Temperature Screening Devices keep spaces safe and build consumer confidence

The Covid-19 coronavirus has rattled the globe with disease, business shut downs, crashing economies, and public quarantines. As we more forward and people return to their daily lives, the only thing that’s certain is that–the world will not be the same as it was before the pandemic. It’s still unknown what the new normal will be in regards to how people will return to the workplace, cultural changes, social distancing, and safety in public spaces. The fact is that people don’t shop, travel, or eat out as much when they’re worried about getting a fatal disease, so it’s of vital importance for governments and business owners to take the necessary steps to assure public confidence in their environments to reduce the risk of infection, and put their patrons at ease.

Temperature scanners help establishments build confidence in public spaces, while balancing civil liberties with the need for pandemic response.

Temperature Check-in Devices, Thermal Displays and Walk-Through Thermal Scanners allow businesses to screen employees and consumers in a non-invasive way, which adds confidence that an establishment is a safe.  People simply stand in the scanning zone to see their thermal image in real-time on a large LCD display, or have an indicator light remain green to enter the premises. The system is available for various levels of screening situations, such as checking temperature, checking masks, facial recognition, public thermal display, and simple green/red indicator light.  Thermal scanning systems bring confidence that a space is safe, by removing the fear and paranoia that comes from uncertainty.  They also give people the freedom to self quarantine in needed by alerting them to an illness, while keeping knowingly sick persons away with the awareness that the location screens for illness.

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EEOC has issued its guidance, confirming specifically that the COVID-19 pandemic permits employers to measure employees’ body temperatures before allowing them to enter the worksite. Temperature reading technology allows screening to be done passively, in a nondiscriminatory way. Recently, several states and local municipalities, including, without limitation, Ohio, Delaware, San Francisco, and Santa Clara County, have implemented orders or issued guidance urging or requiring that temperature checks be implemented before employees are permitted to report to work.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has issued COVID-19 specific guidance urging workplaces located in communities with minimal to moderate COVID-19 risk to implement regular health checks, including temperature and respiratory symptom screening.

The following best practices should be considered and implemented, as appropriate, in connection with temperature testing.  Employers should:

  • Communicate clearly in advance with their workforces regarding temperature checks and related implications (e.g., being sent home).

  • Set a temperature screening threshold over which employees will not be permitted to enter the workplace. The CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit; many employers have adopted screening thresholds in the 100-100.4°F range.

  • Seek to facilitate testing in the least invasive way possible, including by attempting to procure devices that can register temperature without exposure to bodily fluids (e.g., no-contact thermometers).  Ohio and Delaware COVID-19 screening guidance recommends touchless (forehead/temporal artery) thermometers if possible, but directs employers to disinfect thermometers if oral or other types of thermometers must be used due to procurement challenges.

  • Maintain social distancing (e.g., by establishing multiple temperature check stations at large facilities to minimize crowding), clean and disinfect medical equipment, and take other COVID-19 related precautions.

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Interactive Design Cafe is a global leader in digital signage and marketing technology, serving all sectors of industry from government, banking, and education, to business, retail and digital out of home DOOH. In response to Covid-19 pandemic, we have designed these screening technologies to help stop the spread of disease, and help businesses recover by building trust in their establishments. Please see our product catalog and browse our website for more information about our company and how we can help innovate your business. We are always happy to talk through your ideas so please feel to get in touch.