Episode 39: Excel and COVID-19 Tool Safety

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Tool safety is not crucial just for the production of physical parts and mechanical devices, but it has also had an important role in the monitoring of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode Dr. Oscar Slotosch responds to the recent news of the English government losing thousands of data entries by their unsafe use of Microsoft Excel, which may have caused irreversible damage to the contact tracing and pandemic containment efforts in the United Kingdom.

This oversight has been covered by the BBC, in news articles discussing the mismanagement of Excel data and its consequences.

If you enjoyed this episode, we can recommend its sequel, Episode 40: Qualification of Medical Tools, or our previously published Episode 18: Tool Safety Manual, Question 04: Do famous tools need to be qualified?, and Episode 21: How to Save Money by Tool Qualification.

Your producer and friendly representative of the audience in this episode has been Ivana Kurecic.

We can be reached through podcast@validas.de and all information about Validas can be found on our website, validas.de.

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