When it comes to protecting employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial companies have a more difficult job than most. Since many industrial jobs must be performed on-site, it is challenging to enforce the social distancing protocols cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, workers frequently share tools and equipment, increasing the potential for cross-contamination.
In large industrial environments such as distribution centers, warehouses or manufacturing facilities, large spaces between workers lead to inefficiency and reduced productivity levels. Traditionally, workflows are designed to reduce the amount of time and distance an employee wastes moving from one location to another. And that often means employees are spaced closer than desired during the pandemic. Fortunately, industry leaders are taking some simple steps to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
1. Wearable Devices
Barcodes scanners are found throughout warehouses and distribution centers – and are often shared by multiple workers. New wearable devices are emerging as essential additions for increasing productivity in industrial settings. At first glimpse, it may seem that putting scanning devices on employees’ wrists would cause greater disease cross-contamination. But quite the opposite is true. Ergonomically designed wearable devices ensure the mount is the only thing that touches workers’ skin.
That’s why many industrial companies are buying hands-free, personal wearable devices (like Bluetooth ring scanners) to replace shared devices such as handheld barcode scanners. They are also