If you’re a business owner looking for a way to keep your employees and customers safe from COVID and other viral illnesses, you may be considering investing in a temperature screening kiosk.
But before pulling the plug on this investment, you may be wondering: are temperature screening kiosks HIPAA compliant? Here’s what you need to know.
OSHA & the CDC on temperature screening
OSHA does not yet offer any guidelines for temperature screening in the workplace, although the CDC does mention it as an optional strategy for employers to screen for COVID-19. As long as this policy is developed alongside consultation with occupational medicine professionals, local, and state health officials, of course.
The CDC recommends conducting temperature checks:
- Safely and responsibly, use social distancing and PPE when applicable (in accordance with local or federal mandates). This may include multiple screening points to maintain social distancing.
- While using the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for guidance as it applies to confidentiality.
- As privately as possible to protect confidentiality and prevent stigma and discrimination
HIPAA and temperature screening
When it comes to HIPAA specifically, the answer is yes, temperature screening is HIPAA compliant.
HIPAA’s privacy rules don’t apply to an employer seeking health information from employees for employment-related purposes. In-house staff conducting these tests will only need to abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in all areas of employment. This includes pre-employment inquiries and medical examinations.
An employer may not ask an applicant about the existence, nature, or severity of a disability. However, an employer may ask questions about an applicant’s ability to perform specific job functions.
An employer may also require a medical examination after extending a job offer to an applicant and only if all new employees in the same job category are required to take the examination.
However, employers need to be cautious when using this information.
Essentially, the only way HIPAA will become a concern for employers that are temperature screening is if the testing is outsourced to a healthcare provider.
This is because the provider is bound by HIPAA, and the employer will likely need their signed authorization to receive the test results from them. But with temperature screening kiosks, this isn’t necessary–technology like SafeScreen does everything on its own.
Keep your customers and employees safe with SafeScreen. Without the need for oversight, additional manpower is not necessary to operate your kiosk, and you will only be notified when someone with a fever or without a mask or identification tries to enter your facility.
Rest assured that SafeScreen’s quick and advanced technology is keeping your school or business safe. Protect your facility and buy temperature screening technology with face recognition from Quality Face Wear by Bizzuka today.