SOP for construction works during the MCO 2.0

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Kuala Lumpur, 1 February 2021 – During the Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0, all operating permits must be obtained from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) through the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) MITI. The contractor is required to prepare the following information/documents at the construction site to be reviewed by the authorised parties:

  • Name and value of the project
  • Project location (GPS coordinates)
  • Details of the officers in charge
  • Director of the company
  • Project superintendent
  • Chief coordinator
  • Centralised Labour Quarter (CLQ) management
  • Project implementation schedule
  • Number and list of employees of the main contractor
  • Number and list of subcontractors and their employees
  • List of suppliers of building materials and the materials to be used
  • List of heavy machinery suppliers, names of operators, licenses and machinery to be used
  • List of consultants and employees
  • Records of employee movement and health checks
  • Pledge of commitment to CIDB

The contractor/employer must also comply with the operating hours guidelines set by the local authorities. The project superintendent is responsible in ensuring that the operation complies with the SOP completely, as well as in controlling the movement of workers in and out of the construction site. Workers must bring a valid pass and they are not allowed to move from one construction site to another.

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To minimise the risk of virus transmission, the employer must ensure that workers on-site do not make contact with the locals. As such, the employer must also provide the daily needs of the workers on-site. If workers stay in a CLQ, the employer needs to provide transportation to commute from the CLQ to the construction site. Workers’ movement in and out of the CLQ is not allowed without permission and the daily needs at the CLQ will also be provided by the employer.

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For the screening, both RT-PCR (Rapid Test Polymerase Chain Reaction) and RTK Antigen (Rapid Test Kit) are accepted. The screening is mandatory for all foreign workers. In terms of fees, for Social Security Organization (SOCSO) contributors, the employer only needs to pay for the service charged by the clinic. The Antigen test kit will be supplied by SOCSO. For foreign workers who are not SOCSO contributors, screening costs will be borne entirely by the employer.

Source: CIDB