Virtual badges are a way to provide digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination status and test results for employees, contractors, vendors and customers. By having site visitors remotely upload status of vaccination, rapid test results, or symptom self-report waivers, managers can approve or disapprove badges (and thus site access) before workers even come onto the premises. Virtual badges also drastically simplify the on-site access control process into a simple scan, reducing the need for compliance staff while increasing the ease of following protocols. Managers can easily tell, at a glance, the COVID-19 status of every person on site. For companies that have an insufficient process in place
, implementing virtual badges is a risk management blessing.
As an entire health access control system, virtual badges shield construction firms from the legal risk and liability of allowing site access to infected persons; negligence cannot be assigned to the company and compliance is maintained at all levels of government oversight. Even more, they protect the company from the reputational risk of being unsafe. And by drastically reducing the likelihood of an outbreak among staff and contractors, digital badges cut down on the number of staff who end up infected, reducing project delays, change orders and budget overruns.
By centralizing and organizing all of the health data, the burden on HR workers is drastically reduced, and proof of vaccination or negative test is easily available for government regulatory agencies to review. By having a completely vaccine/PCR negative compliant workforce, many firms are allowed to relax their PPE, distancing, worker maximum and cleaning guidelines, allowing for a general rise in productivity.
In the event that a worker is suspected of being sick at the project site, virtual badges support contact tracing capabilities. By tracking the user’s time on site, subcontractor company and geographic zone, managers can quickly determine which other workers came into contact with the infected individual. Messages can then be sent to user badges, warning adjacent individuals to leave and quarantine, and notifying all other workers about the suspected outbreak. Badges belonging to infected or adjacent workers can be remotely deactivated, and kept deactivated until a negative PCR test is produced.
While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on outside of the construction site, there’s no reason for it to spread to the inside. With a virtual badging solution in place, construction firms can feel confident that their workplace is bio-secure, their sites can remain open, and their workforce can stay resilient. Digital ID systems can keep owners free of legal liability and punitive measures, eliminate pandemic-related productivity drag, and keep costs down in an era that sees them ballooning across every metric.
If staying open, on schedule and within budget is a priority for your firm, our experts are available to help you implement the solution, today.