AI tool offers lifeline to food businesses required to manage employee health and Covid-19 risks
?An AI employee health data management tool is offering a lifeline to food businesses required by law to ensure the health and safety of their employees returning to work.
Created by Delfin Health and DocHQ, Klarity has been developed to help companies predict, monitor and test the health and safety of their diverse workforce. It can give them a real-time clinical understanding of the health of their workers which include food inspectors, food handlers, packers, managers, cleaners, maintenance contractors and delivery workers.
“The very nature of food production means there are many different functions and roles within food manufacturing,” said Will Cooper, founder and CEO at Delfin Health. “And, because these workers are directly involved in food processing and the handling of food production, employers are required by law to follow specific government guidelines.
tools like Klarity can both mitigate any potential employer liability risks and provide a long-term solution to a health crisis.”ails to complete a risk assessment that takes Covid-19 into account could be in a breach of health and safety law. Employers therefore need to prioritise managing the risks properly. They need to consider the wider context of the workforce to ensure there are no weaknesses in procedures that may put them and their employees at risk. This is where
The comprehensive solution will help food businesses address their employees’ anxieties associated with returning to a safe work environment and about the future. It offers health risk assessments using explainable AI to determine the severity of Covid-19 for each employee. It also offers accurate and ongoing testing to assess their Covid-19 status, and continuous surveillance and symptom checking to inform and reassure employees.
The various testing methodologies, which include group and randomised testing, allow employers to reduce the amount of testing required and minimise the risk of an outbreak in the currently active workforce, in particular by identifying asymptomatic cases which are thought to play a significant role in the transmission of the disease.
The testing process is guided by healthcare professionals who also interpret the results based on World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols and third party validation including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) and, where relevant, rapid antibody tests. Clinicians can carry out testing, verify and upload results, as well as organise further follow-up consultations as required.
Cooper added: “It’s not enough for employers to simply rely on people using the test and trace government solution which tests only symptomatic people. There are cases of the virus spreading rapidly throughout food manufacturing units in the US and Germany – and no doubt elsewhere due to the conditions of the facilities which typically involve close contact. It’s also highly likely these units relied on just testing or returning home symptomatic people. It requires a systematic process of regular testing. Our solution allows the reduction of testing yet, through group and randomised testing, identifies the virus quickly.
“What’s more, as a long-term solution, it can help manufacturers stay operational during a potential second lockdown. Due to food being an essential industry, we have already seen them continue to operate during the first wave of Covid-19, albeit in a limited way which is putting their key workers at risk. If these are to remain open, they need to be able to monitor the health and safety of their staff in the?most efficient way.”
For more information on Klarity, visit: getklarity.io.