If employees are being screened for COVID-19 onsite, follow these safety tips:
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between employees who are waiting to be screened
- Require face coverings for screeners and employees if they can medically tolerate them
- Screen in a location that is not a confined space
- Design a way to screen that prevents others from hearing what is being said and to minimize others from observing screenings
- Incorporate social distancing or physical barriers, such as a plexiglass barrier, to minimize the screener’s and the employee’s exposure during the screening
Workplaces are not required to check employee temperatures. If, however, you decide to conduct temperature checks:
- Use a non-contact thermometer, such as an infrared forehead thermometer or infrared scanner.
- Don't use oral or tympanic thermometers (tympanic thermometers use a probe that goes in the ear).
- When non-contact thermometers are used and the screener does not have physical contact with an employee, gloves do not need to be changed before the next check.
- Keep a supply of alcohol wipes in the screening area to sanitize equipment that inadvertently comes in contact with screened employees.
- Clean after each employee is screened if there is contact.
If the screening tool indicates an employee does not currently have symptoms, they must still continue practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, and hand washing.
If the screening tool indicates an employee has one or more symptoms of COVID-19, they must not report to work.
All information collected from employees must be kept confidential and can only be maintained in the employee’s medical or health file, in the same way as the employer maintains medical notes for leave purposes.
Keep these records separate from the employee’s personnel file.
Antibody tests for COVID-19 can't be used to detect whether someone is currently sick or infected. It is also unknown if a positive antibody test means that someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Antibody tests should not be used to decide whether someone should or should not work.