The first step of any effective health and safety protocol is thorough training. Employees can only be expected to comply with rules they understand. This includes things like explaining when and where PPE is required, like in common areas or hallways, and how to wear PPE.
Policies like frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer stations may seem obvious, but sometimes stating and posting the obvious is necessary. It can be difficult to hold employees accountable for using common sense when every person may have different beliefs and varying levels of faith in the efficacy of certain health and safety measures.
Enforcing Clear Safety Policies
Expectations are important for any set of rules or policies in a workplace. Every employee should be on the same page with respect to guidelines and disciplinary actions for compliance failures. Reminder emails, posted rules pertaining to PPE and hand washing or floor markers for social distancing can act as reminders and emphasize the importance of safety policies.
There are drawbacks to being too heavy handed with disciplinary measures, however. Employees may be hesitant to report violations or illnesses if they’re concerned about terminations or overly zealous consequences. Management should work with human resources to develop mechanisms for holding employees accountable without discouraging honesty or damaging morale.
The Rules Should Apply to Everyone
Management and leadership should be setting an example for an entire workforce. Bosses shouldn’t be above the rules. They should instead be held to the highest standards of anyone in a workplace.
It’s also important for human resources and management to maintain an open dialogue with employees regarding safety standards. There are several reasons why a person may refuse to get vaccinated or isn’t able to wear PPE. It’s likely not feasible from an HR perspective to hold an employee with a legitimate medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask or getting vaccinated to the same standard as a healthy employee.
There could also be job-related reasons employees buck safety rules. Maybe certain procedures or PPE make a particular work task difficult, or hampers productivity. Management should ideally be open to modifying policies or finding creative solutions when safety policies are getting in the way of professional success or efficiency.
Workplaces should make allowances for people with medical issues without compromising the rules for conspiracy theories, apathy and laziness.
Using Unobtrusive Technology to Promote Compliance
Flag employees, customers or visitors who fail to adhere to posted hand sanitization requirements
Track social distancing and signal any issues
Maintain a headcount of everyone in a space, retail store or facility to prevent overcrowding
Detect people who may be attempting to circumvent safety rules
Monitor temperatures to flag fevers
SMART EC’s health and safety solution can be scaled to any size to meet the needs of all types of businesses and organizations. A system can be integrated with preexisting CCTV systems or be supplied as a standalone system with dedicated cameras.
A lobby unit, for example, can have instructions and a hand sanitizing station attached. The camera checks that each person entering the premises is properly wearing a mask, uses hand sanitizer on entry and takes their core body temperature.
SMART EC’s thermal camera doesn’t simply measure skin temperature, since a person’s temperature can be elevated for a variety of potential reasons unrelated to COVID-19 or illness. It instead checks the temperature of the tear ducts by the bridge of the nose, which provides a far more accurate assessment of potential illness.
A SMART EC COVID system installed through a premises with multiple cameras can also provide blanket social distancing monitoring and alert security or management of crowds or violations.
The way in which data is used is entirely up to the business. A business that doesn’t want an aggressive enforcement tool can use it to generate compliance data, determine baselines and provide contact tracing when needed. Other businesses may want to monitor in real time and dispatch management or security to deal with non-compliance or flagged issues on the spot.
Learn More About SMART EC’s Health and Safety Monitoring System
If your business, health care facility or transport hub is looking for an unobtrusive solution for tracking health and safety compliance during and after the COVID-19 pandemic without collecting personal information*, SMART EC can help.
We encourage you to read more about this public health management tool or contact us at 602-438-5720 to find out how the system could work for you.
* A footnote on personal information
The solution is designed to capture what is considered non-personally identifiable information. It collects pixel-level environmental information on selected objects, such as a car driving into a gas station or a person walking into a building. Our AI platform aggregates and analyzes that environmental information against environmental information collected in previous encounters of similar class objects to recognize patterns. It then generates confidence interval data as to whether an object is recognized as the same class of object as in one or more previous encounters. The confidence interval data cannot be used to distinguish, identify or trace an individual’s identity (no biometric records, etc.), and is only used to recognize, track, and help understand behaviors of classes objects. These systems are designed to enable full compliance with all privacy laws and regulations (including those related to facial recognition capability).