With the outbreak of COVID-19 spreading across the world, factories face many challenges. Many have sacrificed productivity to respond to government regulations regarding social distancing in factories or worse, shut down operations temporarily, incurring large costs. A survey by PwC revealed that CFO’s globally expect higher demand for employee protection in the months that follow, making it a highly urgent concern to address.
While remote working is possible for the employees of some sectors, shop floor workers are not able to take their work home and continue with their duties in self-isolation. Faced with this unique challenge, factories are required to find ways to adapt their operations to new government regulations regarding COVID-19 to continuously protect their valuable workforce against the risk of repeated outbreaks within the organization.
To achieve this, organizations can increase sanitation and disinfection efforts, deploy hand sanitation stations across the floor, provide protective gear like masks and face visors and require their use in the facilities, provide shuttle service and promote regular and thorough hand washing. They can deploy new policies and processes regarding the use of equipment to prevent the spread of the virus in case of contamination. Standardizing good communication between the management and the staff is also very important, making sure that employees are informed about the outbreak in general, new policies adopted by the organization and ways of protection like social distancing can be very beneficial.
In this context, zone management becomes especially important to prevent spread. Making sure that all workers stay in their allocated space and taking measures to ensure social distancing in factories can be very effective. Especially for larger manufacturing facilities with a large workforce, automating this process can be time-saving and much more effective than manual methods.
Safe Steps Help Employees Keep Social Distancing in Factories
Boni Global’s COVID-19 solution Safe Steps achieves this by enabling the management to monitor social distancing compliance among their employees using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. To make sure floor employees are not distracted from their work and not at risk of any occupational hazards, this solution utilizes wearable devices that instantly warn the user with light or buzzing when he or she comes in close contact with another user. Their Social Distance Score, calculated with the duration and distance of risky interactions, allows employees to assess their own compliance to the rules and change their behavior accordingly, while allowing the management to have a better gauge on the risk of the team, department and the company at large.
Meanwhile, the system records all close physical interactions to allow for automated contact tracing through the management panel. The recorded data can be used to create filiation reports in case any COVID-19 cases are identified within the organization, allowing the management to get ahead of the spread of the infection. The automation of in-company contact tracing methods can be crucial to isolate those who have been identified as COVID-19 positive in time before they infect others, helping with the containment of the virus
With these tools, more than 20 factories have returned safely back to work by providing their employees with the most comprehensive virus protection technology available. Safe Steps has helped companies stay open and their employees to work safely and protect their income without putting themselves or their loved ones at risk.
To find out how Boni Global can help you protect your workforce, contact us today.