Walmart & Sams Club Implement Daily Temperature Checks for Employees
In an attempt to help control the spread of Covid-19, Walmart has just announced that they will begin checking the temperatures of all of their employees when they report for their scheduled shifts. The retailer said in a press release that they will be issuing infared thermometers to their stores, clubs and facilities.
As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we’ve decided to begin taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions. We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks.
Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.
Many associates have already been taking their own temperatures at home, and we’re asking them to continue that practice as we start doing it on-site. And we’ll continue to ask associates to look out for other symptoms of the virus (coughing, feeling achy, difficulty breathing) and never come to work when they don’t feel well.
As the virus continues to spread and the United States and the world continue to make efforts to "flatten the curve," this is just another example of essential businesses doing what they can to protect their employees and the public.