Implementing Thermal Cameras in Your Workplace

COVID-19 is causing businesses of all kinds to adapt by adding new technologies like temperature screening for guests and employees to be checked prior to entrance into the places they are gathering. Many organizations are investing in temperature screening technology, such as thermal cameras, to ensure that individuals who actively have a fever cannot enter to possibly infect others around them. 

If you’re curious about what thermal imaging is and why you need it, feel free to check out our blog post on why you need thermal imaging.  

Once the tech has been purchased, figuring out how to implement temperature screening and creating your processes can be tricky–  There’s a lot to consider! Here is a guide to help you implement your thermal cameras. 

 

Warning: Thermal cameras are in no way a way to diagnose someone with COVID-19. These cameras are to help see if someone has an elevated body temperature and to prevent the sick from entering the building. 

 

Location

The placement of temperature screening devices is key. Here are a couple of things to consider when choosing the location of your temperature screening. 

    • The flow of traffic– You want to make sure you screen people either before or right after they enter the building. If your building has multiple doors consider pick the highest traffic location. 
    • Sunlight- If you keep the devices in a place that has a lot of sunlight it can cause the temperature readings to be inaccurate or to be unable to read a person’s temperature. If you do choose to place your temperature screening outside make sure you use a tent to help reduce the amount of sunlight.

 

  • Chokepoint vs. Mass scan- A chokepoint is when subjects individually get screened one by one and stand in a designated spot to do so. While, ideally, people would want to be able to do mass scans, they are not accurate enough to protect the public.  Mass scans are not in a controlled environment with uncontrolled subjects this can cause inaccurate readings.
  • The temperature of the room- You want to make sure your room has a consistent temperature and try to avoid places with a lot of temperature changes. The ideal temperature should be from 68-76℉ with the humidity levels between 10- 50%

 

Setup
Once the location is picked the setup of the screening system is vital to assure you get the most accurate reading

 

  • Background- Try to avoid any reflective backgrounds such as glass or metallic surfaces. 
  • Blackbody Radiation- Some thermal cameras require the use of blackbody radiation to calibrate the system for the most accurate body temperature reading.

 

Image from the Thermal Imaging Systems (Infrared Thermographic Systems / Thermal Imaging Cameras)

 

Here is a good example of a proper setup. Be sure before setting your thermal imaging system you read all of the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Compliance

Before implementing thermal screening be sure to read up on all regulations put in place. 

 

COVID-19 has uprooted our normal lives and we do need to take the extra precautions for the good of the public and to protect our companies and businesses from liability. Implementing thermal screening with your security team and locations can help lower the risk of COVID-19 infecting your workplaces and venues.

5 Things Your Security Team Needs To Do Before the States Reopen

Due to COVID-19, security has taken on a new role of screening people before entering the building and enforcing new regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is putting your team at the front line and at risk of being infected. Before states open up to the public we need to prepare.  Here are 5 things to consider doing before the states reopen.

  • Using technology to limit in-person interactions:

One effective way to limit in-person contact is to use technology to help screen employees and visitors. We talked more in-depth about thermal imaging in the blog Why you Need thermal Imaging. It is a great tool to use to screen people coming into the building because it uses heat to detect its images so it can tell you the temperature of someone’s body. This can be helpful especially against the potential of people who may refuse to let someone take their temp. If you are looking for a bit of a more cost-friendly solution get a no-contact infrared thermometer. These devices allow you to accurately read someone’s body temperature without coming into physical contact with that person. A great way to prevent contact with people entering the building is through visitor management. You can add prescreening questions to the kiosk such as “ have you had a high temperature?” This can allow you to screen and gather the contact information of a visitor in case someone comes down with Corona you can contact them. 

  • Staying up to date on COVID-19 prevention laws:

The laws may vary from state to state and may update frequently. Most states will require people to wear facemasks to enter buildings.  Keeping up to date and enforcing these laws will help reduce the number of people who are infected with COVID-19. While the public may not like these rules it is important to not be lenient on them to help lower chances we have to go back in lockdown. Make sure to post signs outside saying you must wear a mask so visitors are not caught off guard when you ask them if they have a mask. 

  • Boosting training:

While shift attendance has been up it is important to know that this time is trying and many people are experiencing low morale. Help keep your guards motivated by making training through e-learning programs. They can be done anywhere and can help educate the guard on how to react in new situations that COVID-19 may put them in. Check out CSA360s features page to learn more about e-learning

  • Streamlining communications:

Communication within the security team will be more important than ever. Make sure to emphasize the importance of letting your shift leaders know if you’re running a fever or feel sick, having a digital Comm Log can really help keep this process efficient. Keep in mind that you can use push notifications to notify the team if someone enters the building with a fever or if there is a risk. There has been an uptick in COVID crimes these are crimes being committed in protest of the new laws being put in place. A more recent example of a COVID crime is the security officer who unfortunately lost his life due to denying someone from entering a building without a mask. Having the ability to use push notifications that there is a risk in the building will allow you to asses the situation and act upon it accordingly. 

  • End of shift checklist

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by keeping building spaces clean and disinfected. Keeping the guardhouse and command centers clean will be a must. While notably most command centers are not clean keeping them clean is more important than ever.  At the end of shifts create a checklist with things your guards should wipe down with disinfectant. This will help make sure the next guard on shift will not get sick. As well it will help boost the morale of your security team as a clean space is very welcoming.

 

Times are very trying right now and the public is on edge. It is our job as security is to help the public feel more assured. We are here for you, keep up the good work!

Why You Need Thermal Imaging

When the stay at home order is lifted and the public goes back to work the threat of Covid-19 will still be a clear and present threat.  To regain some semblance of normal life, we need to adapt and take measures that we’ve never seen used widely in public settings. Identifying and preventing potentially infected people from entering public places and workplaces is a must if we ever plan on returning to daily life. Thermal imaging technology and the ability to read heat signatures are making this possible.

 What is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal imaging cameras are able to detect heat and translate that heat energy into visible light energy that can easily be interpreted by your trained staff. These cameras allow us to see the temperature elevations in the skin, possibly indicating a fever is present, which we most commonly see when an individual is fighting infection. Thermal imaging allows manned security to have a safe, non-contact, screening to ensure the physical safety of the building by preventing potentially infected people from entering your building. 

 

Thermal Imaging, while sophisticated, isn’t a new technology, it was first used in the Korean War to find the enemy and fight in nighttime combat. Since then, the technology has been adopted by firefighters, police, and rescue teams, as well as electricians and building inspectors. What is different is the potential widespread use of this technology and the impacts that it can make on the mass population.

 

What type of camera do you need?
There are many thermal cameras on the market, some even have phone apps that claim to be able to use thermal detection (the jury is still out on the accuracy of these thermal imaging apps). When you begin your search for thermal imaging cameras, you want a one that offers actual temperature measurements and high pixel resolution. dahua offers a great line of thermal monitoring cameras- Check out FLIR to learn more about thermal detection cameras.

 

The world is on edge it is our job to make sure people feel safe and secure. Thermal imaging can offer a new layer and more assurance that you are taking the extra steps necessary to prevent people infected with Covid-19 from entering the places and spaces that you protect. 

Importance of Contact Tracing

Once the stay at home order is lifted and we are allowed to go back to work. It is time to start thinking of the reality that Coronavirus may be a recurring community issue. It is detrimental that we adapt to help prevent viral outbreaks, especially in the workplace. Implementing the practice of Contact Tracing will be extremely beneficial as new responsibility in employee health and wellness practice.


What is contact tracing 

According to the World Health Organization, contact tracing is:  

People in close contact with someone who is infected with a virus, such as the Ebola virus, are at higher risk of becoming infected themselves, and of potentially further infecting others.

Closely watching these contacts after exposure to an infected person will encourage exposed individuals to seek care and treatment, and will prevent further transmission of the virus.
Once identified they will need to notify all who have may have come in contact with them. Having a tool like a visitor management system can allow you to see who was in the office which can allow you to help contact trace. As well as many companies are working on coming out with a solution to check out this article about contact tracing through Android and Apple devices   

Why is this important?

According to the World Health organization, Coronavirus particles can last up to several hours to several days on different surface media.  Identifying people who have shared spaces with confirmed cases, who may be unknowingly infected, will allow extra precautionary vigilance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As said by Benjamin Franklin, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

You never know what is going to happen, it is best to prepare for anything. But don’t feel discouraged. With practices like contact tracing, we call work together to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  CSA 360 can help you be prepared! Check out how visitor management software is your first line of defense

Visitor Management software: Your First Line of Defense

The impact if the Coronavirus has been a life-altering change for an entire generation, and the permanent changes to the ways we live our daily and work lives are yet to be determined. People are wondering what life will be like after quarantine, how will the office setting and face-to-face meetings work when we are cleared to resume daily activity? We know it won’t go back to the way it was, and according to the World Health Organization’s top experts, without big changes to prevent the disease, COVID-19 could possibly become a seasonal illness similar to what we see of the seasonal flu.  

 

Individuals need to do our best to stop the person to person transmission of the coronavirus, especially in the workplace. One way companies and office managers can help reduce the risk of employees coming to contact with or spreading Coronavirus is by implementing a visitor management software in the office. 

 

How?

Having streamlined office communication is more important than ever because of the Coronavirus. Hear me out–  Visitor Management aids in the protection of your employees by providing the tools to more closely track information about visitors coming into the physical office. Customize Visitor Management flow to pre-screen for illnesses or current symptoms. 

Having a regularly sanitized iPad or smart tablet check-in at the door as your first line of defense not only reduces the risk for the front desk worker, but it will also free them up to do other important tasks. Having an entrance check-in kiosk will allow you to collect other important information from visitors such as, have they traveled recently, or ask for important custom contact info. Once a visitor checks in, the host will be notified by email or push notification to their phone. No need to have the front desk agent go-between guests and employees to chase co-workers down.


A benefit of using visitor management, especially in this time of pandemic, is if a visitor becomes ill with COVID-19 and you are contacted, knowing who the visitor saw will allow you to help take action approved measures prevent the spread of the virus. Additionally prescreening will eliminate the potential for a guest to come into the workplace infected. It is important now more than ever to know who is coming and going from your office space. It’s not just about knowing where your people are, it is about knowing where everyone is.

The Importance of E-learning in time of a Pandemic

Coronavirus has been rapidly spreading throughout the US with thousands of new cases being confirmed every day and states shutting down all non-essential businesses. This is making the public anxious. The world needs Physical Security now more than ever, some companies in the Midwest are currently hiring guards to protect properties while most employees are working from home or laid off. 

 

It is important to make sure that your security team is prepared and in the know about ever-changing regulations and procedures. One of the best ways to ensure that your team is ready for the unique challenges we are facing through this unusual time is through the power of eLearning. 

 

  • eLearning is becoming a vital tool to have in your arsenal since it lives in the digital space, your learners can take in information and be tested on it from anywhere. You can update your team’s curriculum instantly, even when they are off duty- they can still receive the assignment. This feature is great because new information regarding best practices with Coronavirus is constantly being turned out.
  • eLearning allows you to create content for your team to brush up on old and new security policies and offers testing to verify knowledge retention and record proof of completion. 
  • eLearning allows you to teach your team about new information where it’s applicable to compliance with laws, policies, and orders that are put in place to protect the public and employees against the spread of Coronavirus.

 

Utilizing tools like CSA360’s eLearning platform can have a major impact on your current and future operations practices.

A letter from Tony Unfried

I’ve been on the fence about whether or not I should post something about Covid-19, but I feel like it’s my responsibility to say something as we steer through some unprecedented times. This just isn’t the time to be selling anything.

 

I think I can safely say that the need for security services won’t come to a complete halt. There are still people and properties that require constant protection, and for some, that need is greater now more than ever.

 

To our clients, I want you to know that we are here for you. We know that this is one of the most difficult times to navigate for Professional Security Practitioners and the Security Industry as a whole. If you have questions about the best ways to use your CSA360 software stack to encourage social-distancing and limiting contact, please reach out to us at support@csa360.app, and we will do our best to make suggestions for your unique situation.

 

To everyone receiving this Please be safe and err on the side of caution. The last week has shown the world just how quickly Covid-19 can spread, and it’s not even close to peak momentum. If you suspect that you have an employee who might be sick, send them home to prevent the spread of this virus. Please.

 

As an additional note, beware of any website that prompts you to download any software to be able to access a map of Covid-19 infected areas. Hackers will never miss an opportunity to get your information. According to TheNextWeb.com, Security researchers at Reason Labs have found that hackier have developed maps to grab information stored in your browser such as your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers.

 

Protect yourself and your team, and we’re here if you need us.

 

Best regards,

Tony Unfried

Coronavirus Readiness in the Security World

 

 

With  Coronavirus making its way through the US, and the number of cases increasing every day, it is time we start preparing for the worst. The FDA saysWhile the U.S. Government considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the CDC has determined that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.” The CDC is still encouraging people to start taking preventative measures against the Coronavirus. It is important you prepare your security team because they will be handling the public and will have an extremely high chance of encountering Coronavirus.


Symptoms

While the incubation period for Coronavirus can last from 4-14 days, according to the CDC, signs a person has Coronavirus are:

  • Fever
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath.

How the virus spreads

Coronavirus spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from the nose and mouth of the infected person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales and the respiratory droplets come in contact with your mouth, eyes, and nose you can become infected with the virus. Additionally, you can become infected with Coronavirus if you touch an object that has recently come in contact with a person infected with Coronavirus then proceed to touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.


Taking preventative measures

While the World Health Organization (WHO) is hard at work coordinating efforts to develop a vaccine or specific drugs. At the current moment, the most effective way is to practice proper hygiene. Here are some suggestions based upon the FDA and WHO. 

  •  Encourage your security team to wash their hands regularly. Not only will that help prevent the Coronavirus, but it can help prevent other viruses such as the flu and common cold, which all result in missed shifts. 
  • Have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer at the ready. While it’s not as good as handwashing, this is a quick preventative way you can use if you touch a surface that may have the virus on it.
  • Have facemasks at the ready for people who are coughing or could possibly have Corona. You should also wear a mask if you are dealing with a person thought to be infected by Coronavirus. Make sure you apply the face mask properly. WHO made this great article explaining when and how to use a face mask.

Best Three Ways to Improve Your Security Team

Have you ever had a security officer sleeping on the job?  Do you feel like some of your security staff are not properly trained? Learning how to keep your workers accountable for their work is hard, but not impossible. In today’s article, we are going to talk about ways to make your workers more accountable.

 


Training

 Many officers have not had the proper training or it has been a while since an officer has been educated on recent or new trends. It is important to keep Security officers prepared for any occasion. Requiring quick training once a month will assure your security team is in the know. With the rise of technology, training has never been easier with E-learning capabilities.


Incentivize 

It can be difficult to keep workers motivated. Motivation is the key to efficiency. Everyone underestimates the power of a simple reward. Rewarding workers doesn’t haven’t to be a big reward. Giving a worker a $10- $20 gift card for having perfect attendance can be a great way to motivate your employees.


Security software 

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days. While some workplaces see them as a curse, you can use them to your advantage. Using security software will allow you to have everything you need in one place such as incident reports, dispatch, check-ins, visitor management, etc. Never hear excuses like ‘I couldn’t find the incident reports’. With cloud base technology everyone who has access to CSA360 can use and see the incident reports. Using Fit Bit technology you can now see when your Officers are sleeping on the job. Having everything you need such as incident reports, visitor management, tour confirmations, activity logs, and much more.

Record Keeping for Compliance

How is your regulations compliance going? When I was reading my marketing team’s blog post on compliance in 2020, I was thinking about what my days were like when I was still running a safety and security company, before I started CSA360. Keeping track of licensing, certifications, paper reports, schedules of 500+ people was a lot to handle. and those are some of the reasons I started CSA360.

Here’s how my team and I can help you and your team:


Record Keeping –

This is so important, not only for state regulation compliance but to protect you from liability. Think about your incident reports, visitor logs, tour confirmation checkpoints, data collected from your custom-built forms, all of that is important to be able to pull up if/when you are asked.

And even bigger than all of the items listed above is keeping records of all licensing and certification of your employees. Most states have a licensing requirement for all security guards, and keeping up with expiration dates is impossible unless you have a system that allows you to run reports or that can be set to alert you when you need to begin collecting renewed documentation.


Workforce Records –

I didn’t have anything like this before I built it, and there were times that I really could have used it (every day)- HR Commander allows our clients to search and filter results for schedules both current and historical, site locations, events, to retrieve valuable data whenever you need it.


Liability Defense –

Keeping the most detailed records and taking it digital can be the greatest thing you do for your business. By going digital with your forms and using required fields in the response boxes, you are guiding your employees to submitting complete records and reports, which can support you in the event of litigation. Then store that complete data in the cloud for instant retrieval, and you’re in an excellent place to protect yourself.


If you have questions or want to compare our system to your current one, fill out the contact form and I will have a member of my team reach out to you.

Cheers!

Tony Unfried