With consistently high demand across the manufacturing sector, Covid-19 outbreaks represent a significant operational, legal and contractual risk. Workers, contractors, vendors and visitors often work in close contact, and even with a Covid-19 Management Plan in place, an untraceable outbreak can shut production lines and critical support teams for extended periods.
Find out how leading manufacturing organizations are using RightCrowd Contact Tracing to maintain operational continuity and control the associated risks.
Contact Tracing in Manufacturing
Social distancing in a manufacturing environment can be challenging where employees must work in teams or in close proximity to one another to help lift, carry, and assemble heavy materials or components. Vast numbers of people simply cannot stay home and keep manufacturing operations running. They have to be at work, and they have to work in close proximity.
The growing acceptance of wearable contact tracing technology has been driven by adherence to local COVID-19 health regulations designed to protect employees. For many companies, the requirement to rapidly identify employees, visitors, contractors and vendors who had been exposed to an infected person has become inescapable.
Where an organization can quickly and accurately deliver close contact and COVID-19 exposure reporting, they can limit operational shutdowns to identified areas. Companies without that capability are being forced to shut larger areas for longer, while manual contact tracing and broader deep-cleaning takes place.
Now with COVID-19, the cost of a single manufacturing line shutting down for a day can far outweigh the investment. The business case for digital Contact Tracing is now more compelling than ever. Digital Contact Tracing now needs to be strongly considered as part of the hierarchy of controls.
Contact tracing has been one of the greatest tools State Health Departments have deployed to contain the early phases of the virus. The WHO benchmark for a successful COVID-19 contact tracing operation is to trace and quarantine 80% of close contacts within 3 days of a case being confirmed. Yet across Australia, Delta outbreaks have severely tested the adequacy and speed of public manual contact tracing processes.
Getting The Contact Tracing Technology Mix
Recent studies, published by The Royal Society show that manual and digital contact tracing systems complement each other, and in combination help achieve efficient, speedy contact
tracing at a lower cost. The study published in May 2021 also shows that digital contact tracing systems help overcome some of the inherent limitations of manual processes, such as close contact recall and the accuracy of duration and proximity information provided.
The study additionally shows that digital contact tracing solutions can be powerful tools to limit the spread of the virus in high-density work environments; such as offices, manufacturing, education and healthcare facilities.
Digital contact tracing solutions ultimately deliver greater accuracy in close contact identification, ensuring that fewer people need to quarantine, and reducing the overall cost of COVID-19 containment with greater speed.
Get In Control of Workplace Contact Tracing
RightCrowd is the leading all-in-one workplace contact tracing, COVID-19 exposure reporting and social distancing monitoring system. Using proven Bluetooth® Low Energy technology (BLE), each digital badgeholder continuously monitors close contact events across the workplace and enables rapid contact tracing in the event a team member becomes infected with COVID-19.
The system’s privacy and distance settings can be configured to match legal and policy requirements and provide complete anonymity while effectively managing operational risks. It can be quickly deployed and easily moved to other locations as your business grows. RightCrowd Contact Tracing delivers simple accurate, close contact and COVID-19 exposure reporting. Users can quickly access close contact reporting across location, date/time, duration and 1st, 2nd or 3rd-degree exposure. Mandatory COVID-19 exposure notification can be quickly delivered to exposed workers.
Integrating Contact Tracing with your Security Infrastructure
RightCrowd turns your existing security access card into a digital contact tracing solution.
Sliding a building access card into a RightCrowd Badgeholder turns it into an active digital credential that delivers social distancing monitoring, contact tracing and a range of additional security and compliance use cases. The solution also includes:
- Long battery life
- Fast, accurate close contact reporting
- Business-grade security and compliance
The solution can be fully integrated into your physical access control system, with all reporting based on existing PACS User IDs. APIS also enable reporting to be directly delivered into security dashboards.
It has become clear that even as vaccine programs accelerate, that COVID-19 variant outbreaks will continue to occur in the workplace with the potential to hugely disrupt operations. Organizations enabled with digital contact tracing solutions will be better placed to protect their people, deliver accurate Covid exposure reporting and keep their operations open.
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