Social distancing solution launched to protect employees returning to work

Reactec Safedistance

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EDINBURGH-based Reactec, has repurposed its proven system for monitoring workers’ exposure to health risk to create “Safedistance”, which enables employers to manage the social distancing of their workforce within construction, rail, manufacturing and other workplaces.

Safedistance is based on an industrial grade wrist-worn device and it:

  • 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, Reactec chief executve officer, 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.”

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.

Reactec is offering to enable these devices remotely by adding the safe distancing software free of charge – meaning that its existing clients can ensure safe distancing of employees while also continuing to protect them from harmful vibration.

Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, said:  “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.”

Safedistance was developed by technical experts at Reactec – which is backed by Scottish business angel syndicate, Archangels, and Scottish Enterprise’s investment banking arm, Scottish Investment Bank – as a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Scottish and UK Government’s introduction of social distancing protocols.

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