Did you know that some states in the United States are requiring employers to conduct regular temperature checks on their employees? If you are debating on whether or not to implement temperature screening at your place of employment, you are in the right place. We have put together this short guide to answer the question “is temperature screening effective?”
Keep reading to learn how effective this is with keeping employees safe.
The Thermometer Makes a Difference
If you are going to implement temperature screening at your business then you want to take into consideration the type of thermometer you will use. The most accurate digital thermometers are the oral ones but they are not practical when you are screening a large number of people.
Another reliable thermometer is using an ear thermometer but keep in mind that these are prone to error, especially if the person has wax blocking their ear canal. The worst accuracy is from a forehead infrared thermometer but they are good when you are screening a large number of people.
There is also the option of an infrared thermometer that is set up at a self-service station that you can also connect to visitor management software and it does not require anyone to take the temperature on a person. Once the temperature is taken the data can be sent directly to a messenger.
Can It Stop the Spread?
One of the main concerns is stopping the spread of COVID-19, which is why some places use it when taking COVID precautions at businesses. The main thing that temperature screening will do is uncover fever in some people. When those people are caught with fever then they can’t enter your building and spread whatever their body is fighting.
It can help slow down the spread because anyone with a fever should then consult with a doctor and self-isolate. The problem is that not everyone with COVID ends up with a fever and those people can still spread the virus at your place of employment.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you have one person checking everyone’s temperature you are putting that person at risk for person-to-person transmission.
Have More Than One Strategy
The best thing to do is to have temperature screenings only be a part of your strategy to slow down the spread of COVID. Another strategy you can implement is social distancing and limit personal interaction between employees and customers. Use things such as markers and signs to keep every aware of how much a 6-foot distance is.
Are You Going to Implement Temperature Screening At Your Business?
We hope that now that you know the ins and outs of temperature screening, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you are going to do this at your own place of business.
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