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‘Covid Control Environment-Certification’ from Rotary, SLSI

The officials after receiving the certification
The officials after receiving the certification

In an innovative move in the backdrop of Sri Lanka crossing 1,800 Covid-19 patients with 11 deaths, top service organization Rotary teamed up with Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) to launch Sri Lanka’s first Certification for a ‘Covid Control Environment’ in Sri Lanka.

The Chairman of the Rotary Dushan Soza said, ‘Given the strong political and policy leadership we are receiving on the management of Covid-19 lethal virus, it is mandatory that service organizations like Rotary which is very strong on project management support the leadership and this is why this project was launched.”

The Director General of SLSI Dr Siddhika Senaratne said ‘We worked right across the lockdown time period on the idea mooted by Rotary for a ‘Covid Control Environment Certification.’ Technically we call it Covid -19 Safety Management System Certification 1672: 2020’ and we are pleased to offer this to Sri Lanka so that we can bring in systems to the new normal behaviour expected to fight the Lethal Virus Covid-19’.”

SLSI is the only entity that is gazetted to develop new systems and develop the quality a conscious environment in Sri Lanka. It is an entity under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation. “We must use the certification to support the export ventures become more competitive,” voiced Dr Senaratne

The Project Director for Rotary: Stop the Spread, Dr Rohantha Athukorala stayed that as soon as the pandemic struck Sri Lanka, Rotary conceptualized a model to support the efforts of the Government, the National Covid Control task force and Ministry of Health.

To communicate the ‘New Normal’ from wearing face masks, social distancing and Hand washing, we tied up with the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Ministry of Sports and secured the top sportsman of Sri Lanka from award winning Youth Olympic athletes like Parami Wasanthi to the fastest man in South Asia Hemasha Eshan together with Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and top international cricketer Angelo Mathew to drive ‘attitude change. There after Sri Lankan Rugger Captain Omalka Gunaratne to also joined the fight against Covid-19,” said Dr Athukorala.

With the Rotary communication campaign getting traction, the best project management organization for service projects- Rotary came on board to with its 2000 Rotarians, 5,800 Rotaractors and 6,000 Interactors to explain the “ New Normal” as specified in the Safety Guidelines’ developed by the MOH, WHO and GMOA. The target recipients included supermarkets, pharmacies, saloons, private companies and Banks. The Rotarians have given the lead by taking the ‘ safety guidelines’ to the market which includes providing hand washing stations to putting up Hoardings across the country said the Rotary District Governor 2020/21 AjIth Weerasinghe.

We must support the President and the key drivers of Covid-19 National Task Force to flatten the curve he said. Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors will support the country fight this Global pandemic that has claimed 400,000 lives and affected over seven million people globally. This project will be a District project from the 1st of July which will cover Sri Lanka and Maldives announced Weerasinghe.

To make this new normal behavior systematic; together with SLSI the certification ‘ Covid Control Environment’ has been developed and launched today and we are proud to mention the award winning Presidential Export Award winning company ‘ Trellerborg’ who is the highest net foreign exchange earning export company is the 1st company to be awarded this certification. May be this might be the first company globally to have this certification said the Project Director for Rotary Dr Athukorala.

Commenting on the prestigious accolade The Managing Director of Trellerborg Sanjay Melvani said “this award is a testimony to the spirit of humanity” that is deeply engraved to the culture of the company”. Trelloborg continued working from the 28th of March and to date has been working due to the high degree of safety protocols that was followed he said.

Trelleborg upped the standard, moving in conjunction with the government’s strictest health protocols to ensure next-to-infallible safety. White cue marks dotted the walkway to enforce social distancing. Sanitization chambers were designed and created in-house, achieving, and surpassing, government regulations. Large posters, cautioning the severity of CV19, stood-watch at nearly every corner. Trelleborg’s team of experts didn’t settle for “ok.” They focussed on the detail with passion to keep the Covid-19 virus away said Melvani.

Elaborating further The Managing Director said as the step one: Trelloborg employees were educated by medical professionals in the reason why washing hands was the pivot to fighting the Covid-19 virusand the nature of the situation and the vital importance of safety. To make it a habit, every morning, the same briefing is given emphasizing the importance of following and embracing the protocols.

Step two: How to keep the immunity up whilst the office and factory spaces were redesigned to ensure distance is maintained between the workers. PHI officials were commissioned to monitor and inspect employee meals, and every worker was and still is provided with health supplements, including 1000 mg of vitamin C daily emphasized Melvani.

Trellerborg becomes the first Company in Sri Lanka to be certified by Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) to be ‘Covid Control Environment’, which is the corporate footprint the company wishes to leave on Earth. May be it’s the first company globally to be certified ‘Covid Control Environment,’ said Dr. Athukorala.


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