Meralco sets health protocols for employees


The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has prepared return-to-office protocols to ensure the safety of their employees as it is important  that there are enough personnel to keep the lights on 24/7.

One of the power distribution firm’s health protocols is a daily health check, where employees are required to state their health status and prior travel history. There is also a 24/7 COVID-19 hotline to provide online medical consultation to employees.

Other measures done are the disinfection of offices using Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation room sterilizers and disinfectant vaporizing equipment, cleaning and disinfection  of air conditioning units (ACU) and air handling units (AHU). Ultraviolet lamp installation at individual ACUs and AHU cooling coils are also being undertaken to further improve  ventilation and ensure safe indoor air quality in offices. To enhance this further, high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and air exchange blowers shall be installed in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

There will also be flexible working arrangements and a rapid test will be done for employees required to be on-site.

“For collaboration, online meetings are now the new normal. Group gatherings continue to be

discouraged and strict building entry protocols such as temperature and medical screening, as well as hand and shoe sanitation, are in place. Local and foreign travel remains to be discontinued as well as cross-site physical interaction. Training programs have also shifted online for continuous employee development,” the power distribution firm said in a statement.