- On May 15, 2020, the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) approved the biosecurity protocol for the mining sector issued by the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources (MERNNR).
- The protocol is applicable to mining companies, their contractors and suppliers in order to avoid the spread of the disease within its workers, local communities and those related to the transportation routes of minerals and supplies.
- The protocol is applicable to all phases of metallic, non-metallic and construction mining in artisanal, small, medium and large-scale regimes.
- The operations shall be conducted with a defined number of workers and parties might reach to an agreement in order to extend working schedules.
- Companies shall conduct informative programs for its workers, doctors and staff.
- Companies shall implement a protocol for the detection of potential cases before allowing its workers to enter operations. For suspicious cases, a mandatory isolation protocol must be implemented and communicated to the authorities. For confirmed cases using PCR tests, companies shall inform the authorities and implement a monitoring plan. In addition, companies shall have a record of workers who due to residence or vacation have travelled to provinces with a high number of confirmed cases.
- Mining companies, suppliers and contractors should support, in accordance with their own possibilities, local communities through informative programs, cleaning of public spaces and donation of medical supplies to local health centers.
- ARCOM will be the authority in charge of controlling the compliance of these guidelines and in the event of non-compliance, the provisions established under article 58 of the Mining Law and 95 of the Mining Law Regulation will be applicable, this entails potential suspension of activities.
- The Vice-minister of Mining issued memorandum Nº MERNNR-VM-2020-0096-ME on May 15, 2020 in which he ordered mining companies to submit updated contingency plans and roadmaps in accordance with the standards defined on the protocol. He also ordered these reports to be submitted weekly starting on May 18, 2020.
- The protocols shall meet at least the following minimum requirements:
|Transportation||Transportation of Workers before entering or leave the site||
|Mineral and Supplies Transportation||
|Workers||Workers entering the site||
|During the Operations||Disinfection||
|Health and Safety Measures||
|Food and Supplies||
Disclaimer: This document is informative and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.