Amazon is tightening all nuts to avoid hearing that any worker gets infected as they’re exploring different technological approaches to screening warehouse workers for COVID-19. The company confirmed to Reuters that it’s using thermal cameras at some warehouses to check for new coronavirus.
Amazon didn’t get to explain the move in detail, but it’s believe that the method should be faster and safer than the traditional methods of checking everyone with a forehead thermometer.
Although, workers confirmed that Amazon still asks for a thermometer check as required by ‘international standard’ on anyone the thermal cameras flag, that method involves slipping the thermometer through a plexiglas screen.
Another advantage of the cameras is that it could be safer by reducing the amount of contact between employees, both for screeners and those who’d otherwise have to queue up to go through checks.
Amazon did not mention the number of warehouses that are using the cameras, but Whole Foods is also expected to replace thermometer checks with cameras at its stores.
The camera move is not an assurance that warehouse staff will not infect each other with the virus. It’ll also not address accusations that Amazon is firing critics of its labor practices, including its COVID-19 safety measures.
The company’s move towards installing the cameras simply suggest that the company is aware of the importance of safe and effective screening. Infections would not only cost business, but risk creating serious supply disruptions at a time when many people worldwide are relying heavily on Amazon to deliver essentials if not controlled.