Watch this before you remove your biometric device!
We have had a number of clients call in asking for other options because “the government has told them to remove or disable all biometric scanners”.
I would like to give some guidance on this issue.
You can either watch the video below or read the blog.
Documents of interest:
- South African OHS Regulation for COVID-19 response in business
- Ouch! recommended practice for biometric scanners
- Kyknet video interview with a pathologist explaining how the virus reacts on surfaces
I refer you to an early blog I wrote, before the lock-down, where I discussed what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for biometric devices. Please read that here.
The government has since published a set of regulations (click here to download) that outlines what every business needs to have in place when opening up after lock-down. There has been a lot of misinformation about the use of biometric scanners and I would like to clear this up.
Clause 28.3 of the regulation states that every employer must either disable their biometric devices or make them COVID-19 proof. It is therefore not true to say that all biometric devices are banned. It simply means your biometric unit will have to be sanitised regularly as you will do for any other touchpoints in your business.
Keep in mind that we still open doors with door handles and we use our hands. We use our hands to hold coffee mugs, to work the mouse and keyboard at the PC and we touch our phones. It is impossible to expect employees to stop touching things and therefore the only sensible thing to do is to regularly sanitise those areas.
Last night one of our employees captured a video of an insert on Kyknet who interviewed a pathologist from Pathcare. Watch the video (it’s in Afrikaans) and make up your minds on what your reaction will be going forward. Click here.
We want to be part of the solution and we are serious about combatting the effects of COVID-19 on the lives and livelihoods of our South African citizens. By no means am I disputing the necessity to take the regulations seriously, but I want to at least leave you, our client, with an alternative option to spending huge sums of money on substitute technology like facial recognition and nontactile scanners.
Looking forward to a new world!
Whatever you do, do not give up on your dreams.