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Latin American Governments Offer Mining-Specific Measures for COVID-19

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Latin American Governments Offer Mining-Specific Measures for COVID-19

As COVID-19’s impacts are felt across the globe, governments have responded with measures to promote public safety. Some countries have developed sector-specific guidelines to deal with the pandemic, and Argentina, Colombia, and Peru have released mining-specific protocols. The following are key elements in the guidelines from these three mining nations.

Argentina

In response to the pandemic, Argentina’s Ministry of Productive Development published a range of measures that should be employed in the mining sector, which includes:

  • Ensuring active workers have a “certificate of clearance” for COVID-19.
  • Practicing self-isolation to avoid spreading the virus to nearby communities.
  • Working with supply contractors to identify risks, minimize disruptions.
  • Using regular and accurate communication to disseminate new developments.
  • Collaborating with and supporting local authorities and communities where possible.

Colombia

Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and Ministry of Labour, jointly released a list of measures meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the mining and energy sectors, which includes:

  • Monitoring employees’ temperatures, along with identifying and isolating infected individuals.
  • Recording workers who live with high-risk or vulnerable people and their travel and contact history.
  • Establishing disinfection protocols for work facilities and equipment.
  • Providing hand-washing stations for workers.
  • Using operational schemes, such as flexible shift patterns.
  • Providing mental health support for workers.

Peru

The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines enacted a ministerial resolution approving a protocol for implementing measures to reduce the spread of COVID- 19 among people who work at mine sites. The protocol includes:

  • Using signed, sworn statements from workers regarding potential symptoms, illness, or contact with an infected person.
  • Physically examining workers, including temperature measurement.
  • Using isolation and social distancing measures.
  • These measures were followed by a more detailed and mandatory health protocol for all employers, workers, and contractors in the mining, hydrocarbon, and electricity sectors.