In most of the country, construction work falls under "essential" category, and we have to continue working with key infrastructure projects while maintaining the safety of our employees. Some of the steps that we could take to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in field work management includes:
- Promote safety measurements at workplace – encourage frequent hand washing in the office, and provide hand sanitizers/disinfecting wipes to field staff.
- Increase frequency of cleaning and discourage staff from sharing devices.
- Provide flexibility with sick leave and caring for family members that are sick.
- Minimize contact by encouraging virtual meetings.
- If feasible, allow desk-job employees to work from home.
- Establish alternating days or extra shifts that reduces the total number of employees at a given time, while maintaining a full onsite work week.
- Continuously check CDC travel warning levels at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers
Now more than ever, we need to rely on technology to help us continue running our day to day tasks. Companies that have been using an integrated mobile field work management software are ahead of the game, and are finding it easier to navigate through this crisis while others are scrambling to establish procedures to minimize the impact of COVID-19.
If you fall into the latter category, now is the time to evaluate your current system and consider investing in a mobile workflow solution to ensure that you’re always prepared to send reports to your clients in a timely manner. Gone are the days that it took weeks to deploy a new application. Modern Constructions Materials Testing and Inspection software such as eFieldData, can be deployed quickly (within a day). End users would be able to download the application from Apple App Store (iTunes) or Google Play Store and be productive instantaneously as eFieldData is intuitive and easy to navigate.
Below are some useful websites on COVID-19:
- CDC Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America : https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
- Current Situation in FL: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
- From NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-preparation-preparedness.html