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In the Workplace: Social Distancing and Contact Tracing

By Sarah Essich on June 2, 2020 |


If you had asked yourself or any of your coworkers several months ago about the concept of social distancing or contact tracing, my hunch is that not many of you would have a clear definition or further, the ability to clearly lay out a plan for implementation in the workplace. Over the last several weeks, as companies plan to return to work, social distancing and the ability to effectively contact trace has been added to the check lists of pandemic teams across the country and around the world. Lets explore how these terms are defined and the guidance that has been recommended. 

Social Distancing, as defined by the CDC, is keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. The recommended distance is 6 feet, or two arms lengths, from another human being. Never before have we had to consciously consider our proximity to another with the knowledge that not adhering to the recommendation could compromise the health of yourself, your family, or the person you have come in contact with. Now insert the image of your workplace. How often do you come within 6 foot of another person? Companies are now redesigning their workspaces to adhere to this guidance. Squares of carpet are being replaced with visual markers, signs are being hung up, and physical barriers are being installed. 

How can technology be implemented as an additional tool toward reducing the spread of illness?

The second piece of the equation is contact tracing. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, contact tracing is assisting a patient, with suspected or confirmed infection, to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. Should an employee at your workplace be considered contagious, would they know the name of every individual they came in contact with? For large organizations, distribution centers, or manufacturing plants, it feels like an unimaginable task. In addition, it is imperative that the name of the suspected COVID-19 patient is not disclosed to other employees for privacy concerns. Currently, a good portion of companies are tackling contact tracing by asking the ill employee to write down the names of their coworkers with whom they came in contact, while also estimating the durations of each contact.

How can technology be implemented as an additional tool toward reducing the spread of illness?

Modjoul has been working around the clock to use our expertise in the field of workplace safety to help support our customers as they safely return to work, while preventing the spread of illness among their employees through screening, social distancing and contact tracing tools. Interested in more information, check out our website.


This blog expresses the personal opinion of its writer and is not intended to provide or be used for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.

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