New touchless app streamlines job site check in process
By Jenny Lescohier01 July 2020
A new touchless app aims to reduce the spread of Covid-19 on construction sites while protecting personal health information.
Available from startup Safe Site Check In, LLC, the new app is designed to offer a streamlined and lower-cost way to check in to a construction site while protecting the health and personal data of the construction workers, subcontractors, facilities staff, property managers, inspectors, and realtors who need access.
To use Safe Site Check In, employees and visitors point their smartphone at a unique QR code posted at the job site and answer Covid-19 health-related questions required by local health directives – no download required. They are denied or approved access to the construction site and receive a daily digital entry badge. Site supervisors and HR administrators can see the health status of all onsite 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.
“We’re successfully using Safe Site Check In at 43 construction sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We estimate 250 to 500 people per day use it,” said Kyle Peacock, CEO, Peacock Construction. “The app has also boosted productivity, saving about two hours per site, per day, as employees safely return to work.”
Traditional job site check in processes can be time consuming and complicated to enforce, involving paper-based forms and shared tablets that don’t allow for social distancing and are risky to handle. Enterprise suite solutions can be complex and expensive and cannot always quickly address the current need for safe onsite check ins.
The developer says Safe Site Check In was designed to be simple to deploy and has broad applicability across a variety of industries as businesses.
“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,” says David Ward, founder and CEO of Safe Site Check In, LLC. “Safe Site Check In is easy to use and addresses compliance and site management issues cost effectively while driving productivity and profitability for construction firms.”