The company is launching a spin out version called “OBBI Lite” which specifically and exclusively deals with the challenges of restarting business after temporary closure due to Covid-19. The company is giving OBBI Lite away for free to Manufacturing, Construction and Food Processing employers to offer immediate help in getting staff back to work safely and effectively, as the UK government prepares to begin lifting lockdown measures. A large construction company is already using OBBI Lite as it returns safely from Lockdown, and Manufacturing NI has referred to OBBI Lite as a ‘comprehensive and extremely useful solution’.

OBBI’s Chief Technical Officer, John Paul McCorley (pictured) said the platform is available to Manufacturing, Construction and Food Processing companies with between 100 to 1500 members of staff.

“The original OBBI platform was designed to allow employers to perform a range of essential business tasks, including On-boarding of new staff, Training and Compliance. Now OBBI Lite allows employers to bring their staff back to work with confidence by helping them distribute, manage and digitally sign off new policies and procedures around Covid-19, helping to stay compliant with new rules and regulations. The platform offers practical information on handwashing, PPE use, social distancing, health screening and working practises. Employees can be continuously tested on those regulations as well as complete daily Covid pre checks, so they understand what is required to work safely”

He continued,

“It brings together details of government restrictions, regulations and forward plans, as well as details from representative organisations in the Manufacturing, Food Processing and Construction industries. We recognise the immediate need for getting these key sectors back as quickly but most importantly, as safely as possible. We are offering OBBI Lite for free which will host standard guidance and checks which we believe will be an indispensable tool for companies. However, we recognise that many companies will want to upload, distribute, and have teams sign off their own policies, procedures and check lists, which can be done at a nominal fee”.

“OBBI Lite users will get access to pre-loaded Covid safety content for all staff who can then validate that they have seen it whilst testing for both learning and competence. We have included access to pre-loaded Covid checklists including cleaning, PPE allocation & compliance checklists and an individual Covid health screening check which can be distributed to any member of staff daily and signed off digitally. As an added extra we have given users access to posters showing safe working practices. This is all accessible from anywhere in the world, at any time and from any web-enabled device such as a mobile phone or tablet.”

Each employee will have their own Covid portal which can be accessed through any device including their own smart phone or tablet which enables staff to remotely and safely get training and be kept informed whilst managers and supervisors can monitor the fact that their staff are adhering to the regulations. This offers assurance to both staff and employers that everything feasible is being done to maintain a safe and efficient working environment.

Manufacturing Northern Ireland Chief Executive Stephen Kelly said that he welcomed the launch of the platform and highlighted how much employers need support over the next difficult phase.

“Any initiative which demonstrably assists employers and employees as we navigate the complex and difficult times ahead will be extremely useful and must be welcomed. I’m particularly pleased to see that a Northern Ireland based company has come with such a comprehensive and extremely useful platform and am delighted that they can offer it to Manufacturing NI members for free. I wish them every success”

You can register your interest for the Obbi Lite platform at