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C O V I D - 1 9 U P D AT E

REDUCING

RISK
Infrared walk-through temperature scanners
help Tyson protect its employees
BY J O E L C R E WS | j c r e w s @ s o s l a n d.c o m

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If a person
is identified
as having an
elevated body
temperature,
the system
responds with
an audible
warning and
a flashing
warning on
a screen.

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has invested in the next generation of that
technology, FevIR Scan 2, the skin temperature
measurement system that has also recently
been purchased by many other food companies.
Most customers, including Tyson, install the
FevIR Scan system at each of their facility's entry
points. The system like the one Tyson invested
in is designed to screen people walking through
the scanner in groups. If a person is identified as
having an elevated body temperature, the system
responds with an audible warning and a flashing
warning on a screen.
The prospect of staffing an entryway of a
facility to check the temperature of hundreds
of employees using handheld devices during a
shift change at a food processing plant was a
problem most companies have been eager to
change. In this regard, Hames pointed out the
investment in an automated system is offset by
the savings of not employing the staff members
to check temperatures. It also minimizes the
risk of exposure to those people tasked with
taking the temperatures, face-to-face with each
employee.

Tyson Foods Inc.

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s a growing number of meat and poultry
processing plants have been forced to
cut back production or temporarily
close as the result of workers being infected
by the coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the
facilities have stepped up in-plant precautions
to protect workers. Initially, many companies'
first line of defense was to take the temperature
of each employee entering its facility using
handheld, non-contact forehead thermometers.
Tyson Foods Inc., on April 13, announced
it had invested in 150 infrared walk-through
temperature scanners, which it had already
installed in several of its plants with plans to
use the systems at all of its facilities.
The fever-detection systems being used
by Tyson are manufactured and supplied by
UK-based Thermoteknix.
Richard Hames, sales director for the
company, said its fever screening system
(FevIR Scan) was first developed in about
2003, after cases of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) were first discovered in
Asia. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Tyson


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