SafetyCulture works with entities like Coles, Ausgrid and State Emergency Services to digitise and adhere to safety, cleanliness and quality protocols and its iAuditor Premium app is now available to schools to help manage virus contamination free for a full academic year.
Administrators, teachers, parents and students will be able to view their school’s publicly available real-time data dashboard that shows the status of conditions and cleaning activities on the campus. Checklists and protocols can be modified to reflect the unique conditions and characteristics of each individual campus.
“Our technology has already helped some of the hardest hit industries in Australia get back to business. Digital checklists can help schools keep a rigorous record of daily hygiene and safety practices. iAuditor can also support educators to update and action new COVID-19 guidelines at a moment’s notice, which is key in such a rapidly changing environment,” said SafetyCulture COO Alistair Venn.
The initiative recently launched in the US with the Fontana Unified School District in California rolling out the iAuditor app to 45 schools to help keep 36,000 students and nearly four thousand staff safe from exposure while on campus.
“Like most industries, individual schools are looking to the Government, health bodies and professional associations to determine their safety procedures and protocols. New guidelines can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to miss those steps when regulations first come into force. Schools are having to work fast to adapt to the measures, on top of providing critical education, and it can mean that some aspects can be overlooked,” says Venn.
“Plus, the risks of COVID-19 are evolving on a daily basis. Schools cannot rely on the old methods of inefficient, infrequent paper and pen-based compliance audits. Only by empowering staff and their cleaning contractors to conduct frequent quick checks can our school system develop an early warning system to identify and remediate risks.”
SafetyCulture’s iAuditor app eases the complexity by digitising the new safety and hygiene measures with automated checklists so processes are easy to follow and can give school administrators real time visibility on any major issue.
Digital checklists allow for a rigorous record of daily hygiene and safety practices, as well as uploading photos and accompanying text regarding each task.
“Using checklists also makes sense in terms of speed – when things can change so rapidly, it’s important to distribute COVID-19 guidelines at a moment’s notice,” Venn says.
Staff can learn to use the app in less than ten minutes and most inspections can be completed in less than five. The app lets teachers, support staff and cleaning contractors to identify risks and report them instantly.
Schools’ iAuditor accounts will be pre-loaded with several inspection templates relevant to the school environment. Checklists and protocols can be modified to reflect each school’s situation.
“Our company has been built on helping complex, high-risk industries like construction and mining keep people safe and productive. We’re the world largest safety checklist app armed with learnings and we’re ready to put this experience to use to support the nation’s schools. We hope our technology can help the school system remain safe for students, educators and support staff,” he says.