4 Mistakes to Avoid When Performing Temperature Checks in the Workplace

by | Nov 6, 2020 | temperature screening

Before you let 100% of your employees and customers back into your establishment, you need to have some sort of safety plan in place.

By implementing a mask policy and temperature checking your employees everyday, you can rest assured that everyone who enters your facility is protected.

If your state requires masks, chances are that you’re not new to this policy. Temperature screening, on the other hand, may sound a bit foreign. 

But it can’t hurt.

Unless, of course, you make these 4 mistakes:

1. Breaking social distance policies to get a reading

As of now, there are two main options available for temperature screening mass groups of people: 

Temperature guns

Temperature guns use infrared technology to infer temperature through thermal radiation. This form of screening requires an operator to hold the gun to your employees’ foreheads and turn away people with fevers. 

In order to generate an accurate reading, the operator must stand within arm’s length of the person getting screened, breaking social distancing policies and putting both parties at risk to catch and spread COVID-19. 

Infrared temperature screening kiosks

Infrared temperature checking kiosks operate by themselves, without the need for additional oversight. Without risking anyone’s safety, an infrared scanner quickly checks body temperature and generates a reading in less than 2 seconds. Simply place the kiosk at your entrance and have your employees walk up to it as they enter your facility.

An infrared temperature screening device will typically scan faces and detect temperatures. Most infrared temperature checking devices operate using facial recognition, so they can detect strangers from employees and can also enforce mask wearing compliance.

2. Disregarding the operational guidelines

Both temperature guns and kiosks have their own set of operational guidelines. Without following these, your readings will be inaccurate. For example, our SafeScreen infrared temperature screening kiosks require that the person be within 2 – 3 feet of the machine in order to generate an accurate reading, while most temperature guns require a maximum distance of 6 inches.

3. Forcing everyone to wait in line

Temperature screening should be a quick, automated process. Temperature guns typically take longer than kiosks due to the need for constant recalibration and sanitization after each use. This will cause a line to form outside of your building as your employees gear up to start their workday, eating up precious work time and risking everyone’s safety by not following social distancing.

Because temperature screening kiosks are quick and automated, your employees can quickly walk through without having to wait in a crowded line. Not to mention, they’ll get back to work faster.

4. Hiring someone to screen your employees

With revenue down, hiring someone just to operate your temperature gun is likely not in your budget, but you simply don’t have time to do it yourself. 

Thankfully, you don’t need to hire an extra person.

Temperature screening kiosks require no additional oversight. Simply perform the initial setup, plug it in, and let your employees walk up to it as they enter your facility. You will only be notified if someone who has a fever or isn’t wearing a mask tries to enter (the mask setting can be turned off if you don’t require them). 


Keep your workplace safe by temperature screening your employees. While temperature guns are cheaper than kiosks, the safety of your employees is priceless.

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 tries to enter your facility (these features are customizable).

Rest assured that SafeScreen’s quick and advanced technology is keeping your business safe. Protect your workplace and buy an infrared thermometer with face recognition from Quality Face Wear by Bizzuka today.