by Brianna Crandall — July 15, 2020 — Building and facilities managers (FMs) and construction firms striving to prevent the spread of COVID-19 now have a touchless, lower-cost way to check in to a building or construction site while protecting personal health data. Available today from start-up San Francisco-based app development firm Safe Site Check In, the “Safe Site Check In” app streamlines the job site check-in process for construction workers, subcontractors, facilities staff, property managers, inspectors and realtors and can be used for a wide variety of facilities and organizations.
To use Safe Site Check In, employees and visitors point their smartphone at a unique QR code posted at the job site and answer coronavirus health-related questions required by local health directives — no download required. They are denied or approved access to the construction or job site and receive a daily digital entry badge. Site supervisors and human resources (HR) administrators can see the health status of all on-site employees and visitors and are immediately notified of potential health issues.
Personal health information is stored on the user’s smartphone, not by the construction company. This provides an added level of privacy while eliminating the risks and costs of HIPAA compliance and local data privacy laws.
Kyle Peacock, CEO, Peacock Construction, who provided the impetus for the creation of the app when sign-in sheets and fast-moving turnstiles were replaced by temperature checks, PPE briefings and online health surveys as the Bay Area went under lockdown in March, stated:
We’re successfully using Safe Site Check In at 43 construction sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We estimate 250-500 people per day use it, allowing us to do our part for employees, clients and the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The app has also boosted productivity, saving about two hours per site, per day, as employees safely return to work.
The construction industry represents 6.3 of the gross domestic product (GDP), generating over $1.3B annually and employing more than 11 million people in the US. Yet many construction firms have outdated and time-consuming processes for job site check-in, says the company.
These include paper-based forms and shared tablets that don’t allow for social distancing and are risky to handle and time consuming to enforce, adds the company. Enterprise suite solutions can be complex and expensive and unable to quickly address the current need for safe on-site check-ins.
Safe Site Check In is designed to be simple to deploy, with broad applicability across a variety of industries as businesses and consumers work together to ensure public health and safety while protecting private health information.
David Ward, founder and CEO of Safe Site Check In, remarked:
The construction industry has long needed a better way to manage job site check-in. Meeting the COVID-19 challenge to reopen our economy is driving firms to exploit mobile and cloud technologies to keep employees safe. Safe Site Check In is extraordinarily easy to use, and addresses compliance and site management issues cost effectively while driving productivity and profitability for construction firms.
Safe Site Check In says the app was built using Google Cloud for continuous availability, speed, reliability and security.
The Safe Site Check In app is available immediately at a special promotional price for IoS and Android phones, tablets and any browser.