The Benefits of Thermal Cameras for BusinessNovember 3rd, 2020
Thermal cameras are safer alternative for temperature taking than being in close proximity to the person being screened. When installed and used properly thermal imaging systems can more accurately and more quickly measure surface skin temperature.
Temperature screening of any kind can not determine if someone definitively has COVID-19 since not all who test positive experience fever as a symptom. However, many businesses are utilizing temperature screening as part of their assessment to determine whether it’s safe for that individual to be around others or if they should have further testing done to evaluate their health.
Some government COVID-19 policies for reopening are requiring business owners to take temperature screenings and keep records of them. Prior to implementing any method of temperature screening in your business be sure to check if this follows regulations such as HIPAA or other privacy laws.
Advantages of Thermal Cameras for Temperature Screening
COVID-19 has impacted our world in many ways. It’s best to take as many precautions as possible to prevent transmission of the virus. According to a recent article by Security Magazine there are a few key benefits to using thermal cameras…
The temperature taker monitoring the thermal cameras does not have to be near those being screened.
By having temperatures taken at a distance it reduces the need for PPE and for OSHA training for temperature takers.
When used properly thermal imaging cameras are faster and more accurate at reading surface skin temperatures than other forehead scans or oral thermometers.
Thermal Camera Options
The type of thermal camera you should install depends on your facility and your needs. Your security provider can help you decide what solution would work best. Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of thermal cameras offered by Select Security.
Bullet and Dome Thermal Cameras: These would be best for businesses looking to scan temperatures of more than one person at the time. This is ideal for businesses where individual scans are impractical for time or volume reasons such as schools, arenas, or manufacturing facilities with large shift changes.
Handheld Thermal Cameras: These are the most portable solution, great for businesses looking to use the device in various areas. Ideal for schools or small businesses looking for a versatile, budget-friendly solution. Handheld solutions can also be mounted to a tripod. These cameras will scan one person at a time and are ideal for entryways that bottleneck people into a single file line for screenings.
Thermal Imaging Terminal: These terminals are ideal for entryways where there is a lower volume of traffic such as a corporate office building or to enter restricted areas within a facility. They can easily be combined with access control solutions for businesses that don’t have an employee designated to screenings or to check identification prior to entry.
Training and Preparation
To make sure a thermal camera is taking accurate readings it is important that the person using the cameras is trained on how to prepare the area and the person being screened. There are guidelines laid out by the FDA to make sure these devices are being used properly.
It’s important to use the equipment according to the manufacture guidelines and specifications to ensure accuracy. A professional security company, like Select Security, can help you identify the best location for devices and provide instruction on how to use them.
Post-Coronavirus Uses for Thermal Cameras
Thermal cameras take temperatures, not particular to COVID-19. These devices can be useful in in the future to safeguard the health of employees, students, patients, or residents. In settings such as nursing homes, schools, or day cares these devices can continue to be useful to detect high temperatures and prevent the spread of other illnesses throughout the facility.
Certain thermal devices such as the terminal can also be used in conjunction with access control systems. The facial recognition feature can be used to allow only authorized personnel into a building or restricted area.
Currently these devices are proving useful to help detect the usage of masks and prevent entry for those not wearing them which another method of preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Legal Limitations of Thermal Screenings
If you are considering adding thermal technology to your business, consider whether there would be legal limitations. The Security Magazine discusses some ways in which thermal imaging may be subject to regulations. For example, facilities like hospitals should consider HIPAA regulations. Some states may require that the use of these devices be clear with signage and informing all who pass through the screening area. Even ADA and EEOC regulations may impact the feasibility of using these devices. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic the virus has been deemed a direct threat which has resulted in the EEOC justifying the screening of employees and suspending job offers to anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher.
Before purchasing and installing these devices in your place of business you should consult your legal and human resource departments to see if there may be limitations in how you can use these devices.
Contact the security professionals at Select Security to see which thermal camera solution is the best fit for your business. We will discuss your needs and evaluate the areas you wish to use thermal solutions for temperature screenings to determine the best device for your unique circumstances. Contact Select Security by calling 877-877-0345 today or complete our online contact form.