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Harmons to start taking employees' temperatures before every shift

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Harmons is joining other grocers and retail stores by taking employees' temperatures prior to their shift in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus. (Photo: KUTV)

Harmons is joining other major retail stores by taking employees' temperatures prior to their shift in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

According to the statement from the company, if an associate comes in with a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they will be sent home and instructed to call their healthcare provider.

If an employee exhibits symptoms of being ill while at work, they will also be sent home.

In both of these cases, the Harmons' food safety team will be notified.

“This proactive action is being taken to mitigate potential exposure to our customers and other associates,” Dean Peterson, Harmons president and CEO, stated in a press release. “We continue to work closely with the Utah Department of Health and are following the guidance set by the CDC.”

Harmons is working to sanitize and inspect its stores and food preparation equipment several times a day in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Associates are also regularly trained on hygiene practices for handling food, according to the release. Several weeks ago, they were provided with health information from the CDC and were informed to stay home if they feel ill.



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