Return to Work Safely; YellowBird Guides the Way

by Michael Zalle

Arizona companies preparing to reopen are under pressure to ensure the safety of employees, customers and vendors. Guidelines can be confusing, ever-changing and complex. A local Phoenix organization, offers experts on-demand to provide advice, guidance and best practices from highly qualified, industry-specific safety professionals. The Phoenix startup developed a two-sided marketplace that connects companies with certified Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) experts for a few hours, a few days or even long-term, to help organizations stay in compliance, lower risk and keep people safe. 

Expecting HR managers or small-business owners to develop a “return to work” plan can be problematic because health and safety regulations are complex and carry risk. It can take days to track down local, state and federal guidelines, then figure out how to implement them, train employees and fill out all the required paperwork. 

YellowBird developed a COVID-19 Return to Work program that connects companies with qualified EHS professionals, often in just a couple of hours. These experts can be on-site in 24 hours to conduct on-site inspections, assess surfaces, test air quality and compile recommendations. They’ll even help train the staff, giving employees confidence to return to work. 

All professionals on YellowBird’s platform are approved through a five-step vetting process that includes background checks, interviews, insurance and accreditation checks. The company also takes care of logistics like scheduling, payment and follow-ups, and provides professional and general liability insurance coverage. 

When the Biltmore-area company launched in 2019, YellowBird professionals conducted OSHA Incident Investigations, OSHA Mock Audits, CPR/First Aid training, Industrial Hygiene services, and other project work for construction, mining and manufacturing companies. 

Today, YellowBird still offers those services and more for organizations of all sizes, including schools, universities and churches.

Michael Zalle is founder and CEO of YellowBird and has 25 years’ experience in tech dedicated to finding better ways to serve others.

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