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No matter what type of operation you want to protect, fever screenings of personnel entering your facilities using infrared (IR) cameras makes sense for your business NOW! We can help you screen visitors, contractors and employees at whatever security level you want to achieve.
We can help you decide:
Whether your company should buy equipment and have your personnel trained to perform fever screenings. What equipment would be best for your particular operation. The level of training your personnel will need to accomplish your goals. Whether you should hire out the services first until you can get the equipment and training you need to do this yourself.
Tell us about your business, your needs, and your goals for body temperature screening through our online survey. We’ll design a custom plan for your company’s needs and send it to you in a detailed report.
Includes the Basic Consultation and up to two hours of phone consultation for addressing more detailed concerns about your plan.
Includes the Basic Consultation and up to four hours of a live site visit from a Certified Thermographer. Our trained network is the largest in the world and will help you design and install the most efficient system for your location. This service is available based on the number of trained thermographers in your area. Submit your needs for a customized proposal.
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SARS-CoV-2 is the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
On April 16, 2020, the White House and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came out with “Opening Up America Again“ as guidance for US citizens and US companies in three phases to safely reopen the United States. In all three phases, employers are asked to do temperature checks on employees and visitors. This means Fever Screening.
Taking the temperature of humans to make sure they do not have a fever before they enter a building. Officially, it is called Human Febrile Temperature Screening.
Normal core body temperature average is 37°C or 98.6°F. A fever is considered any core temperature above 38°C or 100.4°F. Infections cause the body’s temperature to rise. The most common symptom (found in 99% of symptomatic cases of COVID-19 viral infection) is a fever.
There are no official specific standards for checkpoints, only physical distancing guidance that suggests everyone is separated by 6 feet, and that people are screened for fever before entry to the building is granted.
The best is a two-part approach: Primary Fever Screening—using thermal infrared measuring of skin temperatures, and Secondary Fever Screening, using thermometers.
The two primary ISO standards related to the US FDA 510(k) documents are:
Only two companies have FDA Clearance specifically for Human Febrile Temperature Screening for some (not all) of their series and/or models:
Note: Clearance is for imager, including a complete blackbody system.
Note: Clearance is for imager only.
Because on April 16, 2020, the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Product Evaluation and Quality released a document entitled “Enforcement Policy for Telethermographic Systems During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency”. The document relaxes FDA regulations on the marketing and sale of Telethermographic Systems for medical use. In the document, the FDA uses the words “recommends” and “should” throughout, and not the word “shall.” So, until the FDA withdraws this guidance and goes back to pre-April 16, 2020 standards, all manner of equipment and procedures are available to the public—sort of carte blanche to sell any and all “heat thingies.”
Many standards have been relaxed during this “Public Health Emergency”—not just this one. Below, our assumptions, based on much reading about this subject:
But we do not know.
Here are some good reasons:
International and US protocols recognize Thermal Infrared Imaging as a valid method of detecting Elevated Body Temperature in humans by using Skin Temperature Measurement, which will significantly speed the process of employees and visitors safely entering buildings by using Human Febrile Temperature Screening.
In the United States, the US FDA “clears” medical devices (they do not approve them). As it relates to thermal imaging: if a company wants to market a medical device, the company must obtain, submit, have evaluated and received a 510(k) clearance for that device. In the past, many companies have obtained 510(k) Clearance, entitled “Applications for Medical Device Product Code “LHQ” (System, Telethermographic (Adjunctive Use)).”
Again, we do not know, but on the FDA website, there are many references to keeping the current policies until at least the end of the “Public Health Emergency,” which again, from the website, will be at least December 31, 2020. We anticipate that the “New Normal” operations for companies will include fever screenings for months or years to come.
Below, a table with the different types, flow rates, best uses, advantages, and disadvantages:
|Type System||Maximum Traffic Flow – Best Use||Advantages||Disadvantages|
Single small operations
|Inexpensive.||Very inaccurate and zero documentation.|
High-security bldgs./small offices
|High security but could also be used in small offices.||Must be integrated into the existing security system.|
Small to medium operations
|Looks modern.||Expensive, given what is inside the box.|
|Stand Alone IR Camera||100/hour (varies)
Small to medium operations
|Flexible designs at moderate cost.||Image quality, size, capabilities and documentation is variable.|
|High Flow Systems||500/hour
Medium to large operations
|Higher quality w/100% documentation.||Higher cost and takes staff to operate the system.|
Here are some considerations you should take before moving forward with any purchases:
The bottom line is that the selection of the imaging system is best made for you by a consultant, who will have a better handle on which, how many, and the type of IR imaging systems that will be needed to accomplish the goals that you set in your policy. Considerations are budget, entry points, traffic flows, shift schedules, and other logistical considerations at a single entry point, a particular site, or across the entire corporate inventory of facility stock.