The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 has forced all businesses to reconsider their operations and introduce unprecedented safety measures in order to protect their workforce as they begin implementing business continuity plans for going back to work. The sooner they can adapt the way they do business to the new requirements enforced by governments and health authorities, the sooner they can recover their pre-pandemic productivity levels and continue their operations unhindered by the risk of mass virus spread within the workplace.
To help businesses overcome these challenges, Boni Global introduced a COVID-19 solution, which includes a set of tools that will help automate and facilitate social distancing and contact tracing in workplaces. The solution works by assigning an anonymous unique ID to each employee/visitor. Using the Bluetooth properties of their mobile phones or wearable devices, each ID number is tracked and their interactions are recorded. Using the recorded data, the solution generates a Social Distance Score for each employee based on their compliance to the social distancing rules and allows them to keep track of their performance and adjust their habits accordingly.
Below is our list of 3 steps that employers can take to protect their workforce during this time of crisis and how different tools included in our COVID-19 solution can help you achieve each step:
1. Keeping employees informed
Mass spread of the virus can only be prevented if every single individual using the work space is educated about how COVID 19 spreads and how they can protect themselves and others from infection. Health officials have stated that the spread of the virus is caused by 2 occurances: having close physical contact with an infected individual or contacting a contaminated surface/object. As the symptoms of COVID-19 can stay hidden, the first problem can only be solved by making sure all employees maintain socially distanced from all of their coworkers at all times and wear protective gear when contact is inevitable. However, especially in larger workplaces such as manufacturing plants and warehouses, it is very difficult to make sure that all employees are obeying the social distancing rules. With Boni Global’s COVID 19 solution, we aim to empower employees to protect themselves and others by warning them whenever they break social distancing with the warning light/buzzing through their mobile phone or wearable device, allowing them to take action immediately. The Social Distancing Score keeps employees informed of how well they have been following the rules, which will encourage them to change their habits. Meanwhile, the management has access to recorded real time and historical data of human interactions and facility usage with a simple and easy admin panel, which facilitates contact tracing in case an infection is identified. With accurate contact information, businesses can easily map connections to track a possible infection.
2. Maintaining a hygienic working environment
As mentioned, keeping surfaces and objects that employees are in contact with sterilized is one of the safety measures that all employers should take. Preventing the sharing of equipment and maintaining a heavily controlled cleaning and disinfecting schedule of all common use spaces are two ways businesses can make sure that the workplace is as safe as possible for their employees. Using our COVID 19 solution platform, management can track and monitor the cleaning and maintanence of all spaces utilized by the workforce effectively and with ease, allowing them to maintain good environmental hygiene and good indoor ventilation at all times
3. Managing work zones and common spaces
As keeping social distance becomes a requirement, businesses will have to review their internal policies regarding the use of common spaces, break areas and work stations. Seating arrangements in work stations and break areas should be reviewed and changed according to social distancing rules. The capacity of all spaces will be lowered to decrease close interactions, which also requires employers to track the movement of individuals within the facilities. Our application automates this process by allowing to track and record the location of their employees, virtualizing the management of ques and check in and implementing a reservation system for all common use tables. The safe navigation tool helps users avoid crowds as they move within the buildings with customizable routes, while the safe zone alert allows them to avoid crowded enclosed spaces such as rooms and shuttle buses by showing the user how many occupants are inside in real time.