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One of the most important elements of a successful back to work program is detection. At the door, on the floor, and between shifts, there needs to be a system in place to detect potential COVID-19 systems and react as quickly as possible to identify who might have been exposed.

Entry procedures are a huge part of this, with thermometers and contactless temperature readers playing an important role in employee arrival procedures every day. When someone enters the building every day to start their shift, they should self report their current health status, any potential symptoms or exposures, and have their temperature taken. But what kind of temperature readers are best — both for accuracy and for the expedience of getting everyone in the door? …

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As we enter the third month of frontline activity in many states, businesses are looking for ways to streamline their Detection, Monitoring, and Prevention activities. It’s vital to continue protecting frontline workers with robust controls throughout facilities, but it’s time to look for ways to improve compliance, streamline cumbersome processes, and boost productivity.

Monitoring, in particular, is an area ripe for improvement and Andonix has focused on it heavily in working with our Safely Pass and Smart Work Station customers. …

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It has been more than three months since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered a majority of US businesses and forced millions to work from home or wait for unemployment benefits.

Businesses are understandably wary as the economy reopens, eager to get back to work, but cautious to do so in a way that could increase the risk of infection in the workplace. A combination of federal, state and local guidelines is providing the roadmap many of these businesses need to get back to full operation while protecting employees from the risk of infection, but it’s a fine line.

Even with carefully implemented detection and monitoring protocols, there will always be a risk of infection. With a disease that can take up to two weeks to show symptoms, you’re likely to have one or more employees start to develop them while at work. That’s why testing is so important. …

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America is in the process of reopening after nearly three months of quarantine and isolation to protect against the spread of coronavirus. It’s been a difficult three months and cash-strapped businesses and workers alike are eager to get back to work but in a safe, sustainable way. The new normal requires us to think not just of reopening, but staying open and protecting workers as effectively as possible.

The first line of defense is the use of face masks. The CDC has recommended the use of face coverings since early April to help prevent the spread of the virus, and OSHA has provided guidance on the voluntary use of face masks on the frontline. …

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One of the most persistent challenges in frontline organizations is the lack of bidirectional communication between management and frontline workers. While most frontline workers have a mobile device, many don’t have a standardized email address that can be used for work conversations. The result is a traditionally top-down communication channel that relies on posters, paper checklists, and in-person meetings.

This has always been a point of concern as it can be costly to maintain and inefficient to communicate important updates in real-time. Additionally, it provides no channel by which employees can communicate either vertically or horizontally with the rest of the company. In the age of coronavirus closures and now reopenings, it’s more than an inconvenience — it can significantly impact operations. …

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The pandemic isn’t over, but we are going back to work, and that means a series of new processes and procedures are needed to protect employees and keep the doors open. We wrote recently about the importance of proper site entry and workplace compliance. By identifying potentially sick employees before they enter the facility and maintaining strict protocols on the floor, you can reduce the risk of an outbreak.

But it doesn’t stop there. What happens if there is an outbreak anyways? Coronavirus, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, can be present for up to two weeks before symptoms occur, and an estimated 5–25% of all cases are asymptomatic — meaning employees could be carrying and potentially spreading the disease without knowing it. While your workplace compliance protocols will help to reduce the risk of spread in these situations, you need to be prepared for illness. There are likely months ahead of us before a vaccine will be ready. …

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As we shift from quarantine to reopening businesses throughout North America, it’s more important than ever to have clearly defined, carefully monitored processes in place to ensure proper site entry and workplace compliance. Part of this depends on having the resources in place to support these changes. In our recent Playbook on how to go back to work safely, we discussed the importance of a Pandemic Response Team (PRT), consisting of a PRT Manager, Virus Prevention and Protocols Lead, Employee Access Control Lead, Sanitization and Disinfection Lead, Communication Lead, Training Lead, and PPE and Materials Lead.

Throughout the month of May, we’ll explore the importance of these roles and the systems that need to be in place to support safe reopening. Access control in particular, though, is a major concern in organizations of all sizes. How do you evaluate employees and future guests at the door, minimize entry points, and maintain careful standards on the floor to avoid potential exposure? Let’s take a closer look. …

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Coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on the US economy, causing countless businesses to close and leading to more than 10 million unemployment claims in less than three weeks. Many of the major manufacturing giants are closed right now, to protect their workers and help stem the spread of the disease.

But our new front line of essential workers are still out there, working every day to keep the country running so the rest of us can stay home. Essential manufacturers in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries continue to operate. Amazon is actively hiring upwards of 100,000 additional workers to meet the demand of tens of millions who are under stay at home orders around the country. …

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One of the most persistent challenges in frontline organizations is the lack of bidirectional communication between management and frontline workers. While most frontline workers have a mobile device, many don’t have a standardized email address that can be used for work conversations. The result is a traditionally top-down communication channel that relies on posters, paper checklists, and in-person meetings.

This has always been a point of concern as it can be costly to maintain and inefficient to communicate important updates in real-time. Additionally, it provides no channel by which employees can communicate either vertically or horizontally with the rest of the company. In the age of coronavirus closures and now reopenings, it’s more than an inconvenience — it can significantly impact operations. …

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The pandemic isn’t over, but we are going back to work, and that means a series of new processes and procedures are needed to protect employees and keep the doors open. We wrote recently about the importance of proper site entry and workplace compliance. By identifying potentially sick employees before they enter the facility and maintaining strict protocols on the floor, you can reduce the risk of an outbreak.

But it doesn’t stop there. What happens if there is an outbreak anyways? Coronavirus, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, can be present for up to two weeks before symptoms occur, and an estimated 5–25% of all cases are asymptomatic — meaning employees could be carrying and potentially spreading the disease without knowing it. While your workplace compliance protocols will help to reduce the risk of spread in these situations, you need to be prepared for illness. There are likely months ahead of us before a vaccine will be ready. …

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