What to Consider When Using Thermal Imaging for Temperature Screening

What to Consider When Using Thermal Imaging for Temperature Screening

With many companies in the UK hoping that their team members will return to the office following the recent pandemic, they are looking for ways to improve the employee experience. Many employees are reluctant to stop working from home as they are concerned about subjecting themselves to the virus when they start mingling with more people each day. For this reason, thermal imaging for temperature screening is something that many companies are contemplating adding to their entry procedures. Here at UK Red Security, we are proud to offer this solution to businesses across the country. Keep reading as we share the key things you’ll want to consider before adding this solution to your workplace.

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Offering Your Employees Peace of Mind 

The past year has been incredibly challenging for businesses and individuals across the country. If you operate a business that relies on heavy customer footfall, you may be looking for a way to welcome back customers while still protecting everyone inside your business. A thermal temperature camera can be an excellent way to offer everyone peace of mind and can be installed at the entry point to your workplace. If you are using this for your employees or for customers as well, it can stop anyone with one of the key symptoms of COVID-19 from entering your building and potentially spreading the virus around your team.

The aim of a thermal heat camera is to detect the skin temperature without having any contact with the individual. This type of screening technology allows you to have a pre-configured range of temperatures that are acceptable and will indicate if the temperature goes out of this range. You can quickly and easily screen hundreds of people within just minutes, so it won’t delay the entry process when arriving at a building. On top of that, it will offer you an audit trail when it comes to demonstrating what you are doing for health and safety in your workplace. The main thing to remember about this type of system is that it can’t detect coronavirus or fever. It’s not a medical device and just offers a preliminary screening. Team members who do show a high temperature during the screening process could then be referred to a medical team member for further assistance.

How to Implement This System Into Your Building 

If you think this type of fever detection system would be a good option for your workplace, there are a few things to keep in mind before setting it up. Of course, you’ll need to receive company approval before adding this to your building, and staff and management will need to receive warnings in advance of the procedures being put into place. Staff members should complete consent forms before they are asked to use this type of system, especially if their data is being collected each day. You’ll also need to consider the policy for visitors to your building, which is critical if you are receiving hundreds of visitors each day.

From there, you’ll want to consider who will be monitoring the screening system. Fever screening may be out of the usual job description for your security team, so they may need extra training. You’ll want to discuss with them how you will deal with conflicts, as these types of systems sometimes result in disappointed or angry staff members. If someone shows a high temperature, you need to consider how they will be treated and whether you’ll have medical staff on-site to assist them and offer further screenings. As you can see, there’s plenty to consider with this temperature screening solution, but it’s a great option for businesses looking to protect their employees during this challenging time.

The Accuracy of the Screening System 

When adding any type of technology to your workplace, you are probably wondering how accurate it is and whether it’s worth the investment. The accuracy of this type of camera is usually ±0.5°C, but this can be improved to ±0.3°C with a blackbody calibrator. As you can see, it’s a good option for COVID temperature screening, but you’ll want to remind your staff members that a high temperature doesn’t necessarily mean they have coronavirus. This is something you’ll need to educate everyone in your business about, especially the screening team, to avoid anyone being treated poorly as a result of a high temperature reading.

With the world slowly starting to reopen, there’s no time like the present to reopen your business and encourage employees back to the office. This type of temperature screening offers many benefits and can minimise the concerns employees feel about returning to work. For more information about installing thermal imaging cameras for temperature screening in your workplace, contact us today to discuss any questions you may have. 

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