Three Must-Have Features For Every Business Safety Solution

Three Must-Have Features For Every Business Safety Solution

By Tricia O'Connor

Early in the pandemic, businesses were looking for safety solutions to fend off COVID-19 concerns. 

Some sent employees home to work. Some implemented mask-wearing requirements. Others redesigned foot traffic flow. Whatever they did was an immediate response to an immediate threat. 

But the distribution of vaccines has changed organizations’ needs. We all realize now: risk mitigation extends beyond this pandemic. 

If the goal is to get employees to return to brick-and-mortar workplaces, implementing a well-rounded solution is the best bet.

Well-Rounded Safety Solutions

Organizations want, and need, health and safety solutions that address the long-term risks caused by any illness.  

Business safety solutions should incorporate these three must-have features:

  • Comprehensive platform to future-proof your company
  • Customizable, modular tools
  • Centralized data

Let’s discuss why each one is so valuable. 

1. Act Now, Plan for Later

Any viable health and safety business solution should have a comprehensive suite of tools to future-proof your company to drive business flow through any illness. 

A centralized integrated platform that has a range of scanning, tracking, and communication tools can help ensure everyone’s safety, if they’ve been vaccinated or not. A comprehensive platform that includes the following components also acts as a risk mitigation plan for future health crises:

  • Thermal entrance scanning – One of the most telling indicators of illness is fever. Fever is not unique to COVID-19. Adopting a no contact thermal temperature scanner keeps employees safe and facilities operational. 
  • Distance monitoring and contact tracing – These tools effectively reduce the likelihood of transmitting illness between employees. Distance monitoring informs management who may be at risk based on location and identifies the exact location and duration of any exposures. Wearable devices continually track employees’ movements, record the distance and duration of interactions, and alert individuals in real-time when they are at increased risk.
  • Analytics dashboard – While having tech solutions in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of the workforce is key, being able to respond to risks quickly and effectively will be hindered if the information gathered is siloed amongst teams. Piecemeal solutions and paper tracking systems can result in miscommunications and bulky administrative processes that can impact an organization’s bottom line.
  • Mobile app – Monitoring the health and wellness of employees has always been important, but this pandemic has taught us how important it is for information to be easily communicated before employees report to work. A mobile app solves this challenge by allowing employees to self-report any issues in a private, secure manner to an HR administrator so they can decide together if the employee should report to work. 

2. Pick What’s Right For You

Each industry faces its own health and safety challenges, and this will impact which tools best serve your needs. We’ve written extensively about the unique needs the supply chain, retail, and hospitality industries face when combatting a health crisis. While there may be overlaps, in most cases, each individual business needs to make decisions that suit their needs, and this may or may not be driven solely by industry standards. 

It’s critical that businesses have the freedom to select from fully customizable, modular tools to build the solution you want and need.

For example, an occupancy tracker may be a great component to the distance monitoring needs of a retail business that has steady foot traffic, but it may not be useful for a construction site. And a thermal scanner may not be needed by a school that performs manual checks on students during carline, but it may be useful at a teachers-only entrance.

It’s also understandable that businesses still don’t know which solutions are best for them, and you may be grappling with budget restraints. As we’ve learned, health crises are fluid situations – the information changes rapidly and the effect on your business may be pronounced. EBI Workplace Health & Safety can help assess your organization’s strengths and foundational gaps. Our FREE 30-minute COVID-19 Response Review explores any existing protocols you have in place with the goal of protecting your staff and visitors while maximizing your budget. Together, we’ll identify the right mix of solutions that best integrate with your culture and processes.

3. Insights = Informed Decisions

Having a suite of tools to use is terrific, but they can be difficult to work with if they’re disparate systems and you have no way to collect, read, integrate and analyze the data. A centralized Command Center solves this challenge by collecting and crunching real-time data so you can analyze it to create actionable safety measures. 

A Command Center securely manages up-to-the-minute employee data and aggregates comprehensive risk mitigation information to determine threats to your organization’s health. It links to other tools like thermal scanners or mobile apps to compile the data in one area. Here are some of the metrics a Command Center can calculate:

  • Number of employees admitted (per day, per hour)
  • Most popular entrance locations 
  • Patron demographics (employees, visitors, etc.)
  • Body temperatures
  • Average employee contact length (data collected from wearable distance monitoring devices)
  • Average distance between employees
  • Occupancy rates

Ultimately, the ability to view comprehensive data like this improves leadership’s decision-making ability in health and safety-related matters, makes HR processes and operations run more smoothly, and improves the overall health, confidence, and productivity of a company’s employees. Used correctly, this new data can have a huge impact on an organization’s ability to recruit and retain top talent while continuing operations as effectively as possible, no matter what health crisis it’s facing.

Invest in the Future

As companies look to the future and what changes they need to permanently make, one thing is clear: health and safety culture will be at the forefront of these changes. Although COVID-19 is the catalyst for health and safety efforts now, companies have long tried to solve for the cost of illness to their business each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation reported in 2015 the average cost of influenza for businesses averaged $87 billion annually. Now add what is potentially an annual seasonal outbreak of coronavirus to that number, and you are looking at a very real, very large problem businesses must solve. It’s imperative organizations make a similar investment to stave off COVID-19 and whatever pandemic will come next while their employees continue to work remotely. If COVID-19 has collectively taught us nothing else, it is that viruses spread quickly, often with dangerous and terrifying outcomes. 

EBI Can Help

Early in the pandemic, EBI recognized the need for comprehensive health and safety solutions that didn’t just put a band-aid on businesses’ COVID-19 related concerns, but provided a platform for businesses to battle any illness that comes your way. The result of countless hours of research, development, and consultations with our panel of medical experts, is EBI Workplace Health & Safety

This end-to-end solution is a secure U.S. cloud-based, customizable platform providing modular options for retailers and all organizations to protect their people and their livelihoods. The platform serves as a central data repository and analytics engine for data collected through employee mobile health apps, thermal scanners, and contact tracing systems. These analytics give employers the insights they need to make critical business decisions to keep workplaces open and operational. 

A coordinated technological health and safety umbrella like EBI Workplace Health & Safety can help all of us work confidently and safely, without interruptions. We’d love to work with you to keep your employees and visitors safe and healthy. Schedule a demo or reach out to one of our EBI Experts

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About the Author

Tricia O'Connor

Tricia O'Connor

Writer. Digital marketer. Storyteller. An award-winning writer and editor, Tricia O'Connor is the Marketing Content Manager at EBI. Tricia worked as a broadcast and print journalist for nearly two decades writing and producing programming for high-profile networks like ESPN Radio, History Channel, and Hallmark Channel, as well as contributing editorial work to publications nationwide. Tricia joined the EBI marketing team in 2019 and is responsible for content strategy, development, and engagement. Tricia earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is a proud undergraduate alumna of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

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