Using Technology and Employee Centricity to Create Safe Buildings

Using Technology and Employee Centricity to Create Safe Buildings

Kieran Murphy | 13th, January , 2023

Based on a study by AlertMedia, 73% of respondents said that feeling safe is “extremely important” when at work. However, only 53% of respondents thought their employer considered their safety as “extremely important”. 

This shows a significant gap between how important safety is in the workplace and how insignificant workers believe it is to their employers.


In recent times, the security of the working environment has become a priority amongst staff. An emphasis has been placed on just how much a business can do to provide employees with assurance that their safety is of high priority.

To this end, there’s a rise in the demand for safe buildings. Safe buildings are structures that use different kinds of technologies and practices to establish a safe and healthy atmosphere for those in them. 

One of the champions of safety and security has been IoT technology, which has been used to create smart buildings. By using this smart technology, one can ensure a boost in not just safety, but also sustainability. 

Why is building safety important?


Better employee engagement: A safe building ensures that the staff is at the heart of it. Smart technology can help create better working conditions, which in turn enhances employee experience. Companies that place employee health at the core often see a boost in employee engagement – a study found an increase in engagement of 31% from employees who believe their employer cared about their wellbeing.

Reduce absenteeism: With smart technology like indoor air quality monitoring, one can ensure that employees work in a healthy environment. This in turn helps reduce health risks and illnesses, which also lowers absenteeism rates.

Efficient use of resources: By using smart technology, one can monitor air quality levels, electricity, gas and water usage, and workplace occupancy. Each of these measurements can help you understand if you can streamline your use of resources by ventilating better, employing smart cleaning services, and more.

How can I ensure my building is safe for employees?


Involve everyone in health and safety: To offer security to your staff, they must understand in what form it is being given. Be it monitoring air quality and workplace occupancy to keep any virus-based illnesses at bay, or monitoring water temperature to create a safe workplace, they must be fully aware of the steps the workplace is taking.

Identify hazards in your workplace: Hazards like lack of ventilation, exposure to hazardous materials like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), harmful workplace designs, and more need to be identified and taken into consideration to counter sick building syndrome

Measure and maintain optimal levels: When it comes to certain elements like VOC levels or water temperature, there are certain optimal temperatures that one must adhere to. Some of these optimal levels are also part of compliance. For example, water temperature for Legionella control and such, where it becomes imperative to maintain sufficient levels.

By measuring these particular elements, you can gain an idea of whether your workplace is safe and healthy enough. If not, you can look into ways to improve building performance.

How ZiggyTec helps create safe buildings

To help you create a safe workplace for your staff, ZiggyTec offers a range of IoT technology-based solutions, such as:

Indoor Air Quality Monitoring: The air we breathe in has a huge impact on our health. With Indoor Air Quality monitoring, one can monitor the air quality based on CO2, PM 2.5, and VOC levels, along with temperature and humidity. This helps understand if the ventilation systems are working well and if employees are breathing in clean air.

Workplace Optimisation: The sensor data will show you which areas of your workspace are used most often. Workplace Optimisation can help implement smart cleaning strategies and make decisions about lease renewal. Additionally, in a post-COVID era, it helps implement social distancing strategies to help prevent the transfer of airborne viruses.

Smart Legionella Control: Legionnaire’s Disease is a lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria, which thrives in temperatures between 20°C – 45°C. By monitoring water temperature at regular intervals to ensure that the cold water is below 20°C, and the hot water is a minimum of 50°C, we can ensure Legionella compliance and assure employees of a safe and healthy environment. Our Smart Legionella Control sensors detect the water temperature at regular intervals and send notifications in any events where there may be non-compliance with legionella control.


To learn more about how ZiggyTec can help you ensure staff safety at the office, get in touch with us.