As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues, many organizations and companies have had to drastically reduce their workforce, or institute new measures to keep their existing employees safe. The government continues to relay new safety measures that they are taking, and to provide guidance on how businesses can keep their workers safe by employing said measures. Adapting these changing safety regulations can take time, which is something that most businesses don’t have. That is where safety software enters the picture. Most companies will have a dedicated occupational health manager, or a team who is tasked with keeping workers safe during this period. But safety software offers some key features that can’t be found in a paper-based system or one that is spread over a plethora of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.
Get to Know Your Safety Software
If your company has decided to take the leap and invest in some much-needed software which allows for pandemic planning, and the creation of individual employee profiles then the first step has already been taken. Most safety software will claim to perform similar tasks but similar and the same are two very different things. Good safety technology will allow for the creation of individual employee profiles, which will give employees access to safety modules, changes in regulations, and most importantly, symptom checking questionnaires at the beginning and end of each shift. As COVID-19 continues to spread, it is extremely important that employees accurately assess any symptoms they may have which could lead to an outbreak in the workplace. Should an outbreak occur, contact tracing can then be done via this technology to see who the employee came into contact with, and hopefully avoid community transmission. Any employee that answers ‘Yes’ to some of the symptoms can immediately be flagged and quarantined in their home. A follow-up questionnaire can then be provided to ensure that the employee is receiving proper care, should they test positive for COVID-19. Essentially, safety technology has the ability to track employee health, and ensure that they are working under safe conditions.
Understanding the Trends
One more facet of excellent safety technology is the ability to create trends for certain incidents, and in the case of COVID-19, outbreaks. While incidents do occur, some trends created by the software may show that there has been a steep rise in certain incidents. That might mean that the proper personal protective equipment is not being worn, or it could mean that a certain shift of workers may need to be retrained to avoid further incidents. Naturally, if an outbreak occurs, this technology allows for easy contact tracing, and the numbers can then be presented to the relevant public health authority for epidemiological modeling to aid in the battle against the virus. During this time, employees want to feel safe and secure at work if they cannot work from home. That means that as an employer, companies and businesses need to show that they are doing everything in their power to keep their employees safe. Sometimes all it takes is the right technology to ensure this.