Early on Wednesday morning James Quain was one of 120 KJ Industrial Scaffolding workers having their temperature taken before heading to work.
Mr Quain simply drove into KJ's yard on Five Islands Road at Cringila, wound down his window and had a temperature gun pointed at his forehead.
The simple procedure has become the daily norm at the Wollongong business that sends its workforce to job sites throughout the Illawarra and Sydney every day.
It introduced the practice two weeks ago to ensure no one was working with a temperature and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Once an employee has been tested they receive a coloured wristband stamped on day of issue by a manager.There is a different colour for each day. Masks, face shields and gloves have also been issued.
Once KJ staff reach their worksite they work as an isolated team in their own designated area. It has worked so well the practice is being adopted by other companies.
Each morning from 5am to 9am Wollongong First Aid contractors such as Sophie Woodford wait armed and ready to take each workers temperature. There is no physical contact. And is so quick and easy the service has been offered to families of employees. Partners on their way to work are being tested as well as children on their way to school.
KJ's business development manager Brett Rodwell said on Wednesday not one of the 120 people tested registered a high temperature. If anyone did they would not be allowed to work and be referred for further medical assessment.
"It is like a drive-thru service on the way to work. We hope these initiatives encourage other businesses in the Illawarra to do the same. At this time we have not had anyone told not to work,"
General manager Adam Oswald said he introduced the daily testing two weeks ago because as a company KJ had an obligation and duty of care to it's employees and extended family members to be proactive in trying to reduce the spread of the virus.
Mr Oswald said the feedback from KJ employees is they feel safer on the job.
In addition to the daily temperature testing the company has introduced regular communication and education about COVID-19.
"We want to protect out employees and their families and ensure clients have confidence in people turning up to their site. The long term objective is that we can keep working and our people can stay employed."
Mr Oswald said as a business said the last thing KJ or any company wanted was for COVID-19 not to be detected and spread through the entire workforce.
"This is a way of managing the risk. During the first few days people might have thought what we are doing was a bit over the top. But within the last week everyone gets it and are starting to really appreciate how important this is".
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