For seniors who need to remain at home because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that they have activities to enjoy and keep themselves occupied. The outside world seemingly presents endless opportunities for leisure and enjoyment, but there are still many engaging home activities for seniors to participate in while in quarantine.
Many businesses have either been closed or have had their employees working remotely since the first stay at home orders were issued in mid-March. Now many states are beginning to reopen, and people are starting to return to work. As companies begin to welcome back their employees, they need to also be cautious about screening their employees to make sure they are not bringing the coronavirus into the workplace. It is important reduce the risk of spreading the virus and protect your employees as well as their families.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other trusted health organizations are recommending that employers screen their returning employees to ensure safety in the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also released an employee screening guide informing employers that they have the right to conduct limited medical inquiries on their returning employees including temperature checks and COVID-19 diagnostic testing without being in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These regulations were put into place because of the threat that infected employees pose to others.
At Assisting Hands Richmond, we provide employee wellness screenings for businesses in the Richmond, VA area. Our professionals will provide on-site assessments of your employees for COVID-19 indicators as they return to work, including body temperature scans and screening for symptoms. We are trained to follow proper protocols in regard to infection control and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
COVID-19 Wellness Screening Best Practices
Effective employee screening will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 coming into your workplace. It is important for all employers to follow these best practices for employee screening to keep their workplaces safe:
Ask Employees About Symptoms
According to the EEOC, employers have the right to ask their employees if they are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms recognized by public health authorities like the CDC. These symptoms include coughing, fever, sore throat, chills, shortness of breath and more. Employers can require their employees to say if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms and if they have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
When asking questions, employers must avoid asking about health issues, such as symptoms and underlying conditions, that are not related to COVID-19. However, you can ask an employee questions about their underlying condition and their risks if exposed to COVID-19 when determining if the employee should be allowed to stay home. As part of our wellness screenings the professionals at Assisting Hands Richmond will ask your employees about possible COVID-19 symptoms, evaluate their responses and alert management if there are any potential warning signs. Management and the employees can be assured that their personal medical information will remain confidential per HIPPA and EEOC requirements
Body Temperature Checks
Employers can administer body temperature checks on their employees on-site or allow them to check their temperatures at home. Either way, employers must notify their employees when such checks will be required.
If you choose to do body temperature checks on-site, follow these guidelines for best practices:
- Create a consistent process for temperature checks
- Consider using a third party like Assisting Hands Richmond if you cannot handle it in-house
- Make sure the checks are done in a private space
- Use thermal scanners or no-contact thermometers
- Make sure employees waiting in line for checks follow social distancing
- If applicable, compensate employees for the time spent waiting for a check
- Decide how you will record the results and make sure the records are safe,secure and HIPPA compliant
- Remind employees that it is possible for asymptomatic people to have a normal body temperature
Body temperature checks using no-contact thermometers are included in the wellness screenings conducted by Assisting Hands Richmond.
Employee Wellness Screenings from Assisting Hands Richmond
Assisting Hands Richmond provides employee wellness screenings to check for signs of COVID-19 as your employees return to work. Our COVID-19 screenings include:
- Body temperature checks with non-contact thermometers
- Screening for symptoms of COVID-19
- Asking questions to determine the risk and exposure level of your employees
- Recommendations for effective infection control
- Follow your processes for fit-for-duty reporting
Our professionals will work with supervisors within your company to ask questions to those experiencing symptoms or who have been exposed. If you want Assisting Hands to help with employee temperature screenings for your business in the Richmond, VA area, give us a call at (804) 533-6505 to learn more.