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Thermal Temperature Monitoring Keeping Key Workers Safe

Thermal Temperature Monitoring Keeping Key Workers Safe
06 August 2020
 

The ability to monitor employees’ temperatures using contactless technology is helping to keep essential industries operating safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designated as an essential service during the pandemic, Amcor Flexibles manufactures pharmaceutical and medical packaging. It remained operational with thanks to temperature monitoring solutions from STANLEY Security, amongst other measures.

An existing customer of STANLEY, Amcor now has a contactless wall-mounted temperature monitor in the reception area of their Winterbourne site. This means that the company can help effectively manage the risk of their staff potentially transmitting coronavirus.

It has also kept the business open and working at full capacity through the UK’s initial lockdown.

 

A Contactless and Non-Invasive Solution

 

COVID-19 has created a dramatic shift in the way we work, and the way we use buildings. Demand for contactless solutions in commercial buildings is predicted to grow, particularly with the prevalence of hygiene anxiety. Eliminating unnecessary contact between individuals will be essential in minimising the threat of contamination, and improving employee confidence. 

With this in mind, a temperature monitoring solution used to detect elevated temperatures of anyone entering the main reception area was installed for Amcor.

Whilst a raised temperature is not always an indication of illness, the ability to monitor temperatures of people arriving on-site is one extra measure to help protect against the spread of the virus. 

Using a wall-mounted hybrid thermal network camera, a blackbody calibration device, and a network video recorder (NVR), the system is intended to be contactless and non-invasive for users.

 

“So far we’ve only had one person who was detected with an elevated temperature and was sent for a test.  But that single person could have come into contact with five or six people during the course of their working day."

–Shaun Golding

 Operations Manager, Amcor Flexibles, Winterbourne Site

 

How Does The System Work?

 

The system is able to monitor temperatures within large groups of people at a distance, reducing manpower requirements and improving personnel safety.

 

  • The black body device provides a constant reference temperature in view of the thermal camera, for accurate temperature monitoring during continuous operation. This prevents changes in the ambient temperature – such as air conditioning being activated – from affecting the system’s accuracy.
  • When a person with an elevated temperature is detected by the system, an alert is raised which is then acted upon by reception staff during office hours or security staff out of hours.  Amcor has a clear policy for dealing with this situation, which differs depending on the nature of the visitor.

 

Amcor Flexibles Winterbourne's Operations Manager, Shaun Golding commented that the system has proven very straightforward to use and is a valuable addition to the raft of measures the company has in place to protect its staff from COVID-19:

“So far we’ve only had one person who was detected with an elevated temperature and was sent for a test.  But that single person could have come into contact with five or six people during the course of their working day.

“By having this Temperature Monitoring Solution in place, we prevented that from happening, further reducing the risk.”

“STANLEY Security installed the system in less than a day, without any disruption to our business. The services they have provided us has been really good and I would recommend them.”

Picture: A collage of photographs showing a reception area, a hybrid thermal network camera and a screengrab of the technology in action, showing a person's temperature being taken

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 06 August 2020

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