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The Impact of Corona virus on Access Control

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The Impact of Corona virus on Access Control

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, it is crucial that companies take a step back and consider next steps as we begin to plan for the new normal. While the World has experienced a global virus in the 1918 Spanish flu civilisation has moved on a lot since then. It could be said with this quickly spreading pandemic changing the way we work, travel and live, we find ourselves on new ground.

In a time of so much uncertainty, it has become clear that it has never been more important to control what you can and take preventive measures to ensure health and safety for the future. Social distancing has changed the way we go to work, shop, and what types of jobs are deemed essential. Companies have been forced to alter their business practices, and there has been a push to innovate new tools to help us understand, navigate, and stop the spread of this pandemic.

Workplaces are prime locations for viruses to spread, we have witnessed a major shift in office policies for virus controls. For many businesses who are now operating with minimal staffing or a fully remote workforce, that means drastic changes to who has building access, and how employees are coming and going.

Security Impact of Viruses

  • Face Mask detection
    • In the UK face masks in shops and public transport are compulsory, but how do you police it? One-way businesses can turn to is access control face mask detection. This can be used for both employees and customers into your operation.
  • Fever Detection
    • If you can identify those at risk you can isolate them safely, if an employee or customer turns up to your premises showing symptoms of the virus you can ensure they cannot enter and infect others.
  • Contactless
    • The less you touch the less the virus spreads, the corona virus can live on surfaces for hours so its safest if personnel to your business don’t touch anything at all.
  • Hand Sanitisation
    • Contact with surfaces is inevitable and washing your hands is key to help prevent the spread of viruses. 75% Alcohol hand sanitisers are proven to kill 99% of viruses and Swiss and German researchers found that alcohol-based hand sanitizers recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) are effective in killing the novel coronavirus.
  • Disinfectant Stations
    • Using EPA-registered disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces lowers the risk of spreading infection. Although not a lot of research has been done onto how long Covid-19 can live on fabrics, however it can live on hard surfaces

All the above might seem like a lot if life ever gets back to normal post pandemic however the investment will still carry some tangible benefits. Pandemics are certainly not once in a generation events, over the past few decades we have seen break outs of all sorts of infectious diseases and viruses and unless the world leaders are going to commit to protective measures. They should also help to reduce the number of sick days, according to the office of national statistics “An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2018, the equivalent to 4.4 days per worker. The sickness absence rate was relatively flat between 2010 and 2018 and stood at 2.0% in 2018” If having the measures above can reduce the number of sick days through infection by half, it would saves business and the economy millions of pounds.  

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