It’s been a year since the COVID-19 crisis dramatically changed life as we knew it. The entire country, in fact, most of the world, is experiencing quarantine fatigue. Across every continent, people seek the answer to a common question; “When will things return to normal?”
Unfortunately, even with the hope of widespread vaccination, the emergence of new variants of COVID-19 and the very real possibility of new viruses and outbreaks in the future means that we may never fully return to business as usual.
Employees will likely need to return to the workplace if they haven’t already, but workplaces will require the implementation of new safety measures.
Derek Fournier, CEO of DeCurtis, was recently interviewed by the Future of Business and Technology for his insights on how offices will need to evolve to operate safely during the pandemic and beyond. [Read the full article here]
Fournier said, “Health and safety initiatives have always been a concern for offices — fire alarms, emergency exits, and smoke detectors are just a few examples of strategies put in place to keep everyone in the building as safe as possible. However, the pandemic has made it painfully obvious that offices need to do more to protect all those within the business’ duty of care, and unfortunately, when dealing with this and other viruses, there is no silver bullet.”
For these reasons, Fournier advised a multi-layered approach to health and safety that combines best practices, new technologies, and policies and procedures.
The first and most crucial step is adopting the hygiene and safety measures recommended by the CDC, such as basic hand washing, sanitization procedures, social distancing, and wearing a mask. It’s also vital to implement reliable record-keeping to prove compliance and increased training to ensure that staff understands and will implement new protocols.
Additionally, Fournier cited the importance of including edge mitigation in health and safety strategies. “Edge mitigation, or the ability to restrict entry to potentially ill persons based on variable criteria like elevated body temperature, is now critical for businesses.”
“Businesses should invest in a platform for edge mitigation that includes touchless health screenings based on body temperature, not just skin temperature, and accurate data recording for health questionnaires, contact tracing, and compliance with governing bodies as required. A platform that addresses the immediate needs of reopening and evolves to help businesses stay open is paramount to keeping employees healthy and offices open.”
“An edge-mitigation platform that includes accurate body temperature screenings, contact tracing powered by location and proximity capabilities, and reliable, secure data collection will eventually be essential for all businesses. ”
If you’re interested in learning more about how an edge-mitigation platform can help your business mitigate risk and ensure your employees, customers, and guests’ safety, visit our website or contact us today.