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First bluetooth contact tracing technology rolls out across mine sites

Bluetooth contact tracing
Bluetooth contact tracing

A mining services company will introduce a novel wireless solution to track employees who were close to infected individuals.

Bluetooth contact tracing technology will be rolled out for the first time across Mineral Resources’s operations.

The proponent contracted SaferMe to supply and set up hundreds of bluetooth cards across multiple mine sites and office locations. Staff and visitors will be required to attach the devices to their clothing when entering the workplace.

The cards are promised to automatically trace and report potential coronavirus (COVID-19) contacts each time the cards come within close proximity of each other. Their automated control measures are hoped to accelerate the isolation and quarantine process for close contacts after someone tests positive to COVID-19.

The employer claimed bluetooth contact tracing has already been integrated into its COVID-19 management plan. The plan already includes company paid face masks, regular rapid antigen tests, and polymerase chain reaction tests.

“When the borders are relaxed, our COVID-19 planning and preparations will ensure our workforce and business are well-equipped to face the challenges ahead,” company commodities chief executive Paul Brown said in a public statement.

“We have seen an extraordinarily positive response from our people to all the measures we have put in place to manage COVID-19 so far.”

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AMSJ April 2022