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Best Practices: 

Temperature Screening


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If you're managing a screening process for your team, we recommend temperature and symptom screening using this protocol:

  • Measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
  • Make a visual inspection of the employee for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks or fatigue.
  • Use disposable gloves.
  • Check the employee’s temperature, reaching around the partition or through the window. Make sure the screener’s face stays behind the barrier at all times during the screening.
    • If performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, make sure that you use a clean pair of gloves for each employee and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check. If disposable or non-contact thermometers are used and you did not have physical contact with an individual, you do not need to change gloves before the next check. If non-contact thermometers are used, clean and disinfect them according to manufacturer’s instructions and facility policies.
  • Consider sending an employee home if temperature screening results in 100.4 degrees or higher. 
  • Even if the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms upon arrival, they should self-monitor throughout their shift.
  • Remove and discard PPE (gloves), and wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing while working. 

Here for You

COVID-19 has impacted every business uniquely, so your transition back to work will be unique to you, too.

Our occupational medicine experts are available to address any questions employers may have about returning to work. Want more information about testing? We can help. Looking for return to work exams? We can help with that, too. Need assistance for temperature screening? We're your partner.

Our team at MultiCare Centers of Occupational Medicine is committed to providing evidence-based guidance so that you can implement the best transition for you and your employees.

Please complete the form on this page to submit your questions or concerns and we will contact you within two business days.

Other Ways We Can Help:

  • Return-to-work evaluations
  • Resumed services, including respirator fit testing, audio booth testing and BAT testing
  • Virtual Worker's Compensation visits
  • Online COVID-19 symptom assessment tool

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