Global risk management firm, Anvil Group, launches COVID-19 'Fit to Work' app
A new app developed by global travel and operational risk company, Anvil Group, prompts employees to self-certify that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms, enabling employers to reduce the potential for infection in the workplace.
By: Anvil Group
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, additional hand hygiene, and the undertaking of 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."
"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."
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 need to undertake measures to protect themselves and their employees from staff members potentially entering the workplace with COVID-19 and infecting colleagues or 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.
Alongside the app, Anvil Group has also introduced a range of other COVID-19 support services. Information on the full range of services available can be found on Anvil's COVID-19 information portal at http://info.anvilgroup.com/