MB: More than 200 premises ordered to close for violating Covid-19 SOP

Amirudin says from July 13 to Aug 23, a total of 121 factories were found not adhering to the SOP.

A TOTAL of 237 premises in the industrial sector have been ordered to close for violating Covid-19 safety standard operating procedures in Selangor this year.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said Health Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti), Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) and the local authorities conducted checks on 2,457 premises.

“Of the number, 455 were issued compounds for violating the SOP.

“However, this excluded raids conducted by the police and Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH) as we do not have the data,” he said.

He was replying to Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PAS-Sijangkang), who asked about actions taken on Covid-19 infections in industrial clusters.

Amirudin said that from July 13 to Aug 23, the state Health Department raided 220 factories and discovered that 121 had not adhered to the safety SOP.

“The authority ordered 79 premises to close for violating more than three items in the safety SOP and issued compounds to the rest for violating less than three items in the safety SOP.

“The remaining premises checked adhered to the SOP.

“We will continue to check on these premises from time to time,” he added.

Amirudin said 53,571 workers tested positive through Covid-19 screenings conducted at workplaces since July.

“The screenings were done by employers before workers were allowed to enter their workplaces, as well as on employees who had close contact with positive cases.

“The bulk of the positive cases among workers in Selangor comes from the manufacturing sector, which numbered 33,214 cases or 62%.

“It is followed by the service sector with 7,768 cases (14.5%), construction sector with 7,232 cases (13.5%) and commerce and trade sector with 5,357 cases (10%),” he said.

On another matter, Amirudin said 1,500 factories participated in the state’s Preventing Outbreak at Ignition Site (POIS) and Miti’s Safe@Work programmes since the end of last year.

“The programmes advocated measures to prevent a spread of Covid-19 infection such as self-testing among workers, scheduled tests as well as consistent disinfection programme at workplaces and hostels,” he said.

There were some premises, he said, that were careless and led to the spread of the virus.

“In the National Recovery Plan, we have included vaccination as part of the criteria for industrial premises to operate.

“If the vaccination rate of a factory exceeds 80%, they can operate at full capacity,” he said in response to Dr Ahmad Yunus’s supplementary question on the state’s effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further and the reopening of affected industrial sectors.

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