Scottish tech firm set to transform the post COVID workplace

Keystone, a leading workplace technology company, has created a unique Return-to-Work solution which addresses the global demand for safe and productive Post COVID workplaces.

STIRLING, SCOTLAND, June 2020. Keystone, a leading provider of workplace technology, announces the launch of its Return-to-Work technology solution and is already experiencing significant demand from organisations around the world.

The solution combines 24×7 real time monitoring of client workspaces using innovative IoT sensors with advanced data science powered by artificial neural networks. This unique capability enables, for the first time, managers to configure the solution to meet their post COVID workplace policies and guidelines, monitor over 74 data points in real time (including occupancy, social distancing, air quality and environmental quality) and receive real time ‘breach’ alerts and automated risk level updates.

By deploying the solution, companies can provide a safe and productive workplace for employees during the return to work, re-configure office layouts based on real time occupancy and utilisation data, monitor workplace compliance to guidance and standards 24×7 and in real time, receive breach alerts (e.g. if employees breach the social distance rule for more than a pre-set period), log incidents and manage preventative tasks and report on the Return to Work program effectiveness.

By working with world leading academics and data science teams, Keystone will shortly be adding predictive capabilities which will proactively alert office managers to future risks or potential breaches of policy or guidelines, with recommendations on avoidance strategies.

Keystone is the technology division of Key Facilities Management, one of the pioneers of the facility management sector. To respond to significant client demand for effective tools to help businesses return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic, the team at Keystone has rapidly re-configured its existing FM+ and Workplace+ technology products to provide a low cost, quick to implement and proven Return to Work solution that uniquely provides complete coverage of the entire workplace, 24×7 and in real time.

Gordon Mitchell, Keystone’s CIO commented: “For responsible employers, the COVID pandemic has accelerated the importance of providing safe, healthy, adaptive and productive workplaces. Our unique combination of advanced data science, best of breed sensing capabilities and world leading expertise in facility management is the reason our Keystone solution is in such demand”.

About Keystone
Keystone is the technology division of Key Facilities Management, pioneers of the £1.2tn facility management industry. Headquartered near Stirling in Central Scotland, Keystone’s cloud based technology enables organisations to gain real time visibility and centralised control of entire workplace. The technology powers smart buildings connected estates and smart cities using a combination of innovative sensing capabilities and advanced data science. Keystone partners with leading academic organisations, innovative IoT sensor providers and facility managers to continually deliver value to an international client base. As a recognised pioneer of workplace technology, Keystone’s founder Gordon Mitchell is involved in the development of international standards and adoption of technology in the workplace.

Gordon Mitchell, Founder & CIO, Keystone


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SoterSpine Wearable Sensor and App Reduces Workplace Injuries by 55%

A collaboration between BSS; Travis Perkins Group’s largest and leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions in the UK and Soter Analytics, a global wearable tech company housing the smallest and lightest safety tech device on the market, has reduced musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace by 55% over the last 12 months.

The SoterSpine solution developed by Soter Analytics has automated the ergonomics process starting from the worker and filtering through to management. “Musculoskeletal safety in the workplace shouldn’t be difficult, we make movement safety simple and automate the process. Workers can create a personalised injury reduction program, no supervisors, just the employee and the technology,” said Matthew Hart, CEO, Soter Analytics.

The wearable technology solution captures 8 different types of hazardous movements and is accompanied by a mobile app for the worker and an online dashboard for management. The solution provides a shift in manual handling behavioural change by transferring the responsibility to the individuals. Real-time feedback, autonomous micro-learning and self-tracking elicits the increase in awareness required for self-adjustment, empowering employees to stay safe.

Mr. Budhdev reports that not only has user engagement been really positive, the reduction of high-risk movements has been paramount. “In one simple instance, the device highlighted that one of our colleagues was bending at a low level roughly around 100 times a day so by easily moving some things around we have saved around 26,000 high-risk bending movements in a year, you can appreciate that small device pointing us in the right direction”.

Not only has the solution largely reduced the number of high-risk movements, now having been rolled out throughout the BSS warehouses, for 12 months the company has seen a 55% reduction in manual handling injures compared to the previous year.

Mr Vimel Budhdev, Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Travis Perkins says, “Using innovative ideas is what we strive to do. Adopting the SoterSpine solution to link in with one of the problems that we have within the business, [manual handling], and employing this device to help eliminate, reduce and also teach people the right way of doing manual handling has been the perfect marriage”.

Ms. Hope added: “When you can track, compare, share, engage and take home your learnings, being actively safe at work is fun and promotes positive imbedded behavioural change”. User engagement is one of the Soter Analytics biggest priorities and working with Travis Perkins has been a great opportunity to not only prove the merits of the solution but showcase the design and engaging interactive features.

The collaboration between Soter Analytics and the Travis Perkins Group shows strong evidence for the use of wearable technology and analytics within industry when used by health and safety professionals in collaboration with industrial workers to identify and reduce the risk from workplaces and tasks.

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Survey reveals that only 61% of UK office workers wash their hands after going to the toilet

carefulUK office cleaning company SMC Premier surveyed over 5,000 UK office workers about their hygiene habits at work.
The results revealed a disturbing statistic that only 61% of respondents wash their hands properly with warm water and soap after going to the toilet. 18% will do a quick hand wash, 14% occasionally wash their hands, and a disgusting 7% admitted to not washing their hands.

Survey data also uncovered that women are more hygienic than men after using the toilet with 66% happily washing their hands after a visit to the bathroom, compared to 53% of men.
When comparing the age groups, 11% of the younger generation (18-24-year olds) confessed to not washing their hands after the toilet, making this statistic above the overall average of 7%.
77% of respondents shared the same thought that our beloved four-legged friend is highly unhygienic to have in the office. This statistic was significantly higher amongst the over 65’s with 85%.


2% of employees with a dog in the office have considered leaving their job to be in a dog-free environment.
Eating at your desk isn’t uncommon especially for 26% of office workers who remain at their desk to eat at least 1-3 times per week. ¼ of respondents admitted to eating and working 3-5 days per week, and 4% having no choice but to eat at their desk every day. But is 4% a high statistic? Are employees expected to work through lunches to meet work deadlines?

On average, around half of 18-64-year olds will move away from their desk to eat, leaving the other half to remain seated occasionally.

Despite the popularity of eating at your desk, only 11% of workers will clean theirs properly. 38% will do a ‘quick clean’ – put snack wrappers in the bin or empty the crumbs from their keyboard, while 45% are spotless eaters and never need to clean up after. However, there is still 7% of employees who are too lazy to clean and instead leave it to someone to else.

The over 65’s is cautious about making a mess after eating at their desk with 72% claiming that they don’t need to clean up, compared to just 1/3 of Millennials.


The survey exposed people’s opinions around hot-desking, and a shocking 6% of those asked were under the impression that all shared desks were cleaned after use. 12% of respondents who regularly hot desk will only work on the desk if they know it’s been cleaned first. 38% share a strong opinion that communal desks are germ-infested because you never know who’s been sat there.
When it comes to who is responsible for the cleanliness of the office, 6% revealed that it should be left to the cleaner as it’s not their problem. For 56% of respondents, they admitted to helping clean up as it would eventually annoy them, and 38% confessed that they reluctantly clean if they had to.

Have you thought about the cleanliness of your cup when drinking a brew out of it? We asked employees to share their brew making hygiene skills; 25% confessed to never cleaning the cups before making a round. However, 39% will wash the mugs properly, and 36% will do a quick rinse to avoid using a communal sponge.
Is it culturally acceptable nowadays to leave the office cleaning to the cleaner to do, or have they become too lazy to do simple tasks such as washing your hands after the toilet, or spending a few seconds of your time to put a crisp packet in the bin? Or are employees too busy and expected to remain at their desk to work, thus, sacrificing lunch hours?

You can find the full survey results here: well as a reference to office workplace studies.