For the past 13 months, the Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil - INB has taken several actions that have as main goal the preservation of the health of all employees, contractors and interns through practices that help in controlling the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in company premises.
The actions taken meet the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health and other government agencies. The decisions also took into account the maintenance of operations and the security of the facilities, as well as the continuity of compliance with the license conditions in the units, but seeking to reduce the company's activities to the strictest extent so that it is possible to reduce the physical presence personnel on the premises.
Among the measures adopted, there is a waiver of attendance at the workplace for employees over 60 years of age, with chronic diseases, pregnant women and lactating women. This group considered at risk has developed its activities remotely. The others were instructed to work on a relay scale, attending the company in accordance to the guidance of the Executive Board. The percentage of employees working at the site is updated periodically according to the development of the local pandemic scenario.
The activities in the company were reduced to the minimum necessary - the home office regime was adopted whenever possible - but they will not be paralyzed, considering that INB falls within the essential public services established in Decree No. 10,282, published by the Federal Government in March 20, 2020.
Among the new procedures adopted are the measurement of temperature, using laser thermometers, the distribution of fabric masks acquired from local seamstresses, the cleaning of common areas with sodium hypochlorite and the alteration of the arrangement of tables and chairs in cafeterias, respecting the space of one meter of distance between them. Soap sinks and alcohol gel dispensers were installed at strategic locations in the factories. Frequent asepsis of the hands is encouraged. The maximum capacity of buses that transport employees to the company has also been reduced by half. Taxis were hired to transport the surplus, if necessary.
Three testing campaigns have already been carried out among employees, outsourced workers and interns from all INB units, with more than 5,000 rapid tests. The number of cases in the company is below the infection curve in Brazil.
A Central Crisis Office was created internally with the objective of promoting coordinated action and drawing up guidelines for disease control. During the Coronavirus pandemic, visits to all INB units and to the INB Space, an information center located in Caetité/BA, were also suspended.