15 Apr Care for your workforce without tracking them
The Federal Government is planning on rolling out tracking software to reduce the impact of COVID-19. But you can keep your workforce safe without the need for tracking.
It was revealed this week that the Australian Government is working on an app called TraceTogether which would track the movements of any Australian that has been in contact with COVID-19.
The app, still at least a fortnight away from being launched, would be completely voluntary with those impacted by COVID-19 asked to opt-in.
It is understood that for the app to be effective, over 40 per cent of Australians that have been in contact with COVID-19 would need to sign up.
“We need a greater degree of tracing capability for contacts, and that can happen much more quickly than it does now,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
It is hoped that by using this tracking technology current restrictions could be lifted in a much shorter timeframe.
Following the lead of Singapore’s tracking strategy
Australia is not the first country to entertain the idea of using tracking technology on its citizens to thwart the spread of COVID-19.
Singapore has already rolled out the TraceTogether technology in a bid to get people infected with COVID-19 to report their movements, activities and who they have been in contact with.
Like Australia’s plan, Singapore has made this voluntary and they have reported just a 20 per cent takeup of the app.
Protect your workers without the need for tracking
The low takeup of TraceTogether in Singapore has highlighted the reluctance individuals and businesses have in signing up to be tracked by their government.
Under current legislation, the Federal Government can already access your mobile phone and internet records including phone calls and who you have contacted.
Changes to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 means this has extended to encrypted messages on apps like WhatsApp as well.
For those feeling uneasy about surrendering further private data to government agencies, there are alternative apps that can protect your workforce without the need for tracking.
It has also been deployed by International Assistance Group for use by health providers and emergency services in countries around the world.
It operates on a survey system, allowing management to send mass emails to their workers, contractors and visitors to complete before they access job sites.
If there is any risk of them being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, alerts are sent to a central portal as well as through SMS and email so that they can be denied access to these premises.
SPR also works in reverse, meaning workers that need to access job sites or residential homes can send the survey to the occupants before entering the premises.
And SPR also has built-in mental health checks and risk assessment solutions to ensure total compliance and a way to protect workers without tracking their movement.
SPR is totally free for small businesses (up to 50 licences) and not-for-profit organisations, with heavily reduced, scaled rates for larger companies.