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Getting back to work safely: harnessing spatial analysis for risk mitigation in the workplace

June 15, 2020

Employers have a long list of things to think about as they resume operations after the COVID-19 closures, such as keeping their employees safe, creating a plan to ensure continued compliance with government regulations, and how to respond if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. To help in these efforts, Coleman McCormick, Fulcrum’s VP of Product co-hosted a webinar last week with Flo Broderick of CARTO about how businesses can leverage spatial analysis for risk mitigation as they reopen.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the webinar:

Employee safety

People returning to work are expecting their employers to have a safety plan in place and are prepared to follow new protocols to protect their health, but education is key. Remind employees regularly to wash their hands, wear face masks, and maintain a safe social distance from their colleagues. Many businesses are providing hand sanitizer and masks for their employees; some are even installing touchless technology. Posting signage can be a helpful reminder for employees to follow new protocols.

‍Increasing sanitization

Regular sanitization of common areas and frequently touched objects like elevator buttons and door handles is crucial for reducing the spread of germs. You should also empower employees to disinfect their own work areas. Fulcrum can help you keep a log of the measures that have taken place. Employees can download the app on their phones and log their own efforts so you have a record of the actions that took place, should you need them in the future.

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Improving ventilation

The reason for the 6-feet rule is that coronavirus can be spread through the air. Opening windows, installing high-grade filters, and purchasing air purifiers can help remove germs from the environment. Keep track of any preventative measures you put into place, including the cost and warranty information and more in Fulcrum for easy reference.

Keeping a safe distance

Adopting more flexible work environments so all employees aren’t on-site at the same time will help create a less dense environment, giving employees more space to spread out. You can use CARTO’s indoor mapping technology in conjunction with Fulcrum to manage the number of people who enter the building and disperse high-density areas.

Using Fulcrum and CARTO together

Employers can use Fulcrum for all kinds of checklists, from employee tracing and self-reporting to cleaning inspections (view and download our pre-built COVID-19 checklist app templates here). Collect records in the Fulcrum app, and once combined with CARTO’s indoor-mapping functionality, you can visualize the data on a map to identify hotspots, manage social distancing measures, and eliminate bottlenecks.