As some businesses return to the office for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and with the Delta variant posing new challenges, Selective Insurance is proactively adopting the same tech innovation that helped the New Zealand Government effectively mitigate the spread of the virus in businesses.
AUSTIN, TX (Sept. 8, 2021) -- Leading contact tracing app provider SaferMe announced today that award winning property and casualty insurance carrier Selective Insurance Company of America, the lead insurer of Selective Insurance Group, Inc., (NASDAQ:SIGI) has renewed and expanded its commitment to SaferMe’s wearable contact tracing solution. This follows Selective’s initial rollout of SaferMe at the beginning of its phased return to the office in February 2021.
"Our employees are the most important element of our success and helping ensure their safety is our priority. It's vital that they feel comfortable and confident returning to work in our offices,” said Cyndi Bennett, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Selective. “Contact tracing is an important part of our health and safety procedures and allows us to address COVID positive cases reported to us and minimize its spread."
SaferMe provides purpose-built wearable cards that log interactions between employees using an anonymized and secure system to protect worker privacy and help enable businesses to stop large COVID clusters from developing in their workforces. This is done by instantly identifying workers who were in contact with other individuals who reported themselves as potentially or COVID positive.
“We want to help businesses and employees get back to their normal place of work as
much as possible, and to do so safely,” said Clint Van Marrewijk, CEO of SaferMe.
“Selective Insurance exemplifies what a thorough and thoughtful return to the office should look like. They’ve used our technology to help manage a safe return to all of its offices across the U.S. and provide employees peace of mind that COVID exposures can be effectively and timely tracked, reported, and mitigated.”
Selected by the New Zealand Government to provide business contact tracing via the MBIE Covid-19 response fund, SaferMe is now operating globally. Founded in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2015, SaferMe opened its US office in Austin, Texas, in early 2020. Van Marrewijk added, “There are already more than 30 variants of the Sars-CoV-2 virus being monitored by global health authorities. To be proactive and prepared for the threat of new variants and seasonal spikes, organizations need to be able to prevent clusters of cases within their workforce.”
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