With the Holiday shopping season around the corner and positive COVID-19 cases rising again, Albertsons Companies is taking new steps to improve safety at its facilities by implementing a contactless temperature check and health screening solution for associates and vendors.
The new technology, now being deployed across all Albertsons Companies locations, enables a safer and more reliable health screening process for those who work in their stores and facilities.
According to the grocery retail chain, after extensive testing and process refinements, the selected technology, provided by Turing Video Inc., leverages a built-in touchless body temperature scanner and a digital COVID-19 health questionnaire. The new screening solution can help to avoid potential exposure for health screeners while ensuring effective temperature screening for all associates.
The enhanced process will be implemented across all markets regardless of their COVID-19 risk state, enabling Albertsons Companies to adhere to the latest CDC recommendations and regional mandates pertaining to health screenings.
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Upon successful completion of the temperature screening and validation of the health questionnaire, visible stickers are printed with “CLEAR” and the associate’s photo, which can then be worn by those screened who are not in food production areas. For those in food production positions, the stickers will be logged in the department, said the company.
“The health and safety of associates working in our facilities is a top priority, and the enhanced health screening process provides us with peace of mind while promoting a healthy workplace,” said Susan Morris, Chief Operations Officer, Albertsons Companies. “After testing multiple options, we are grateful for the support and partnership of Turing Video to deliver an effective, scalable solution.”
“Turing Video is excited to team up with Albertsons in this partnership,” said Jerry Zhong, Co-Founder and President of Turing Video. “A quick, easy, contactless, and effective health screen is a key to containing the spread of COVID-19, and Albertsons Companies quickly recognized the value in implementing this system.”
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with approximately 270,000 employees. The company operates more than 2,200 supermarkets under 20 banners across 34 states and the District of Columbia, and more than 1,700 in-store pharmacies.