A new app developed by global travel and operational risk company, Anvil Group, prompts employees to self-certify that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms before coming into work, enabling employers to reduce the potential for infection in the workplace.
Available on iOS and Android devices, the app takes employees through a series of questions relating to the main COVID-19 symptoms recognised by the UK National Health Service, and delivers an initial diagnosis based on the answers submitted. The app lets employees know whether they are deemed safe to enter their workplace or should stay at home and await further instructions. Employees' self-certification results are immediately sent to their employer, enabling them to remain compliant with health and safety legislation and identify any potential cases early.
The app has been designed to help businesses, particularly those with at least 50 employees and limited HR or Health & Safety resources, who may be struggling to cope with managing the increased measures introduced, to ensure workforce safety.
Matthew Judge, Group Managing Director, Anvil Group comments, "Even with social distancing measures, appropriate facilities for additional hand hygiene, and undertaking robust and regular workplace cleaning, government advice also stipulates that early identification of the infected and those in close contact with them, is essential. By developing the Fit to Work app, we're providing a solution that will help organisations to navigate a return to the workplace safely and with confidence."
"Employers need to take sensible steps to fulfil their duty of care and to document their assessment and adopted policies. Being able to demonstrate that they have considered the risks carefully and have taken sensible steps to mitigate those risks will be crucial evidence in defence of any subsequent claims. If someone becomes infected at work in the absence of evidence of such steps having been taken, the employer is vulnerable to being found in breach of duty and liable for losses arising."
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