Canadian Law of Work Forum Publishes an Article by Daniel Michaluk on Temperature Screening for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Hicks Morley’s Daniel Michaluk authored an article in the Canadian Law of Work Forum titled “Temperature Screening for the Coronavirus – Necessary but not Sufficient.”
As we move deeper into the global pandemic, the use of temperature screening to control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak is presenting as a potential security and public health control. It may be used by those who control physical access to premises. Employers, for example, control access to workplaces. Service providers may likewise control access to stores, entertainment venues and other physical premises. Along with this control comes a range of safety-related duties that arise out of occupational health and safety legislation, occupiers’ liability legislation and the common law.
The World Health Organization says that temperature screening should always be used with other controls – health messages, a primary questionnaire and data collection and response. Employers and other organizations who wish to meet their safety-related duties should therefore not rest on temperature screening alone.