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Strict virus-prevention measures in place at CKP power plants, offices to ensure uninterrupted supply  

Mar 25. 2020
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By The Nation

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the spike in inflection cases in Thailand , CK Power Public Company Limited (CKP) has reaffirmed that power plants under its responsibility in Laos and Thailand will continue to generate electricity for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and Electricite du Lao (EdL) at full capacity without any impact from the current situation, said Thanawat Trivisvavet Managing Director.  

Power plants under the management of CKP comprise the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant, Nam Ngum 2 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Bangpa-in Cogeneration Power Plant 1 (BIC-1) and Plant 2 (BIC-2) and Bangkhenchai Solar Power Plant.  

Regardless, guidelines have been issued to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to safeguard the safety of our employees at head offices and power plant areas, both in Thailand and Lao PDR, in accordance with the announcement of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand and the Lao PDR, are listed below: 

The measures earmarked for power plant areas, defined by the company as restricted area with strictly limited access. are not limited to the following.

Whilst working, if any employee has a body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees celsius, fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath, or a cold, he/she must visit a doctor immediately. The entry/exit of third parties, only in case of an emergency and when it is necessary, has to be considered by the power plant manager on a case by case basis. Once approved, a physical examination of the visitor by the power plant doctor must be first conducted. And lastly, all employees must strictly refrain from assembling for any type of activity within the power plant.

The measures for employees including contract employees and regular contractors who work in the company’s area as well as all employees in subsidiary companies are listed as follows.

1. No traveling abroad allowed for either business or personal purposes, and previously approved leave for travel shall be cancelled.

2. In case of employees having obtained special case approval to travel abroad, or in case of any close contact of employees especially family members (living together) who travels back from abroad, employees must report to the supervisor and the Human Resources Department immediately and start to work from home (WFH) for 14 days. In this regard, health reports must be submitted to the supervisor and the Human Resources Department on a daily basis for 14 straight days since the day such employees start WFH. Medical certificate shall also be provided to the company at least 1 day prior to returning to work.

3. In the event that any employee has been in close contact with those infected with Covid-19 and those at risk, such as people who recently returned from abroad, those with travel history or were in areas affected by the ​​epidemic, he/she must notify the supervisor and the Human Resources Department immediately and start to work from home (WFH). Health reports must also be submitted to the supervisor and the Human Resources Department for 14 straight days from the date of notification to work from home.

4. In the event that an employee developed any respiratory illnesses, fever, cough or cold, he/she must notify the supervisor and stay at home or see a doctor immediately. And if an employee in the high risk group is deemed necessary by a doctor to be tested the Covid-19 infection, that person must notify the supervisor and the Human Resources Department immediately.

5. Pregnant employees and those with congenital disease at risk of serious illness must start working from home, if infected. 

6. For those who have been screened and told by the hospital to undergo a Covid-19 test or been informed of Covid -19 infection and require treatment, the company would provide full reimbursement as a special case (In addition to the budget for normal medical welfare benefits which still can be reimbursed as a company’s policy).

7. Employees must disclose all information regarding previous travel records, contacts, or close contacts with Covid-19 patients and keep the company informed.

8. All employees need to refrain from organising and participating in sports and social gathering activities.

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