COVID-19 is a genuine shock to daily life. Businesses are set to redefine seating at offices, working at factories and plants and on the field work. Truth that manufacturers in all industry sectors know all too well: “You can’t build products working from home.” As law offices, financial services firms, and tech companies and many more close their doors in and post COVID-1 situation and may request employees to “work from home,”, but manufacturers face the reality that manufacturing requires employees to work on site.
There is no factory production work from home. But the challenge to staff a factory becomes much more daunting every day during this COVID-19 pandemic, with emphasis on social distancing, and avoiding groups of people. India Inc will reset its workspaces once work resumes after the lockdown, with large-scale behavioural and physical space alterations on cards. Businesses also expect the use of office workspace to be drastically different from pre-Covid era, where optimizing the use of office space was essential.
i-TEK recently conducted a manufacturers’ online discussion involving scores of manufacturers from numerous industry sectors to share ideas about how manufacturers can continue to operate in the face of this pandemic. Here are some of the discussion points and ideas & practices identified in that discussion.
Manufacturers may have to move decisively to identify and exclude from the workplace those employees who have symptoms of the COVID-19 illness (i.e., fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or difficulty breathing)—in fact, the The ministry of home affairs (Disease Control and Prevention) recommends in guidance that employers “actively encourage sick employees to stay home.” Where feasible, it could be better to go one step further and identify and exclude from the factory employees who are at high risk.
For example, employers may want to encourage employees who have taken cruises or international flights in the last few weeks, or who live with individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 infection, to remain at home.
Asking for self-identification through regular surveys or interviews will have its own limitation of getting facts from them. Again, this is easier said than done. Many hourly employees live daily/weekly wages and may be reluctant to admit to having members of their households who demonstrate symptoms out of fear of being laid off or being unable to work for a period of time. Thus, employers may need to reduce the potential barriers to full disclosure.
High protection and identification of workers actual health and body temperature is very much essential and is a serious concern. To help you create a healthier workforce i-TEK offers body status check solution that allows you to get a body health temperature logging of your workforce to monitor one of the important factors before, on and after their work timings.
i-TEK provides RFID based body temperature monitoring system using simple Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled standard smartphones (We can also provide Ultra high frequency (UHF) which can read and download the details from distance), which helps Security or supervisor/ authorities to monitor and download their staff’s body temperature continuously collected log (configurable timings from 1 Sec to 9 Hrs. interval) status at the local and central levels. Originally these RFID tags are developed for the industrial use for logging shipping information of the goods, and it can also log the temperature of your shipment throughout it’s journey independent of carriers and transport methods. But with the current requirements, we have tested these tags on the human body for the most important data monitoring to support the baseline body report for employers of all the staff members supporting essential services.
Digital thermometers use electronic heat sensors to record body temperatures. They can be used in the rectum (rectal), mouth (oral) or armpit (axillary). Armpit temperatures are typically the least accurate of the three.
Please find beside a picture showing one of the tests conducted by placing the TAG on the side of the body (near Armpit) and comparing the reading with a thermometer reading at the armpit. A variance of (-ve) 1.1º was observed and it expected of course taking into consideration the different between side body temperature and armpit temperature.
Even with COVID-19 requiring social distancing for the weeks or months to come, every Country and State/s still requires an enormous class of workers to keep essential services online. Many of these essential industries will see continued demand for their products and services, the inverse of other industries that cannot operate during a period of social distancing. We propose a simple monitoring technique to support the baseline information of staff at the time of resuming duty. Following way, we can have the RFID enabled tag installed on the body:
can use Waterproof Transparent Dressing Tap to avoid any allergies before applying RFID Body Temperature Tag under armpit.
To get a sense of just how many workers could be impacted, we need the qualitative information to monitor specific health status (in our case we monitor body temperature as one the proven way) regularly. While it can be statistically difficult to isolate essential workers in these industries, we aimed to define a range of possible employees those who need such monitoring. Our expectation is that most support staff in these essential industries will continue to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s hard to gauge exactly how many workers fall into this ‘isolate’ category. For example, hospitals will not just rely on doctors and nurses—cleaning staff, cooks, and others are still necessary to keep the hospital functional. Local governments will also need police officers, cleaning staff and firefighters to keep working, alongside administrative and maintenance workers.
Ultra high frequency (UHF)
Near Field Communication (NFC)
i-TEK cloud-based body temperature monitoring portal provides authorities full control and overviews on all body temperature data for medical staff, various data reports and tag reads. Dash boarding supports for Hospital, Area, Station and State level data representation.
The RFID tag can be configured, started and read with your NFC enabled Smartphone for body temperature data log and automatic data capture on i-TEK Cloud Server.
Given all this uncertainty and recognizing that an increasing number of cities and states under lockdown and post have developed their own definitions of who is essential. Neglecting their health checkups might give birth to various health complications, proving to be fatal as well, at times, due to the delayed diagnosis, which consequently paves the way for preventive body checkups at a point. Assisting in the early detection of medical symptoms is the primary purpose of proactive i-TEK’s body temperature monitoring system. It is not the prevention of disease, but the simple alerting system before any disease started affecting the body and save unwanted connects at a right time.
A portion of these essential workers will continue to report to their jobs at health care facilities and other work sites, it’s not just the total number of jobs that matters, but a better understanding of who these workers are and the risks they face. Since many of these workers risk their lives to protect ours, the nation and corporates have a responsibility to protect the health and financial stability of these individuals and their families. We propose a two-part federal policy response, to be carried out over a defined period, to fulfill this responsibility.