Axios HR launches Workplace Health Screening service

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Axios HR is using noncontact thermometers at screening sites. Courtesy Axios HR
Shannon Burkel Courtesy Axios HR

The staffing division of a local human resources firm is providing screenings for COVID-19 in the workplace.

Grand Rapids-based Axios HR said last week that its division Staffing Inc. is now offering a Workplace Health Screening service to help employers reach compliance with Michigan’s new regulations to set up daily entry screening protocols to ensure COVID-19 does not spread on the job.

Shannon Burkel, chief client officer for Axios HR, said her firm “is truly vested in making a difference” by helping employees return to work safely.

“Many of our clients cannot sustain having their own employees stationed at various entry points at the beginning of each shift, and in some cases, 12 to 24 hours per day. Many employers expect daily health screenings to be necessary for several months, not just a few weeks. A sustainable solution is needed. Employers value the peace of mind that comes with partnering with Workplace Health Screening,” she said.

Burkel added the service allows employers to designate one contact person to communicate with the screening team to limit information sharing about screening results among employees.

Workplace Health Screening is an on-site service that includes the following:

  • Compliant access control
  • Temperature checks
  • Symptom assessment through approved screening questions
  • Coordination with internal HR/company leadership
  • Availability for any shift
  • Operation at one or more locations

The screening service was developed in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order (EO) 2020-77 signed May 8. The EO requires manufacturing facilities, many of which were allowed to reopen beginning May 11, to conduct daily entry screening protocols for workers, contractors, suppliers and any other individuals entering the facility.

Various businesses were excluded from the screening requirement in the EO, but many are adopting the process as a safety measure for their employees anyway, Burkel said. Staffing Inc. is reaching out to offer Workplace Health Screenings at professional office buildings, retailers, food service and hospitality locations, child care facilities and education institutions.

Burkel said Staffing Inc. is evaluating requests from community members to join its screening teams, a task force that so far includes teachers, retirees, medical professionals, college students, and food service and hospitality employees.

The firm is using noncontact thermometers at screening sites, but Burkel said technology advances are expected, potentially including temperature verification kiosks/tablets.

She said Staffing Inc. is adhering to the following basic recommendations for setting up access control at workplaces:

  1. Be cognizant of social distancing requirements for the employees waiting to have their temperatures checked.
  2. Consider whether additional shifts can be established to reduce the number of employees in the worksite at one time.
  3. Stagger the starting and ending times for shifts when possible (while still ensuring safe operations) to prevent employees from congregating during the shift changeover and to reduce crowding at entrances and exits.
  4. Create corridors — outside, but preferably covered in case it rains — where employees can enter the facility through a temperature-checking line.
  5. Have multiple lines to reduce crowding, if possible.
  6. Consider placing tape markings on the ground in the corridor to demarcate 6-foot lengths to ensure social distancing by employees while they are in line.

Those interested in the Workplace Health Screening service or becoming part of a screening team can contact health@staffinginc.com or (616) 889-2653 or contact Burkel at sburkel@axioshr.com or (616) 451-6228.

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