that are aligned with the national health protocols issued by the DOH and DOLE for workplaces),” he said.

“Unang-una bago sila pumasok, iyong mga bus, may transportation scheme. Noon ay anim lang na trip, ngayon ay more than double ang number of trips para mahatid sila na hindi ganon karami. Pangalawa ay sa walk arrangement, staggered ‘yong pagpasok tapos ‘yong mga nurse ay may schedule talaga sila ng checklist form para makita kung sino ang may sintomas (We are implementing a transportation scheme for our employees who are reporting for work. Our nurses also prepared checklist forms to identify who have symptoms), ” he said.

Aside from existing measures, the safety office also wants to improve other protocols to make it more convenient for employees such as putting a contactless temperature checker which the company plans to set up in all department offices before January ends.

The company also included the dependents of the employees as beneficiaries of multivitamins to at least help them boost their immune system.

Lozano also added that RTNMC sets itself as a model to other companies for its consistency with the compliance and implementation of health standards.

“We already adapted to the new normal. I am positive that even we have the vaccines, we will still strictly comply with the health protocols prescribed by the government,” he added.

Share this article