Mineral resources: in contact tracing first

Mineral Resources has become the first Australian resource company to deploy SaferMe’s innovative Bluetooth contact tracing technology at our sites and offices.

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 presenting challenges in Australia’s eastern states, we have moved quickly to strengthen our response to the pandemic to protect the health and well-being of our people, their families and local communities.

Contact tracing is key to breaking the chains of transmission of COVID-19 through rapid case isolation and management, and quarantine of contacts. The introduction of wearable Bluetooth cards by our staff and visitors automates the process, with each card detecting contact duration when one card is within range of another.

The system takes the guesswork out of contact tracing and will streamline the process of identifying close contacts and activating control measures if a positive case is detected at one of our sites or offices.

Automated contact tracing is just one part of our comprehensive COVID-19 management plan, which includes regular rapid antigen testing for our Perth metropolitan employees, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for our on-site staff and free face masks.

To support the wider resource sector, we have made our PCR testing facilities available to over 60 companies over the past 18 months.

MRL – ​​Commodities Managing Director Paul Brown said:

“MRL has developed a comprehensive management plan to set out clear procedures and actions to prevent COVID-19 from entering our business and allow us to quickly and safely manage cases if it does.

“Contact tracing will be an essential part of our response if we detect a positive case of COVID-19, ensuring that we can keep our employees, their families and our communities safe, and that our operations are running smoothly.

“We have seen an extraordinarily positive response from our staff to all the measures we have put in place to manage COVID-19 so far.

“I am confident that when borders are relaxed, our COVID-19 planning and preparations will ensure that our workforce and our business are well equipped to meet the challenges ahead.”

SaferMe CEO Clint van Marrewijk said:

“Our customers are some of the largest companies in the world – doing their best to protect the well-being of their employees and seeking to ensure business continuity.

“Mineral Resources is a great example of this, and we enjoyed partnering with this project.”