PETALING JAYA: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) will be conducting health screening for workers of companies allowed to resume operations during the movement control order (MCO).
Its CEO Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed (pic) said their panel clinics would follow closely the guidelines set by the Health Ministry in conducting these screenings.
“The Socso panel clinics will conduct the tests, but the Health Ministry will set the guidelines on the process of screening and the other measures they will take.
“The advice and decision on using the rapid test kits will come from the Health Ministry, ” he said on Friday (April 17).
He added that the panel clinics would follow basic requirements such as ensuring there was proper social distancing.
On concerns expressed over Socso bearing the screening costs, Dr Azman said this was a measure to protect workers’ health and safety during the Covid-19 crisis.
“This is a national issue. It is unprecedented. We have the Covid-19 virus, and we just want to see that the workers are safe and healthy as that is paramount, ” he said.
It was the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) that raised the issue of Socso bearing the cost.
Its president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor said the workers’ union was “disappointed” and that it “protests the decision”.
He said the funds were meant for the social protection of employees against invalidity, occupational injuries and death.
The MTUC comments followed the announcement by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali that companies that were allowed to gradually reopen during the MCO must adhere to strict conditions.
Employers must ensure all their workers undergo health screening at any of 3,000 Socso panel clinics nationwide.
Companies are also to submit the registration of workers involved in the operations and to ensure the movement of workers is confined to leaving home for the workplace and back.
The companies must also provide thermal scanners and must screen workers for Covid-19 symptoms, with the readings of the workers recorded and kept for at least three months.
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