Safety & Compliance

Temperature checks alone won’t keep your office safe

Employers have been quick to adopt temperature checks as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 among employees. Many states recommend this practice, and some states even require employers to conduct temperature checks in order to maintain an open workplace.

While temperature checks allow for employers to detect one of the key symptoms of COVID-19, temperature checks alone are not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. 

Here’s what else you need to do in order to provide a safe workplace for your employees.

Conduct symptom screening before employees come into the workplace

The CDC recommends employers screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, fever, headache, and loss of smell prior to employees coming to the workplace.

This can be conducted via a virtual health check where individuals self-screen prior to coming into work. Additionally, a virtual health check provides an employer with a log of which employees have reported symptoms and on which days, which can be helpful if contact tracing becomes necessary.

Account for asymptomatic spread

Nearly 60% of COVID-19 cases are transmitted through asymptomatic spread, meaning that the majority of people who contract COVID-19 do so from a person displaying no symptoms. In addition to screening for symptoms, it’s important to screen for whether or not an employee recently came into contact with someone else with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if they recently traveled to an area experiencing a surge in cases where their risk of contracting COVID-19 may have been increased.

Create a system for contact tracing

Tracking which employees are coming into the workplace each day is critical for understanding who may be at risk in the event that an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19. This log can also aid the health department by providing additional information for who an impacted person may have come into contact with during a set period of time.

Abide by known health and safety best practices

Social distancing, wearing a mask, proper building ventilation, and regular office cleanings all help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Make an investment in your office safety

Scoop’s workplace planner tool takes the uncertainty out of bringing employees back together during COVID-19 by building employee confidence through shared health and safety guidelines, reducing operational risks, and enabling contact tracing should an outbreak occur.

Complete the form below and our team will schedule time with you to show you how Scoop’s workplace planner can help you reopen your workplace.

Cody Wittenkeller

Cody Wittenkeller works on Business Operations and Analytics at Scoop. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and running throughout the SF Bay Area.