Second Generation COVID-19 Solutions Focus On Helping Firms Get Back To Work
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, economic activity around the world has grinded to a halt as worker safety is prioritised and self-isolation has become common practice. Now that the peak in new cases has reportedly past, governments are developing strategies to maintain safety precautions whilst getting people back to work. From a corporate perspective, the focus is now being placed on how firms and their employees can prepare for the ‘new normal’ where a COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available.
Many complimentary solutions have already come to market to assist firms through this uncertain time. Vendors including DevonWay, Cority, EcoOnline, Enablon, Gensuite, SAI Global, KPA and SHE Software have all rolled out software solutions to support worker incident tracking and wellbeing during the pandemic. These solutions often focus on use cases such as monitoring worker health symptoms, contact training and educating individuals on related topics including home office ergonomics. Now vendors are directing their software capabilities and efforts to help firms prepare for returning to work.
The second generation of COVID-19 solutions is increasingly diverse as vendors have developed unique functionality to better enable safe working practices. The range of updates and launches seen include: GuardHat releasing an update to monitor social distancing practices and alerting individuals when they are within a 6 foot proximity to each other; Alcumus enhancing its suite of COVID-19 modules by linking their SafeContractor solution to support supply chain continuity; SAI Global combining their risk and learning solutions in order to upskill workers on the new hazards they face; KPA rolling out a Return To Work Safely programme through their Vera EHS software to support training efforts; and Cority launching a COVID-19 Workplace Health and Continuity Solution to assist with workflow management during the easing of restrictions. Beyond this, there are many more examples including Gensuite and ProcessMAP both offering corporate executive COVID-19 working group calls.
For firms looking to re-open their worksites, a new wave of capabilities offered by EHS technology vendors can provide numerous options in preparing for the ‘new normal’. However, with the large number of solutions available on the market, it is essential firms evaluate carefully what they really want from a software platform in order to select a vendor that best meets their needs.