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Social Distancing Tech Solutions Showcased in New Report to Assist Industries’ Return to Work

Roddy Cormack

Published byRoddy Cormack

17th July 2020

Social Distancing Tech Solutions Showcased in New Report to Assist Industries’ Return to Work

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP has published a report to help a variety of industries manage social distancing in their working environments.

The commissioned report is hoped will help those in sectors who may find social distancing particularly challenging to implement, such as retail and hospitality, as they continue their return to work.

While social distancing measures have been eased to an extent for certain sectors, the general guidance remains that employees should maintain physical distancing as much as possible.

Produced in partnership with 4c Engineering to scope out various technologies that can assist with social distancing management, WJM has made the report available to download for free to help those in industries returning to work adhere to new laws introduced as a result of COVID-19.

Roddy Cormack, WJM Legal Director, said: “From an early stage of the pandemic it was clear there would be a need to implement social distancing in most workforces at some point.

“As a member of the construction law team at WJM, my initial thought was how difficult this would be for contractors and on-site workers, however, a whole host of sectors are facing similar challenges. Although restrictions for construction workers have been eased a bit further this week where appropriate PPE is used, there are many other industries which will be struggling with social distancing.

“Manufacturing, hospitality and leisure are now starting their return to work, and maintaining a distance from others isn’t as simple for people working in those areas as it may be in an office environment, for example.

“It’s evident that a huge number of employers are facing some significant challenges and unprecedented legal compliance matters when it comes to social distancing, so as a firm, we felt it was important to do something that could help our clients in addition to traditional legal counsel.

“We knew technology is where the most innovative solutions would lie, so we commissioned 4c Engineering to scope out what technologies and products were on the market that could help with social distancing adherence.”

WJM and 4c Engineering secured financial assistance from the Highland and Islands Enterprise’s EU-funded Small Innovation Grant programme to produce the report.

As well as helping employers identify which products are available, it is hoped the findings will also benefit product developers in their quest to improve upon the solutions currently on the market.

Roddy continued: “While lockdown measures are slowly continuing to ease in Scotland, it remains a difficult period for many industries. I hope this report will make it easier for business owners to research the various options available to them which can help them overcome some of the challenges they’re facing right now.”

Peter Macdonald, Director at 4c Engineering, said: “Having worked on rapid PPE development at the beginning of the pandemic, we fully understand the importance of responding to different industries’ changing needs at this difficult time.

“There are a lot of tech solutions available on the market right now, ranging from Bluetooth to radar and optical sensors, but it can be extremely time consuming and overwhelming for business owners to research all the options and decide which one best meets their needs. Hopefully this report will make that job easier.”

The report can be viewed here SIG Consolidation Report - Public.pdf

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