São Paulo, 27 de March de 2020
The Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE), the entity that represents the production sectors for protein meal, vegetable oils, and biodiesel, the basic and essential inputs that must continue to be produced amid the spread of coronavirus, announces that its members are taking special steps to mitigate the risks of contamination and dissemination in their operations. These steps were adopted to ensure that the production and supply of food and biofuels are not interrupted, thus meeting the demand of the Brazilian population and international markets amid the pandemic’s global advance, and to guarantee the safety of the direct and indirect workers of their industrial units.
Steps to sanitize the various environments
• Constant offer of sanitizers in the common areas.
• Reinforced sanitization of environments, furnishings, machinery, equipment, instruments, and vehicles.
• Enhanced ventilation, both in the environments and in the means of transportation.
Steps for individual protection
• Implementation of all hygiene, health and safety instructions published by the Ministry of Health and related entities, such as:
o Proper and frequent hand hygiene.
o Mandatory use of masks, gloves and sanitizers for the workers on external lines who are in direct contact with suppliers and customers and for those using the collective transportation provided by the companies.
o No sharing of personal objects (cups, cutlery, pens, mobile phones, computers, etc.).
o Avoidance of physical contact and greetings.
Steps to prevent agglomerations
• Maximum reduction in the number of workers at the plants and in administrative and support areas, adopting home office procedures wherever possible.
• Implementation of alternating shifts for workers who are essential for the continuity of operations.
• Maintenance of workers in the same teams, sectors and shifts.
• Cancellation of domestic and international trips.
• Cancellation or postponement of both internal and external events, meetings and training that require the participant’s presence, keeping only those that are mandatory and with reduced numbers. These activities will occur through available telecommunication platforms.
• Suspension of secondary activities and projects that are not decisive for the immediate continuity of operations.
• Closure of recreation and games areas.
• Lunch hour rotation to avoid peak periods in the cafeterias.
• Organisation of shifts to use changing rooms and other collective areas.
• Ban on receiving external, non-essential visitors in the industrial units.
• Replacement of biometric systems for accessing the industrial units and stamping timecards, with systems that do not require contact with equipment or placing sanitizers near the electronic timecards.
• Availability of duly equipped health professionals in the industrial units.
• On a daily basis, all workers have their body temperature taken before they enter the industrial units.
• Medical screening of workers returning from holidays.
• Leave of absence from the physical units for workers in risk groups, orienting them to have the flu vaccine available through the recent federal government campaign.
• Immediate leave of absence for workers with symptoms or suspected COVID-19, even if just present in a family member, to start social isolation.
Steps for orientation and awareness
• Large-scale information campaign for workers, through training, distribution and availability of digital and printed material, based on orientation from the Ministry of Health, to raise awareness and boost understanding of preventive measures.
• Worker awareness so they take the same steps outside the work environment.