There is no doubt that “the new normal” will set new social guidelines and will change all of our habits. In the business world, measures against Covid-19 at work must be implemented with effort. What would happen if a COVID – 19 outbreak took place in our company? Which safety measures should I implement in order to avoid it? What will we face if we don’t do it? How Situm geolocation can help me on getting a safe work environment?
Leaving aside the human and health costs, the managers of large companies and factories must bear in mind the development and implementation of a whole action protocol both in terms of prevention and also if any contagion come to pass.
That is why all countries are on the brink of new outbreaks and the possibility of a new wave, with the well-known cessation of productive activities. This threat means that governments are speeding up procedures for the occupational prevention of risks related to the pandemic. These documents always stress the same crucial points that any company must guarantee:
Social distance during the activity, at the entrance and exit and during the stays in common areas, always avoiding crowds.
- In the establishments open to the public, the capacity and distance between people must be controlled. Implementation of protective equipment.
- Maximum effort in cleaning and disinfection duties.
- Establish protocols in case that workers show symptoms and identify the possible chain of contagion.
Defined penalties for the transgressors
As can be expected in this type of exceptional situation, the time for recommendations and information is already over. We enter in a moment when the transgressors will face heavy fines.
The aim consists of making all the large companies that retake the activity meet the new obligations and, in case of a new outbreak, the ability to establish traceability of staff and work protocols in order to avoid the feared community transmission.
What safety measures against Covid-19 in the workplace should we take into account?
For all these reasons,a series of measures have been implemented in most EU countries with the aim of avoiding laxity in the implementation of these measures. Labour and Social Security Inspectorate has been empowered to monitor the proper implementation of Covid-19 preventive health measures in workplaces.
These inspectors will be in charge of monitoring and requiring issuing infraction reports related to the employer’s failure to comply with the public health measures. In particular, this is the protocol that will be monitored:
- The acomplishment of disinfection tasks
- Work distribution organized by shifts.
- Ensure the accomplish of the interpersonal distance from one and half meter.
- Certify avoiding people crowds in work spaces.
Companies closure and responsability requirements
The main goal of the companies by implementing measures against Covid-19 at work is to continue working to get back on the road to profitability and to avoid outbreaks that could even lead to the closure of the facilities.
The closure of the facilities is exactly what has already happened in countries such as Germany, where the authorities are evaluating the accountability of the meat company responsible for more than 600 infections due to possible negligence in the implementation of the safety measures.
We could list many more cases as in Wales (United Kingdom), where 58 positive cases have been detected in a food company and it has been closed down, or even, the case of another company with a large workforce in Mondragone (Italy).
In other cases, such as the most recent case of the Spanish chicken producer where an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected with 175 positive cases, is the company itself that decides to close the facilities to address the problem by prioritizing the safety and health of all workers.
Maintaining the safety chain is a priority, both to guarantee the work of our own company, and to ensure an overall safe environment.
In a world where the economy and workflows are interlinked, the closure of a company on one side of the world can lead to supply problems for others that would also be forced to cease their activity. This aspect is one of the most highlighted by the consulting firm Deloitte in its article The economic impact of Covid 19.
Capacity control, traceability and safety distance, the keys to ensure safe workplaces
The OECD has conducted a comprehensive study called Employment Outlook 2020. Safety at Work and the Crisis Covid 19. It has analysed the situation in 24 countries and the sample shows that 52 percent of the workforce are jobs that are relatively safe for health. Of these, 31 per cent of workers can perform their tasks from home, while the remaining 21 per cent can maintain a safe distance during their duties. However, the data indicate that the other half of the workforce is employed in jobs that carry some risk of infection because they require a greater degree of physical proximity to other workers or the general public.
It is in these cases that the OECD emphasises that hygiene measures and maintaining a safe distance are the only options for preserving the activity. All international entities point in this direction and the UN has also required the engagement and responsibility of economic operators.
Indoor geolocation and contact traceability
In this context, Situm can significantly help big companies that must manage a considerable workforce in a large interior space. Whether in corporate or industrial environments, our technology can be deployed and fully operational in just one week. Situm Covid-19 doesn`t need large investments or dedicated infrastructure deployments.
By providing the employees with a Smartphone, Situm MRM allows:
- Capacity control: It will be notified in case there is a risk of exceeding the recommended number of people in a space, such as in common areas.
- Employee traceability: All the useofrs leave a trace in the system, so that any contagion can be quickly identified and it will be effectively to the staff who have been in contact with the affected ones.
- Safety distance control: The solution will alert the worker about the need to respect the minimum safety distance in spaces with high occupation.
- Geolocated alarms at the disinfection points to remind with notifications on the smartphone the protocols tofollow when passing through a certain place.
In addition, all the activity is recorded in analyses that can help clarify responsibilities in case of conflict. It certainly opens the door to a new way of working.
Situm MRM: Measures against Covid-19 at work by employee management through indoor location
Situm MRM is not just a measure against Covid-19 at work. It provides a clear added value by improving the rational and conscious use of space and the relation between worker/workload, among other aspects. If you want to know how our indoor positioning system can help you, do not hesitate to contact us.