Workplace Noise Hazards
Noise arising from the operations of the power plant is one of the occupational health risks which may often be taken for granted but it is one not taken lightly in the company. Every year, all staff who operate in noisy environments at the power plant (excluding staff in office desk-bound roles) are required to undergo an audiometric examinations for early detection of hearing impairment.
Some of the measures to mitigate staff risk exposure to unacceptable noise levels include the implementation of noise control measures at high risk areas and the regular monitoring of noise levels. Work areas and machines with excessive noise are identified and signs are posted at such places to warn staff of the potential noise hazards, highlighting the need to don hearing protectors in these areas. To reinforce the importance of wearing hearing protectors, noise education talks are held on a monthly basis to maintain a high level of awareness on the noise hazards and safety measures that staff should adopt.
Risks of Communicable Diseases to Workforce Stability
Protecting the workforce from the risks posed by the pandemic flu (e.g. H1N1 flu virus) is one of the enterprise risks being identified by the company. The speed and reach in which communicable diseases such as SARS and H1N1 has spread around the world in previous years has shown to us the vulnerability that corporations can be subjected to when such diseases reach pandemic proportions. This is especially so for power generating companies like PowerSeraya which provides the essential service of supplying reliable electricity to fuel the country's needs on a round-the-clock basis.
As such, the company has business continuity plans in place to minimise the spread of pandemic flu at the workplace. Some of the measures that have been incorporated in the business continuity plans include setting out temperature-taking and quarantine/isolation procedures, minimising contact between incoming/outgoing working shifts if required and taking into account social distancing.
During the last outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic flu virus, the business continuity plans were activated and implemented in alignment with the country's alert level issued by the Ministry of Health, Singapore. Temperature-taking procedures were implemented at all entry points of the organisation, measures were established to limit staff's overseas travel and they were educated on the importance of being socially responsible and to observe personal hygiene. A list of pandemic flu clinics in close proximity of the workplace was also identified and communicated to all staff to ensure that they knew where to receive the nearest treatment should the need arise.