A new app developed by Anvil Group prompts employees to self-certify that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms before coming into work, enabling employers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace
Available on iOS and Android devices, the Fit to Work app takes employees through a series of simple 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 employers 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: “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.”
He continues: “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.”
New Health & Safety Executive Guidance
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance regarding reporting cases of COVID-19 under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). As organisations begin to welcome employees back into their usual workplaces, they now need to undertake measures to protect themselves and their employees from staff members potentially entering the workplace with COVID-19 and infecting others. Anvil’s Fit to Work app helps organisations to demonstrate that they have implemented a ‘safe system of work’ to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.
The app is the latest in a range of COVID-19 services developed by Anvil which includes client, industry and country specific pandemic information; daily reports and medical fact sheets; educational webinars; additional occupational health services; and antibody testing.
Information on the full range of pandemic services available can be found on our COVID-19 information portal at http://info.anvilgroup.com/covid-19-resources.