PSS Supports the Extension of the Indonesian Government Policy on Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM) and Focus Internal Employee’s Well-being as Priority

PT Pelita Samudera Shipping Tbk fully supports the Indonesian Government policy on the implementation of the Emergency Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM).

Although PSSI’s line of business is included in the critical sector of logistics and transportation that is allowed to work from an office (WFO) 100%, the Company implemented a 75% Work From Home (WFH) scheme for its employees during the Emergency Restriction.

The 75% WFH policy is excluded if there is work to be done by employees to support the Company’s operational activities, including activities in the framework of services to third party or government, financial documentation, health care while implementing strict, consistent, and disciplined health protocols. For Employee who is WFO, every employee, without exception, is required to conduct antigen tests independently before entering the work area. The Company provides Antigen Abbot Panbio Antigen Nasal test devices. And only employees with negative antigen results are allowed to WFO.

Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test tool is a lateral flow test tool for the qualitative rapid detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Panbio COVID-19 Ag marked CE, has received an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) or Emergency Use List from the World Health Organization (WHO) and has certainly had a circulation permit from the Ministry of Health until it meets the terms of use set by the Ministry of Health. The rapid test of Abbott Panbio Nasal Antigen does not require instrumentation and gives results of about 15 minutes. The Panbio COVID-19 Ag test has been widely used in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The results of a clinical study by Abbott of 585 samples showed that the Panbio COVID-19 Ag test had a sensitivity (positive match) of 98.1% and specificity (negative match) of 99.8% in people suspected of exposure to COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms due to the virus in the last seven days.

Meanwhile, based on data as of July 2021, the realization on the number of employees who have been vaccinated reached 97 employees or reached 91.5%, consisting of 51 employees at the Jakarta Head Office, 36 employees at the Samarinda representative office, 4 employees in Berau, and 6 employees in Kendari. Some of the employees are not yet vaccinated due to pregnancy and some others are still in treatment for illness or in the recovery process. The Company facilitates the provision of COVID-19 vaccine to employees through several cooperations including with the Maritime Occupational Health Center (BKKP) Directorate of the Sea Transportation Ministry of Transportation. This is done to ensure the acceleration of vaccine fulfillment for all employees.

President Director of PSSI, Iriawan Alex Ibarat said “We believe that vaccination is one of the efforts to protect employees by breaking the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in the Company’s environment, while still complied by the application of health protocols in a disciplined manner through 3T (testing, tracing, treatment) and 5M programs, namely wearing masks, maintaining distance, washing hands, avoiding crowds and reducing mobility. In this PPKM period, we focus on internal employee’s well-being as a priority. ”

In addition, since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Company routinely provides antigen swab tests every month and PCR swab tests to monitor the health condition and status of its employees and crew. To provide additional protection, the Company also provides masks, multivitamin packages, hand sanitizer, lunch packages so that employees do not have to go outside the office and provide mica partitions on employees’ work desks to disinfect the room periodically.

The prevention and control of the COVID-19 virus is part of the Company’s Business Sustainability Plan. The Company’s COVID-19 Task Force team, with members from the head office and representative operations offices, regularly holds meetings and conducts strict monitors of all employees, fleets, and crew.


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