A health app has been developed by a technology firm in Bolton to give employees and employers peace of mind when they return to work.

The Halsall Wellbeing Monitoring App will work by recording user's temperatures twice a day, as well as asking them general health questions.

Entrepreneur Martin Halsall and owner of Halsall Technology is the mastermind behind the app.

Martin, who owns a leading British Superbike Championship squad, Halsall Racing Team, came up with the idea after considering the safety measures required for sporting events.

Putting his lockdown time to good use, he consulted medical professionals and developed the app, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

By taking regular records of temperature and other health information, the app will ensure that people feel comfortable returning to work.

Martin realised that returning to work was a huge concern for a lot of people, especially when considering the complexity of work places.

The app differs from the Government's track and trace scheme because it does not record location data, nor does it use bluetooth.

Martin said:"People need reassurance that their work place is safe, it's a huge worry for employees.

"With my involvement with the British Superbike Championships, I thought about all the people involved behind the scenes and how the risk would be reduced if all of them were to self report with the app.

"By recording the user's temperature twice a day and taking general health questions, it effectively gives you a green or red light so people know if they can safely go to work.

"If everybody in a work environment takes part, it can build confidence among workers, knowing that everyone is safe.

"We know that the first indication of the virus is temperature, so it's important to monitor that regularly.

"You can't just take a snippet of someone's temperature because that's not accurate enough, it has to be done over a period of time.

"We've had a very positive reaction to it so far and hopefully it will ease the process of returning to work."