3 Ways to Build a Safer Workplace with RFID April 21th, 2022
Businesses are finding new ways to leverage this technology to protect employees’ physical and health safety.
Workplace safety is an essential part of morale, company culture and productivity. In a post-pandemic environment, however, headline news about threats to safety, data breaches and new COVID variants is doing little to soothe a nervous workforce. Fortunately, businesses can leverage RFID to help alleviate health and security concerns for employees who may be reluctant to return to work.
Employers who want to attract and retain workers should deploy RFID security and identity elements to their businesses as an extra layer of protection. Here are three ways RFID can ensure a safer workplace:
Access control: Adding RFID access control solutions like electric locks or card or biometric readers protects employees. It also enables companies to track who enters and exits and control who can enter an office or secure areas. RFID also restricts access to rooms, offices or files that contain personnel information, customers’ data or sensitive company information. In addition, the presence of a card reader or electric lock can deter mischief and discourage employees from accessing certain areas improperly.
According to Mordor Intelligence, the access control market will be valued at more than $11 billion by 2026. Analysts predict increased adoption in government and security agencies, which have improved their security by deploying RFID; however, businesses and organizations in healthcare, retail, hospitality, and transportation will also adopt these solutions.
Contact tracing: In a post-pandemic environment where variants are threatening the return to normal, RFID wristbands have emerged as an effective contact tracing tool at busy workplaces or venues with multitudes of people attending. These bands can be activated with users’ personal information and scanned with a mobile device or stationary reader at different locations. These contactless wristbands track a person’s movements, what time they were in each place and who they were with. Additionally, by scanning wristbands, a facility can count how many people enter an area to enforce limits and social distancing protocols.
In the event of an exposure, the wristband solution’s database has everything a company or employer needs to control, contact and inform people who have been exposed. Selectively notifying people means there’s no blanket notification, panic or shutting down “out of an abundance of caution” unless necessary.
Touchless entry: In various facilities, RFID lanyards or ID badges authenticate an employee or guest’s identity, grants access, and track when an employee enters an area. However, businesses and organizations also can implement solutions that automatically open a door, raise a gate or call an elevator so that people don’t have to touch knobs, handles or keypads.
Additionally, solutions that enable hands-free entry can enhance productivity and workplace safety for employees who carry devices or materials as a part of their jobs.
Provide RFID Solutions that Enhance Workplace Safety
Attention to workplace safety is always essential; however, more serious concerns have arisen over the past few years – from the pandemic to terroristic threats. Managers can’t ensure every person’s safety and pinpoint their locations at all times, but deploying RFID can help. Automating and controlling access to offices, restricted areas, and sensitive information can secure offices and control who comes and goes.
Furthermore, RFID solutions designed for workplace safety can help to create a more positive environment and culture. For example, employees can have the assurance that only authorized people are in their facility and that they’ll be notified immediately if a co-worker or guest has tested positive for coronavirus. They’ll also have the convenience of access control that works with them as they move throughout a facility.
By leveraging RFID, solution providers can help remove friction from employees’ daily tasks while keeping them and their workplaces safe.