Covid-19 risk and worker health: here’s why Kalmo Smart Monitoring protects your company from a legal standpoint

March 9, 2021

Covid-19 virus spreads easily in closed environments shared by many people for extended periods of time. For this reason, within offices, production departments, warehouses and other workplaces, it is essential to pay special attention to compliance with the regulations established by health authorities in order to limit the risk of spreading the infection and avert the creation of outbreaks.

Kalmo Smart Monitoring is an outsourced service designed to help companies counter the spread of the virus within their workspaces: by entering a few simple pieces of data into the appropriate application-intuitive and easy to use directly on a smartphone-each worker is able to get an objective assessment of his or her level of risk of having contracted the virus in a matter of seconds, and is then empowered to implement the appropriate prevention measures.

Kalmo Smart Monitoring is a key tool for protecting workers’ health, but it is also an important legal protection for companies. Indeed, the decision to equip themselves with the suite allows employers to minimize the risk of spreading contagion among their employees, and it perfectly meets the requirements of occupational safety legislation, which clearly specifies the obligation to provide employees with up-to-date and effective tools for the prevention of all kinds of risks.

Kalmo Smart Monitoring: the importance of using Best Available Technology (BAT)

Laws regulating safety in the workplace and various Supreme Court rulings specify that every employer is required to constantly review his or her internal organizational models, so as to verify that the preventive measures adopted are truly effective in relation to all risks that may pose a threat to workers’ safety.

The regulations also emphasize that risk containment measures must take into account scientific and technological progress, so that workers are always provided with “Best Available Technology” (MTD), i.e., the most technologically advanced tools that can ensure their safety.

Against this regulatory backdrop, opting for the Kalmo Smart Monitoring suite is an important safeguard for the employer. Indeed, in the event of litigation, the company will be able to prove that it has addressed the risk of spreading Covid-19 by equipping itself with an effective, technologically advanced, and easy-to-use tool, thus doing everything in its power to best protect the health of its employees, including the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.

Tracking and management of swab results

The spread of Covid-19 is facilitated by the fact that many of the people who contract the virus are asymptomatic and thus may, quite unknowingly, transmit the infection to members of their household or co-workers. In order to limit this risk, it is essential that everyone constantly respects the rules established by health authorities (use of a mask, frequent cleaning of hands and surfaces, opening windows to encourage air exchange, respecting interpersonal distance), but it is also possible to provide screening campaigns using nasal swabs, which give the possibility of detecting even asymptomatic infected people.

Tests of this kind are particularly useful at the company level because they can be carried out directly in the workplace, involving the occupational physician or other health personnel: in this way, the health status of all employees can be checked periodically, nipping any outbreaks of infection in the bud.

Currently, nasal swabs cannot be self-administered, but must be administered by health personnel registered with the Ministry of Health, the region, and the province, so as to facilitate data collection and facilitate contact tracing of those who may test positive. Kalmo Smart Monitoring allows this procedure to be simplified because the test taker’s data can be pre-recorded within the application and associated with the time and location of each individual swab. Each test is in turn linked to the employee who took it by an alphanumeric code. In this way, the transmission of data collected through swab screening is quick and secure, with complete respect for the privacy of all tested employees, and allows the company to protect itself from the risk of spreading contagion, as well as from possible litigation.

A tool to protect the company in the long run

The Covid-19 virus is particularly insidious because the scientific community has no definitive data on its long-term consequences. This makes it unfortunately impossible at the moment to know precisely what the possible long-term effects are for those who contract the infection, nor what percentage of those infected develop serious outcomes, nor after how long symptoms or ailments in any way referable to the virus may occur.

For this reason, too, it is crucial for companies to be able to track their actions against Covid-19, so that they can demonstrate even after time has passed that they have implemented the appropriate prevention measures. The Kalmo Smart Monitoring suite makes it possible to store all the data provided by employees and the results of any swabs taken, and is therefore a safeguard not only for the health of workers, but also for the company, which can be assured that it is correctly and accurately collecting all of its employees’ health data and storing it over time, putting itself at risk of sanctions and litigation.