University of Portsmouth student’s app to get people back to work
A PHD student from the city’s university has developed an app to help employees get back to workplaces safely.
The Hygieia app allows employers to monitor workers, with functions to record practical tasks such as when work stations were last cleaned along with regular checks and collation of information as to how people are feeling both physically and mentally.
The non profit app was the brainchild of Morgan Eldred.
Morgan said: ‘If ever workers were going to be persuaded it was safe to come back, this app might be the way to do it.
‘The app incorporates industrial safety processes, bringing work control to every person in every environment, in every company.’
Other features include digital location check-ins to monitor numbers and tracking interactions with colleagues to alert people if anyone has been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
Morgan added: ‘In an era of risk from the virus and the sometimes startling fear some people have about going back to work, we hope giving immediate and accurate information on how safety is being managed will inspire confidence in both employers and employees, and help industry get back to work.’
The app has been successfully trialled in the UK, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the USA. Tested trials included fire stations, a logistics company, a law firm and private ambulance service.
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