Strategic partnership transforms safe return to work

As many Australians start to slowly trickle back into the office, there’s no doubt our perceptions of a ‘safe’ workplace have dramatically shifted as we continue to adapt to the global pandemic. 

Several industries have been hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19, not only from an economic perspective, but also in terms of employee health with workplace absenteeism currently costing Australian businesses around $4,025 per employee, per year — totalling an approximate annual cost of $7 billion to the Australian economy. 

While businesses continue to operate under COVID-safe plans to protect their people, ADG Health recently partnered with Queensland-based Workplace Medicine Australia to take this a step further.

Our strategic collaboration has seen the development of an innovative, digital risk management process — the COVID-19 Support System — integrating infrared thermography scanning and medical support functions, allowing organisations to conduct mass screening for COVID-19 symptoms and safely manage return to work.

Our engineering expertise, combined with Workplace Medicine Australia’s medical knowledge, has enabled organisations to implement an automated approach to early detection of potentially infected staff members, with a confidential and tailored app-based reporting system included to minimise the risk of identified individuals impacting the wider workforce.

ADG Engineers Team Lead James O’Brien said the rollout of the COVID-19 Support System will be vital in helping safeguard the Australian community from additional COVID-19 cases.

“The regular and proactive scanning of staff members returning to a shared workspace for indicators of fever or possible respiratory tract infection is vital in managing and containing potential infection in organisations, and will help to stop the unnecessary spread of viruses like COVID-19 and influenza among our Australian workforce,” he said.

“Through the early detection and management of employees who present symptoms upon entering the workplace, our Queensland-developed systems aim to ensure the health of hundreds of vital contributors to the economy and optimise capability within workforces not just state-wide, but across the country.”

An iteration of this game-changing technology was rolled out in June at a large construction site office compound in Melbourne’s CBD, with further implementation of the system due to take place across additional sites in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales in coming months.

The COVID-19 Support System complements the COVID-19 testing processes approved by the Australian Government, and best-practice confidentiality and medical protocols as set out by the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP).