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3 Reasons to Offer Time Clocks with Thermal

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Companies want to get their employees back to work, but they need to follow COVID protocols to do that safely. One of these growing protocols is taking temperatures at entrances.  

Manual temperature screening is an option that comes with many challenges. Time clocks with thermal readings simplify things. 

Time Clocks That Perform Thermal Checks increase workforce safety and help Prevent Uncomfortable Situations 

Manual temperature checks can make people uncomfortable. They make sense at the doctor's office where people expect to share their personal medical information. At the workplace, it's a different matter. 

The CDC recommends employers perform daily temperature checks and specifies that in-person health checks should be done "safely and respectfully." However, a fellow employee standing guard with a thermal gun doesn't always feel safe, or even respectful.   

Screeners also bear the burden of barring an employee from entering and are potentially being exposed repeatedly themselves. Nobody wants to raise tensions at work. Finding an alternative solution to follow guidelines, while keeping a peaceful environment at work is ideas. Here are three reasons to go with a tool like the IRT and automate temperature checks. 

1. Manual Temperature Checks Create A New Hazard 

Groups of people standing indoors present the greatest COVID transmission risk. Unfortunately, large groups waiting is precisely what a manual temperature check process creates. Groups that might include a sick employee.  

Some industries, like manufacturing or hospitality, have large shift changes. They are especially susceptible to large groups waiting to punch in at the same time. 

The CDC detailed a screener protection protocol that applies for temperature checks, including contactless checks. The CDC recommends steps screeners should take between each reading. At the very least, they should follow these steps between every few readings. Steps include screeners washing their hands, which will add serious time delays. Using time clocks with thermal readers eliminate the need to wait for someone to wash their hands and screen the next worker.  

No organization wants their time clocks to be a bottleneck to productivity.  It's critical for worker health and for overall productivity that the line moves quickly. It is safer when people are not congregating at the place where they check in. Companies that can keep the line moving at time clocks with thermal readers therefore cut the transmission risk. 

2. Time Clocks with Thermal Checks Save Money 

Companies are already stressed by having to set up new safety protocols. There's no denying that each protocol adds costs. These costs are hard to bear when revenues are down because of COVID. It's an economic vise that pinches. 

Adding personnel to check employee temperatures is an expensive program. Some companies may need many people scanning temperatures at each entrance. The checkers will also need ongoing training as COVID updates come out and incur increased risks themselves. Companies with a thermal sensor on their time clocks don't need screeners. Manual screening also has a high material cost. CDC recommendations for screeners require they wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Screeners have to change their PPE regularly. Buying enough PPE is an ongoing cost of a manual program and finding a consistent supply can be expensive. Companies may also experience delays. The PPE supply chain may work for hospital systems, but "smaller, non-hospital facilities are still facing acute PPE shortages."  

Automated thermal temperature checks don't have expensive labor and PPE equipment costs. 

3. Offering Time Clocks with Thermal Sensors Keeps Companies Compliant 

If COVID has taught us anything, it's that things can change unexpectedly. Offering a time clock with an IRT is the right solution for your customers and their employees. As companies require daily temperature checks for employees, it is all the more important that employees’ privacy is adhered to. When you offer the IRT, you are helping your customers maintain their compliance.  


Learn more about how the IRT can help your customers in our short eBook. 

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