Amazon has installed thermal imaging cameras in warehouses in the UK and around the world to display screen workers for signs of coronavirus.
Cameras can also help detect a fever by evaluating an individual’s physical heat with that of their environment.
The know-how is faster than the short-range thermometers on which the company previously relied.
Cases of Covid-19 have been reported in workers in more than 50 of Amazon’s warehouses in the United States.
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And employees said it was almost impossible to practice social distancing in warehouses.
“We have implemented daily temperature controls at our operating sites as an additional preventative measure to support the health and safety of our employees, who continue to provide an essential service in our communities,” said a spokesperson. from Amazon to BBC News.
“We are currently implementing the use of thermal imaging cameras for temperature control to create a more streamlined experience at some of our sites.”
Using digital thermal know-how will even allow the exchange of thermometers at staff entrances at many Amazon Whole Foods stores.
Thermascan CEO Dave Blane said thermal know-how has been widely used since airports around the world adopted it in the 2003 extreme acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) epidemic.
“We have seen an increase in the use of thermal technology in a variety of industries, to the point where it is almost difficult to keep up with demand,” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the temperature test for Covid-19 can give false positives and is not effective for asymptomatic people.
But Blane said “technology today can be incredibly precise” and needs to be used extensively.
Global demand for online deliveries has skyrocketed as many international sites have closed retailers to accommodate the coronavirus lockout.
In March, Amazon fired a worker in New York, who staged a protest against warehouse working conditions.
Meanwhile, the company’s six warehouses in France will remain closed until at least Wednesday, following a feud over sanitary conditions.