ReturnSafe Experiences Triple-Digit Growth As Companies Look For A Safe Way To Keep Their Doors Open And Communities Safe During The Coronavirus Pandemic

ReturnSafe Experiences Triple-Digit Growth As Companies Look For A Safe Way To Keep Their Doors Open And Communities Safe During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Backed by Active Capital, ReturnSafe’s BioSecurity Platform has been implemented by more than thirty organizations as part of their return to office protocols

ReturnSafe, a mission-driven BioSecurity company focused on workplace health safety, announced today that since the beginning of May, more than 30 organizations have adopted the ReturnSafe BioSecurity Platform to help keep their work environments safe for their communities.

“In February, I started to see the human and economic destruction unfold in Asian countries due to the Coronavirus and knew that soon, the virus would be impacting us here in the United States,” said Tarun Nimmagadda, Founder and CEO of ReturnSafe. “Based on history and the infectious diseases that have come before, I recognized that waiting for a vaccine could take a very long time and it would not be the silver bullet that everyone hoped for. I knew that the only way to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to help businesses stay open was to offer a solution that would screen, test and trace COVID-19 in the workplace.”

The ReturnSafe BioSecurity Platform offers organizations an end to end solution that slows the spread of infectious diseases by implementing critical daily screening with a symptoms diary and recommendations governed by HR policies; testing data management for quick notification of a positive test; and Bluetooth contact-tracing via smartphone and hardware wearables at the workplace including a built-in social distancing alarm.

“We have been pleased with ReturnSafe as a solution to manage the safety of employees at corporate, regional and property locations in multiple states,” said Mark H. Dambly, President of Pennrose. “Our property management and maintenance teams are essential employees and have been reporting to work throughout the shutdowns, and with the pandemic, we needed to find a scalable solution that would allow us to screen our 400+ person workforce. The ReturnSafe BioSecurity Platform enables us to conduct daily screening and contact tracing, which helps our Human Resources team manage risks associated with keeping our employees safe at work.”

ReturnSafe supports businesses in various industries including health and senior care organizations, educational institutions, event venues, non-profits, hospitality, manufacturing, law, real estate, financial services and more, throughout the United States including Hawaii, and Canada and the United Kingdom.

Founded by Tarun Nimmagadda, Jikku Venkat (Chief Technology and Head of Product), Dr. Reef Gillum (Chief Medical Officer) and Jason Story (Vice President of Business Development and Sales), ReturnSafe draws from the deep experience of the founders in public health policy, healthcare IT systems, consumer technology and enterprise software development.

“The majority of businesses, from schools and non-profit organizations to nursing homes and event venues, are rapidly searching for ways to get back to work safely,” said Pat Matthews, Founder and CEO of Active Capital. “We believe ReturnSafe is uniquely positioned to holistically address this challenge. Their founding team has the experience and mission-driven focus to truly make a difference and we are thrilled to support their journey.”

ReturnSafe Press Contact:
Monica Ma at +15105518553
monica@returnsafe.com

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – October 15, 2020

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – October 15, 2020

At ReturnSafe, we work with organizations across Business, Education, Manufacturing, Sports & Entertainment, Hospitality and beyond. This month, we collected a few stories to share how our customers are using ReturnSafe’s BioSecurity platform to return to work. 

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3 Return to Work Plans From Industry Leaders

3 Return to Work Plans From Industry Leaders

These businesses have published their extensive coronavirus health & safety protocols

With the world reopening and some semblance of ‘normalcy’ starting to return, companies of all shapes and sizes are beginning to come up with what their ‘return to work’ plan will be. These plans need to be instituted to not only ensure that their facilities, factories and store fronts meet new local, regional and national health and safety standards, but they also need to calm fears amongst their workforce, customer base, vendors and visitors in order to get things up and running again. We rounded up three leaders in the fields of: automotive, hospitality and food processing who have published detailed plans for their new health and safety protocols in the coronavirus world.

The Automotive Coronavirus Return to Work Playbook

tesla return to work plan

Tesla released something called their “Return to Work Playbook” where they outline everything from facilities improvements, employee training, screening, social distancing, and new overall processes for daily life at their California plants. The playbook begins by outlining a set of “readiness checks” for all facilities, including: verifying all indoor and outdoor areas that people may come into contact with have been cleaned and sanitized, checking that air filters are in proper working order, assuring that social distancing is made possible by reduced occupancy across tight areas and enclosed spaces, and generally guaranteeing that all onsite precautions have been made. Next, the playbook goes on to detail about how the workforce will be trained on the new processes in place to best maintain a healthy and safe work environment, including another readiness checklist. Finally, the document moves onto how the team will control access to the campus in order to ensure the maintenance of all other protocols, including: temperature screening, employee self-checks, and a list of processes to go through if someone does test positive for COVID-19.  

How Hotels Will Return to Welcoming Guests

four seasons hospitality return to work plan

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts recently announced a partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine International called, Lead With Care. This partnership will provide the guidelines for their reopening across the international brand. Johns Hopkins experts will be validating new Four Seasons health and safety protocols and will provide ongoing guidance as they are implemented. “Along with already-commonplace measures such as more sanitizers, masks and heightened cleaning and hygiene, our collaboration with Johns Hopkins equips our property teams with access to leading international experts and real-time COVID-19 information, enhancing our tools and training to deliver an experience grounded in safety and trust,” says Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The program has two phases: “Review & Validation” and “Ongoing Guidance.” First, they are completing a thorough review of all existing practices at each property and will implement new practices as necessary. Some of these new practices include: installing a “Hygiene Officer” at each hotel, increasing the frequency with which areas are disinfected, and equipping each guest room with a “Lead With Care Kit”, which offers face masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Moreover, according to their initial press release regarding the program, “the ongoing collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine International team [will include] direct access to curated critical updates, relevant COVID-19 research outcomes, and expert advice to ensure real-time adjustments to operating procedures.”

Essential Businesses Remain Proactive While Returning to Work

factory industrial processes return to work coronavirus

Many of the Cargill facilities were deemed essential due to being food processing and industrial platns so their employees and partners haven’t missed a beat since the beginning of the pandemic. And now as we all move into this new phase of the crisis, they have also been working on a set of standards that will be in place going forward to best protect their workforce, customers and partners from airborne diseases. According to a recent statement on the safety of their North American meat processing facilities, “In partnership with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, OSHA and other national and local health officials, we are proactively putting into place the latest available safety protocols appropriate for the contexts in which we operate.” Some of the new measures they are taking include: implementing a screening survey for anyone entering a plant, temperature screening each day, limiting all unnecessary visitors, increasing the already high level of daily sanitation, installing protective barriers on the production floor and providing appropriate PPE for employees. Beyond the in-plant process updates, they have also put together a set of community-focused guidelines, such as: providing buses that are retrofitted with protective barriers between seats to alleviate the need for carpooling in a safe, sanitary way and a long term focus on building awareness of social distancing best practices inside and outside of work for everyone in their ecosystem. 

Is your business currently working on a ‘return to work’ plan or are you looking for a contact tracing app? If so, we can help you automate the implementation process and advise on how to create a best in class holistic solution so you can hit the ground running in a safe and secure way going forward. We deliver automation, accountability and compliance for businesses reopening after the coronavirus shutdowns. Book a demo with us to find out how we do that! Learn how it works.

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – September 15, 2020

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – September 15, 2020

We are excited to announce our first virtual event! On September 23rd, we will be hosting a free webinar to discuss how South Texas College of Law Houston implemented ReturnSafe to keep their school open and safe. Register below!

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How Will You Meet The CDC Guidelines For Returning To Work?

When looking for a reopening solution for your organization, you need to know how it will meet CDC guidelines for returning to work. The key criterion for such organizations are outlined in the CDC’s ‘Restart Readiness Checklist’. Let’s see how our solution can help you tick those boxes. 

CDC Guidelines For Returning To Work

Monitor federal, state, and local public health communications about COVID-19

In order to stay ahead of COVID-19, you need access to up to date federal, state, and local COVID-19 information and guidelines. Our experts are constantly monitoring the situation and we will ensure that you are in compliance with all necessary guidelines. 

Ensure workers have access to current information 

Keeping your employees informed gives them peace of mind knowing that you are looking out for their best interests. When an administrator receives a COVID-19 update they can notify their employees and/or adjust their workplace policies if needed via our screening and contact tracing app. 

Check local public health information and the CDC COVID-19 website daily, or as needed depending on local conditions.

An effective solution is localized and customizable. Our platform’s policy recommendations are informed by local public health guidance. 

Reinforce how employees can protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by communicating: 

If you have symptoms, notify your supervisor and stay home.

If you are sick, follow CDC recommended steps, and do not return to work until you meet criteria to discontinue home isolation. 

An effective solution educates and empowers employees to monitor and protect themselves. Our daily screening app generates customized employee recommendations daily. Users receive reminders to record symptoms in a quick and easy-to-use daily screening survey. After completing the screening process the app generates a recommendation to come to work or stay home based on the policies your organization has in place. Employers can fine-tune sick employees’ recommendations to meet their organization’s preferences and align with CDC guidelines for returning to work in their area. 

Plan for conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks (e.g. symptom and/or health screenings) before employees enter the facility. 

The CDC guidelines for returning to work recommend that organizations implement a daily screening protocol for employees to follow before they enter the workplace. In-person screenings invite workplace exposure to symptomatic employees. Our digital screening solution eliminates this risk by giving people the ability to screen before they leave their house via our mobile app. 

Establish social distancing policies and practices 

Utilizing Bluetooth technology, our app has a social distance alarm feature that can buzz to let employees know if they have come within 6 feet of another person for more than 1-minute. This helps users monitor their behavior and ensure they are practicing social distancing throughout the workday. 

Develop an action plan for suspected/confirmed cases

In order to effectively combat the pandemic you must have a plan in place to respond to sick employees and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases. This plan must ensure infected employees isolate and potentially exposed employees are contacted. Our BioSecurity Portal allows you to immediately alert exposed employees while maintaining the infected employee’s confidentiality. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 our solution automatically triggers contact tracing based on the bluetooth data collected and the symptom screening information to discover who is potentially at risk for transmission. 

Interested in learning more? Book a demo and we can help you create a plan that complies with CDC guidelines for returning to work. See how it works. Check out our industry-specific pages

Return to Work App Best Practices

Return to Work App Best Practices

What should you be looking for in a Return to Work app? This is new no matter your industry and understanding the options for Return to Work tools can be difficult and the literature can be overwhelming, but the bottom line is ensuring employee safety. As you search for solutions to help bring your team back to work during COVID-19, we recommend ensuring your return to work app follows these best practices.

daily health screening return to work app

Return to work apps need to be easy to use

A good Return to Work app is easy to use. Daily screening apps do what they were meant to do only if people fill out the survey every single day. So a straightforward, easy-to-use application encourages compliance with company policies. When the app is simple to use, your team won’t mind incorporating it into their workday. 

They must also remind employees to follow the guidelines

The app must communicate effectively with users. What does this look like? This means the app should remind users to fill out their daily health screening. This means that the app should remind users to remain at least 6 feet away from others. And this means that the app should alert people if they were exposed to someone who tested positive. 

Comply with all regulations and health guidelines 

The ideal return to work app allows administrators to customize survey questions according to CDC, OSHA, state, and local health and safety policies, as well as industry standards. The solution should make it easy for you to comply and track all necessary information, while also taking a pragmatic approach to user privacy and security. 

For a reopening to be sustainable and effective, employees must feel comfortable with the technology they are using to report, monitor, and alert others of their symptoms and behaviors in the workplace. Having an app that prompts screening and distancing is the best way to get ahead of the disease. 

Return to work apps need to take privacy just as seriously as safety 

When we consider the application from the user’s perspective it is paramount to take into account privacy. Users need to know that their information is secure if they are going to trust it. They want to know that the tracking data is confined to the workplace and that it is clear how their contact tracing and screening data will be used. 

When it comes to data protection, privacy, & security measures, look out for the following keywords to ensure your application is following best practices and industry standards. 

HIPAA Compliant
AICPA SOC2 Certification
GDPR
NIST Security Framework
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
CAIQ v 3.1

Returning to work 

We are living in an uncertain and fast-changing time. Does your organization have a system in place to prepare, prevent, and rapidly respond to biological threats to keep your team safe? Book a demo to learn more about how ReturnSafe’s solution can help. 

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