How Does Workplace COVID-19 Screening Work?

Workplace COVID-19 screening is one of the best ways to protect the health and safety of your employees—and your business. This means assessing employees’ physical symptoms before entering the premises. This week on the blog, we describe what the process of workplace COVID-19 looks like and how we can help!

We Can Perform Workplace COVID-19 Screening

We strongly recommend hiring a third party to perform workplace COVID-19 screening. It is essential that checkpoint monitors are able to make objective decisions. If you delegate this responsibility to internal staff, they may face ethical dilemmas and risk jeopardizing relationships with colleagues.

Our trained guards perform workplace COVID-19 screening by monitoring entry points on the premises. Several national grocery warehouses and packaging plants across Western Canada have already taken advantage of our workplace COVID-19 screening services. Direct action prepares and protects you against potential WorkSafe claims. Blackbird Security has the appropriate insurance to insulate you against lawsuits or liabilities. 

Blackbird’s Workplace COVID-19 Screening Overview: 

Equipment

To effectively screen for COVID-19, we use the following equipment. The amount of each needed depends on the scale of the operation.

  • Thermometers 
  • Disposable medical gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol swabs + bleach wipes (to disinfect thermometers)
  • Coloured wristbands (to wear by employees as indication of clearance)
  • Computer with Wi-Fi (for data entry; paper copies also used as back-up)
  • Collapsible tables for supplies and data entry
  • Room or structure with enough space to set up and physically distance 

Set up

COVID-19 screening takes place in the workplace entrance. A line manager ensures that people maintain physical distancing while waiting to be screened, unless it is a drive-through operation. Temperature checks are done first, followed by screening questions. Between use, all surfaces and equipment are disinfected.  

Temperature screening

Temperature checks are completed by personnel with disposable medical gloves on. If a fever is detected (classified as 100.4° or greater), the individual will be instructed to return home and notify their supervisor. If there is an absence of fever, the individual proceeds to the screening questions. 

Screening questions

The second step of workplace COVID-19 screening is a questionnaire. A designated person enters data from the questionnaire electronically. If electronic submission is not possible, it is done on paper. The questions include whether the individual has experienced any physical symptoms identified on the list. Symptoms include fever and chills, cough, fatigue, difficulty breathing and more. If the individual answers ‘yes’ to any symptoms, they will be asked to return home and notify their supervisor. If the individual answers ‘no’ to all questions, a wristband is applied. A coloured wristband communicates to others that the individual has been screened on that particular day. The colour of the wristband changes each day. 

Learn More

To learn more about how Blackbird Security can protect your employees and your business, get in touch with us. We are well-versed in workplace COVID-19 screening protocol and ready to discuss your needs.

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