Essential workers are still on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensuring that they have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is of the utmost importance. PPE is one of the major things keeping employees safe, but simply wearing PPE does not eliminate the risk of catching COVID-19. There are certain technologies that can be used in conjunction with PPE and risk management plans to ensure that employees are kept as safe as possible during this time. EHS software is a technology that all businesses should consider utilising if they want to continue to help ‘flatten the curve.’ But what is EHS software and how can it help businesses to manage the health of their workers?
Environmental, Health, and Safety Software
At its core, EHS software is essentially designed to manage the health and safety of its employees. You know your technology is good if you can create individual profiles for your employees, create online modules for changing safety protocols, and if it regularly updates regulations to ensure compliance. These all seem like amazing tools, but simply having these tools at your fingertips and knowing how to use them are two very different things. If you want to take the plunge and invest in proper EHS software, then employees and managers need to know how to use these tools effectively. So, how can these tools be applied to the current pandemic?
Monitor Employee Health
Any employee that is not working from home is at an increased risk of potentially contracting COVID-19, especially those that are essential frontline workers. These employees need to have their health monitored, and this can happen in a variety of ways. A paper-based system is simply not effective when it comes to monitoring hundreds of employees, as data can easily get lost in the shuffle of things. An electronic system which features an app that has a health check feature can quickly provide a short questionnaire to employees each day to see if they are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. It can also classify employees into exposure groups, as some are at higher risk than others. Should an employee begin to exhibit symptoms, the system can quickly flag the employee profile, and the occupational health manager can assess the situation. If a paper-based system is used, it is next to impossible to sift through hard copy questionnaires, and assess employee health in a timely manner.
Changing Safety Protocols
As we all know by now, rules and regulations surrounding the proper PPE, its usage, and other mechanisms such as social distancing and self-isolation have a tendency to change on a day to day basis. Some countries are slowly beginning to reopen their economies, and that means that regulations will change as the number of people allowed to gather expands. Technology can help with these changing protocols by immediately updating them in the system, and alerting managers who can then begin to create training modules, and in-person sessions to keep their employees safe.
We live in a digital world, and using the proper technology will help to keep employees as safe and healthy as possible.