Tech Defenders, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company that focuses on repurposing and remarketing mobile devices, says it has partnered with a local company HealthBaar LLC, a team of certified nurses, to provide daily health screenings to the information technology asset disposition (ITAD) company’s employees. The screenings are among the measures Tech Defenders is taking to ensure the safety of its employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The health and safety of our employees and customers have always been our first priority, which is why we had started taking proactive COVID-targeted measures even before any shelter in place order, and now we are faced with this pandemic challenge in full swing,” says Tech Defenders CEO Garry VonMyhr. “Over time, we’ve chosen to add many other elements to our health and safety policy because, at the end of the day, you cannot put a price on safety.”
Tech Defenders says it has remained in operation from the start of the outbreak and has been instituting new ways to keep its employees safe and healthy. All employees who can work remotely have been doing so since mid-March. For employees who must work on-site, all workstations have been moved 6 feet apart and are sanitized three times per day. HealthBaar also is performing daily health checks that include taking their temperatures and asking them screening questions. Gloves and masks are provided as well.
“The world is turned upside down right now, and we want to do our part in putting it back together,” HealthBaar owner Nathan Baar says.
Lisa Cooper, director of Human Resources at Tech Defenders, says the company also has collaborated with other health care professionals, safety consultants, employment attorneys and HR advisors “to ensure we stay on the cutting edge of the latest CDC workplace health standards and common-sense best practices.”
She adds that Tech Defenders is offering a free, confidential employee assistance program to provide virtual mental health consultations and support.
Tech Defenders says the company has had no COVID-19 cases among its employees during the outbreak. Its facilities and cleaning teams clean and sanitize the common areas twice daily, all work stations are sanitized after every break and lunch. Additionally, sanitizing fog is used throughout the facility, all packages are treated with sanitizing spray when they are received and conference rooms are wiped down after every meeting.
Sanitizing stations have been added throughout the facility, as well, and employees are encouraged to wipe down everything they touch and to sanitize their hands constantly, the company says.