While much of the country is working from home, furloughed or laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many construction workers continue to report to jobsites every day. As they put their lives on the line to build hospitals, shelters and other essential projects, it is vital that we do everything we can to protect them from the spread of coronavirus. Here are the ways that transitioning to paperless jobsites can help flatten the curve:
Reduced Physical Contact
According to OSHA’s guide on preparing workplaces for COVID-19, workers could become infected by “touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.” By removing paper from your project, you are eliminating one of the most common points of contact between team members. Paperless jobsites also enable the use hands-free devices, like AR glasses, which could limit physical transmission of the disease even further.
Cleaner Working Conditions
It’s impossible to disinfect paper with wipes or liquid sanitizers without destroying it. This is concerning because, although we don’t know exactly how long COVID-19 can survive on paper, some research suggests it could remain infectious for several days. So, the fewer paper surfaces you have on your project, the safer your workers will be.
Increased Social Distancing
Unlike sending electronic documents, workers have to be within arm’s length of each other to pass papers – much closer than the six-foot minimum recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). You’re also less likely to see groups of construction workers huddled together shoulder-to-shoulder on jobsites without printed drawings sets.
Safer Jobsite Coordination
Finally, paperless jobsites are more efficient jobsites, which is as good for your workers as it is for your bottom line. By making it easier to stagger work schedules and optimize crew sizes, digital solutions allow workers to keep social distancing without sacrificing productivity.
See how AR can help companies go paperless and keep remote workers connected to the jobsite.