Touchless Access Control: the future in your workplace

As the global economy slowly starts to pick itself up in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world are having to make big changes to stay afloat and keep employees safe. It is likely that restrictions to our movements, activities, and way of life will remain for many months, or even years to come, so it’s vital that organisations find new ways to operate without putting workers or customers at risk. 

Many companies will be continuing to encourage working from home to reduce the number of people coming into contact with one another in the workplace. For those who must go into their office or factory to work, there might be a new normal to get used to, with rearranged desks, compulsory gloves and masks, and staggered shift times. 

The areas in the workplace which pose the greatest risk for contracting or transmitting the virus are those which see the highest traffic volumes and those which have lots of shared hard surfaces that will be touched by multiple individuals. One area of significant risk is doors and entrances, where handles, push bars, keypads, and exit buttons may be touched hundreds of times a day by anyone who passes through the door. 

What can you do to make your workplace safer?

The solution to minimise and mitigate the risk of virus transmission at access points is to limit the need for contact between each individual passing through and the physical environment. Touchless access control ensures that staff and visitors can move freely throughout the building without ever needing to touch a shared surface. 

Automatic doors can be installed to eliminate the need to pull a handle or push a door, and infrared sensors require no touching at all to trigger the door to open; just waving your hand near the reader is sufficient. When security is paramount, there are a range of contact-free solutions to allow only authorised individuals to activate an automatic door. Issuing cards or tags to each staff member allows security managers to customise authorisation lists for any door, while ensuring touchless access on entry and exit. Automatic doors may also be triggered directly from within a smartphone app, completely eliminating the need for a user to make physical contact with the entryway. 

As your business makes changes to adapt to the new normal and keep everyone as safe as possible in the workplace, think carefully about the physical environment and the areas within it which see the highest traffic and have the most shared surfaces. For your doorways and entrances, an automatic door powered by a touchless access solution is the best way to minimise the risk of virus transmission.


Find out more about touchless security solutions to keep your staff safe.

 

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