OHIO COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Employers Screening Employees for COVID-19

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On March 18, 2020, we published an alert informing employers that, due to the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, they could lawfully take employees’ body temperatures as a condition of their entering the workplace. At that time, our conclusion was based on previous guidance the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. Since our initial alert, the EEOC has re-issued its guidance, confirming specifically that the COVID-19 pandemic permits employers to measure employees’ body temperatures before allowing them to enter the worksite. As we noted previously, any such screening should be implemented on a nondiscriminatory basis, and all information gleaned should be treated as confidential medical information under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—specifically, the identity of workers exhibiting a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms should only be shared with members of company management with a true need to know. Additionally, employers should understand that screening employees’ temperatures is just one of the screening devices that employers may utilize and will not completely mitigate the risk of contagion, as some people with COVID-19 do not have a fever and may also otherwise be contagious without experiencing any symptoms.

The CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit; many employers have adopted screening thresholds in the 100-100.4°F range.

HVMS offers 4 systems to help businesses comply with temperature check at the workplace.

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Non contact facial temperature screening kiosk

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Non contact facial temperature screening kiosk

HVM W38-S & 64-P

HVM W38-S / W64-P

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HVM ST-806

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Non contact facial temperature screening kiosk