Social distancing tech to protect staff returning to work

Social distancing,

Edinburgh-based Reactec has launched a new social distancing solution which monitors construction workers’ exposure to health risk amid Covid-19

The ‘Safedistance’ solution enables employers to manage the social distancing of their workforce within construction, rail, manufacturing and other workplaces.

Safedistance features include:

  • Alerts workers if they have strayed to within two metres of a colleague
  • Informs employers of the frequency and severity of breaches of social distancing protocols
  • Can assist with contact tracing of those who have been close to employees subsequently displaying Covid-19 symptoms
  • Can facilitate contact tracing across employers on busy infrastructure projects
  • Ring fences work teams who need to work more closely together in controlled cohorts
  • Can be expanded to enable real time intervention by a supervisor in the event of social distancing breaches.

Jacqui McLaughlin, CEO of Reactec, said: “Social distancing will clearly be with us for some time and it’s vital that when people get back to work they can do so safely.

“Our team has moved quickly to repurpose our technology to help businesses to ensure that their teams are working safely.

“Reactec, is already dedicated to helping reduce the damage to workers’ health from exposure to vibration, so developing our technology to include social distancing was a logical next step in response to Covid-19.

“We want to play our part in getting everyone back to work safely and with confidence.”

Protect workers from potential exposure

Reactec has discussed the capabilities of Safedistance at Ministerial level with the Scottish Government.

Ivan McKee, minister for trade, investment and innovation, commented: “In response to this pandemic, companies right across Scotland have been diversifying production lines, increasing capacity or exploring new distribution routes to help deliver what is needed, when it’s needed.

“Technology is going to play a crucial role in helping us overcome the long-term challenges presented by Covid-19 so it is great to see innovative, dynamic companies repurposing existing technology to help us protect workers from potential exposure in the future.”

More than 45,000 of Reactec’s Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) monitor, HAVwear, on which Safedistance is based, are already in circulation in the UK.

Managing social distancing

One of the companies trialling Safedistance is Keltbray.

Paul Deacy, managing director demolitions and civils, said: “Keltbray already uses HAVwear as it’s a robust product and the analytics reporting with its automation and GDPR compliance are critical factors to Keltbray providing actionable intelligence.

“So when Reactec approached us to trial the new social distance functionality we already had confidence in the product. Keltbray is encouraged by this new offering. This could truly assist us in managing social distancing across our projects.”

The Safedistance technology works by using Bluetooth enabled Reactec devices to detect other Reactec devices within a two-metre range. Should users become closer than two metres apart, both device users are warned with both vibration and audio alerts.

McLaughlin added: “Safedistance is based on a robust, tried and tested personal monitoring technology specifically designed for harsh environments and the strongest requirements of corporate ownership of GDPR compliant data.

“While the repurposing of the technology to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 is innovative, it is a software amendment to a well-used system. Like everyone else, we long to see the country get back to work and for the economy to be kickstarted once more.

“I’m confident that Safedistance can play an important part in helping to make this happen.”


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