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Life is changing, everybody is talking about the new norms

By SCOLVO

What are the new norms? Globally we have experienced something that we have not seen before. Humanity has had to battle in wars, had to survive earthquakes and floods, but only the two World Wars affected the whole civilization like the current pandemic.

A new task to all of us is to adjust our lives to the changed environment, to the new rules and regulations which put a pressure on us the same way as if we are employees of a company or if we are the employers.

People have to tackle new responsibilities, in order to slow down the virus exposure and save the people in their micro and macro environment.

To help this, the @WHO has issued new guidelines which are supposed to support our daily life, our wellbeing, our mental health.

How can people of a company easily adopt the new regulations regardless of their position?

What kind of tools are available to integrate into the organisation’s routine?

SCOLVO has worked on a solution from the very beginning and created CORINFO which they offer now FREE .

Why SCOLVO?

As all SCOLVO mobile applications, CORINFO is based on a unique development framework that enables to personalise quickly the mobile (iOS, Android) application using the pre-built elements.

Therefore the implementation time can be much faster than for any similar application.

What can CORINFO provide?

  • Secure database (GDPR compliant)
  • Flexible and easily amendable customer content
  • Predefined and tailor made reports and dashboards
  • Accurate forecast based on predictive data analysis and built in formulas

Available customer content packages:

  • Return to office – collects information from employees to show their readiness to return to work 
  • Virus exposure – accurate picture of risks, assuring employees of infection-free office
  • Office occupancy – supports planning the workplace capacity (parking, canteen, office, meeting rooms)
  • Employees wellbeing – honest and open information about quality and safety of the physical work environment, to show how employees feel about it

www.scolvo.com/corinfo

Mirashare helps transform the way you report and record all your EHS data

At a time when the need to manage health and safety effectively has never been more visible and important, Mirashare offers a trusted, easy to use, cloud-based solution for all your health and safety reporting needs. 

With 14 modules ranging from Risk Assessments to Inspections and Audits, Change Control to Incident and hazard reporting, we offer a comprehensive solution that’s right for you.

With all your records in one place, you have instant access to real time information, enabling you to take quick corrective action, make better decisions, and identify trends more rapidly. 

So, if like many you’re still battling with a paper-based system, or simply feel as though it’s time for a change, give us a call on (01304) 382 410 to discuss how Mirashare can help streamline and add consistency to all your EHS reporting needs.

https://www.mirashare.com

Study calls for ‘big brother’ COVID tracing tech to be regulated

Technologies, such as track and trace apps, used to halt the spread of covid-19 have to be thoroughly examined and regulated before they are rolled out for wider adoption, to ensure they do not normalise a big-brother-like society post-covid-19.

That’s according to research conducted by Jeremy Aroles, Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies at Durham University Business School, alongside Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte, Professor of Management of Information Systems at IÉSEG School of Management, which draws from the concept of ‘societies of control’, developed by the French philosopher Giles Deleuze, in order to analyse the technologies currently being used to tackle the covid-19 pandemic.

Whilst the study acknowledges the public health benefits of these technologies, the researchers state we must be wary of what technology is rolled out by governments and critically cross-examine these.

Dr. Aroles said: “Presented as ways to curb the immediate progression of the pandemic and improve safety, the acceptance and use of these technologies has become the new “normal” for many of us, therefore it is important that these systems of control are heavily vetted and cross-examined before being rolled out to the wider public.”

The researchers suggest three solutions regarding the development and use of covid-19-related technologies.

First, the public should question the locus of collective responsibility. Increasingly complex systems of control and surveillance have been fuelled by our reliance on technology which, the researchers say, has blurred our understanding of the boundary between “good and bad” or “right and wrong”.

Second, more must be done to raise people’s awareness of how digital technologies work, and the risks of adopting them across society. People are often, rightly, concerned over their privacy and the sharing of their data. It is therefore crucial that these technologies are transparent and actively help individuals fully understand the ramifications of the control systems they’re opting in to.

Third, given that covid-19 tracking technologies are developed by companies for the benefit of governments, it is vital that greater regulation of the partnerships between state authorities and companies is adopted. Alongside this, it is also important that counter-powers such as journalists and the public hold these partnerships to account, to ensure they do not violate the privacy of citizens for financial gain.

The researchers state that it is important the covid-19 pandemic is not utilised as an opportunity to enforce a society of control and to normalise greater surveillance. They suggest that researchers or bodies specialising in the management of information systems should be brought in to supervise the developments of digitally enabled control systems, such as covid-19 apps, and not to abandon them to companies that could violate the privacy of citizens.

TOP TIPS: Creating a COVID-safe and secure workplace for your employees

By Oliver Morrison, CEO, Filter Digital

Now more than ever, employers are having to reassess their health and safety guidance for staff to ensure a safe and secure workplace for their employees. But how do you check your employees are well and reporting no symptoms of infectious diseases before they arrive for work?

Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees safe whilst at work. Many of us are used to conforming to company policy on wearing appropriate uniform and footwear, keeping walkways and access routes clear and following health and safety guidance whilst working on-site.

With the COVID-19 outbreak, it is now more than ever that employers are having to reassess their health and safety guidance for staff to ensure a safe and secure workplace for their employees.

Employers across all sectors and industries are introducing several new measures to protect their staff and to minimise risk. New office layouts, protective screens, floor graphics, one-way walkways, hand sanitising and the introduction of new Personal Protective Equipment have become commonplace.

Whilst employers can control, to an extent, what safety measures they introduce and how they implement them, empowering employees to follow them correctly and safely is paramount. Clear communication across a business is crucial to ensure everyone on-site is following the health and safety guidelines and rules.

With the spread of infectious diseases at the forefront of the implementation of enhanced measures within the workplace, there is a real need to ensure that employees are symptom-free before they enter a place of work. Whilst employers are doing all they can to ensure staff are safe at work, until now, there has been no mechanism to check staff are safe to come into work.

Safety at the workplace is paramount, and simple additional measures before reaching the workplace, such as regular communication, wellness checks, symptom reporting, records of travel or of interaction with people that have contracted COVID-19, are integral to overall safeguarding.

We’ve also collated some simple questions that can be used to regularly to check-in on employee wellbeing, to support effective and safe working.

Workspace

  • Are you comfortable in your physical workplace?
  • Do you have all of the equipment/supplies that you need to complete your work?
  • Is your working environment causing you any stress?
  • Is working from home negatively affecting your productivity?

Satisfaction

  • Are you receiving the right amount of communication?
  • Are you happy with the amount of recognition you receive for your work?
  • Do you feel recognition is meaningful when you receive it?
  • Are you feeling useful at work?
  • Do you ever feel anxious at work?

Team

  • Do you feel you can share your thoughts with your manager?
  • Do you feel you are positively encouraged to give your opinion?
  • Can you count on your colleagues when you need help?
  • Do you feel your colleagues collaborate well?

Health

  • Are you satisfied with your physical health?
  • Are you following a regular exercise or training regime?
  • Do you try to eat a healthy diet?
  • Do you feel healthy?
  • Would you be interested in having access to mental health resources at work? (such as meditation sessions, mindfulness classes etc.)

About The Author

Oliver Morrison is CEO at Filter Digital, developer of the The Safe For Work app, which provides a quick and easy way to check employees are well and reporting no symptoms of infectious diseases.

Safe For Work app enables workforces to report covid-19 symptoms

A new symptom tracking app that gives employers a written record of the daily health status of each employee is now available for download.

The Safe For Work app, developed by London-based Filter, has been designed to give colleagues working together the reassurance that everyone who is at work, is, in fact, safe to work.

It’s available now on the iOS App StoreGoogle Play Store and Web as a progressive web app and is intended to complement a company’s existing health and safety procedures.

Safe For Work allows employers to design a custom bespoke questionnaire for their employees to complete before they attend their place of work, whether that’s an office, shop, factory, warehouse, etc, to check all are well and reporting no symptoms of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.

Questions could include “do you have a temperature?”, “have you got a new, continuous cough?”, “have you travelled abroad or had close contact with anyone that has travelled in the last 14 days?”.

The app can be used on any mobile device or browser, allowing employees to communicate honestly, clearly and privately about their health so that they don’t inadvertently place colleagues at risk.

The questions posed are Yes/No by default – the results can then be used by management or HR to determine whether the employee is safe to work that day, or if the responses breach the businesses health and safety guidelines.

Filter says the Safe For Work app can be used easily by both employers and employees and can be set up to the individual needs of any company or process.

Oliver Morrison, CEO at Filter, said: “In this unique and challenging time, we wanted, as a solutions led business, to contribute some good. We recognised that the rules and practicalities of ensuring staff are safe for work had changed and aimed to provide an additional support measure to help reassure employers and employees that everyone who is at work is safe to work.

“We’re delighted to have rapidly developed Safe For Work, a convenient symptom reporting tool and have made it available for free to any business or organisation to use.”

For more information visit, https://safeforworkapp.com.