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Thermal Imaging Systems and COVID-19

Matt Golueke June 9, 2020 13:54 PM

Figure one: A picture of an infrared thermal camera pointed at a woman standing by herself in a public space. The camera displays her thermal image on the camera screen. Her face is shown on the screen in a reddish orange color indicating her skin has a higher surface temperature than her clothing displayed as yellow and the distant background displayed as gray. The temperature displayed on the screen as 31.7o Celsius.

It should come as no surprise that manufacturers of thermal imaging devices are working to assist employers with getting back to work safely. However, getting clear and accurate guidance is coming from sources outside of the thermal imaging manufacturers community.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have provided guidance and resources for specifiers, installers, and users of non-contact infrared thermometer (NCIT) systems.

 

FDA Guidance on Thermal Imaging Systems (Infrared Thermographic Systems / Thermal Imaging Cameras)

Guidance from the FDA in May offers insight into how thermal imaging can be used in determining skin temperature. The Administration outlines benefits, limits, proper use, environmental setup, blackbody use, as well as common FAQs.

Read the FDA guidance >>

Figure one: A picture of an infrared thermal camera pointed at a woman standing by herself in a public space. The camera displays her thermal image on the camera screen. Her face is shown on the screen in a reddish orange color indicating her skin has a higher surface temperature than her clothing displayed as yellow and the distant background displayed as gray. The temperature displayed on the screen as 31.7o Celsius.

 

Read the FDA's NCIT Fact Sheet >>

Figure 1: Correct Use – Forehead unobstructed, and NCIT perpendicular to forehead & used at distance identified in manufacturer’s instructions

 

Security Industry Association Resources

telethermographySusan Kohn Ross of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, chair of SIA’s Global Commerce Working Group, explores the current focus on temperature taking in the return-to-work environment and key challenges and considerations for adapting thermography machines to take advantage of this unexpected business opportunity and this new use as medical devices. Read more >>

 

In this on-demand SIA webinar, researchers from IPVM offer a fast-paced educational session on thermal temperature screening solutions, sometimes called fever detection cameras. In this 30-minute session, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how these systems work,the factors that impact accuracy and actionable tips and best practices for deploying such solutions.

 

COVID-19 ResourcesSIA’s new Resources for COVID-19 and Business Continuity page contains helpful information and guidance for people and businesses related to COVID-19, including new research and programs, health and prevention resources, regulatory and policy resources, business operations and continuity guidance and preparedness solutions and recommendations from SIA member companies.

Resources include:

  • RESEARCH RESULTS: IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE (security and safety) INDUSTRY
  • GUIDE TO STATE AND LOCAL COVID-19 PROGRAMS
  • COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE SUMMARY REPORTS
  • SIA-ESA-TMA LETTER TO PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERS ON IMPORTANCE OF SECURITY, FIRE, LIFE SAFETY AND MONITORING SERVICES
  • SIA-ASIS PARTNERSHIP ON COVID-19 RESPONSE

Access the resources here >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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