Transport Canada Temperature Screening Standards

Foreword

This document defines the technical standards and processes for the use of temperature screening equipment.

This document will be reviewed and amended from time to time to reflect necessary changes to new and emerging threats to civil aviation.

1 – Purpose

This document establishes the Transport Canada standards for temperature screening for the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 13 (Interim Order).

2 – Definitions (Only for the purpose of this document)

Infrared (IR) Handheld Thermometer – optoelectronic instrument adapted for non-contact measurement of the temperature of a subject by utilizing infrared radiation exchange between the subject and the sensor.

Thermal Camera – a non-contact, non-invasive, non-ionizing temperature screening medical electrical equipment used to measure face temperature and indicate the screened region with a different colour if the temperature is above the threshold temperature setting. Such a device is commonly referred to as an infrared camera.

3 – Equipment Standards

  1. For the purpose of subsection 12(1) of the Interim Order, the standards for the equipment to be used to conduct temperature screening are:
    1. Any IR handheld thermometer; or
    2. Any thermal camera.
  2. For the purpose of subsection 22(1) of the Interim Order, the standards for the equipment to be used to conduct temperature screening are:
    1. IR handheld thermometer, entitled Standard specification for infrared thermometers for intermittent determination of patient temperature (ASTM E1965-98:2016), published by the American Society for Testing and Materials or Medical electrical equipment – Part 2-56: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of clinical thermometers for body temperature measurement (ISO 80601-2-56:2017), published by the International Organization for Standardization.; or
    2. Thermal camera, entitled Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of screening thermographs for human febrile temperature screening (IEC8061-2-59:2017), published by the International Electrotechnical Commission.
  3. For the purpose of subsections 12(2), 19(2) and 22(2) of the Interim Order, the standards for the equipment to be used to conduct temperature screening are:
    1. IR handheld thermometer, entitled Standard specification for infrared thermometers for intermittent determination of patient temperature (ASTM E1965-98:2016), published by the American Society for Testing and Materials or Medical electrical equipment – Part 2-56: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of clinical thermometers for body temperature measurement (ISO 80601-2-56:2017), published by the International Organization for Standardization.

4 – Temperature Screening – Procedures

  1. In the case of an air carrier that is not relying on an authorized person to conduct temperature screenings under subsection 12(1), the procedure to conduct a temperature screening under subsections 12(1) and (2), and 22(1) and (2) of the Interim Order is:
    1. The air carrier or screening authority conducts the temperature screening using either a thermal camera or an IR handheld thermometer that meets a standard listed in section 3;
    2. Prior to conducting the temperature screening on a person using an IR handheld thermometer, any obstruction to the forehead, such as headwear or hair, is removed;
    3. Prior to conducting the temperature screening on a person using a thermal camera, eye wear is removed;
    4. If the result is a temperature reading of 38°C or greater, a secondary screening is performed by starting this process again using an IR handheld thermometer;
    5. A temperature reading of 38°C or greater measured at the forehead using an IR handheld thermometer after a secondary screening is considered an elevated temperature.
  2. In the case of an air carrier that is relying, in accordance with subsection 19(2), on an authorized person to conduct a temperature screening under subsection 12(1) of the Interim Order, the procedure to conduct that temperature screening is:
    1. The authorized person conducts the temperature screening using an IR handheld thermometer that meets a standard listed in section 3(c);
    2. Prior to conducting the temperature screening on a person using an IR handheld thermometer, any obstruction to the forehead, such as headwear or hair, is removed;
    3. An elevated temperature is a temperature reading greater than or equal to a threshold temperature of 38°C. If a threshold temperature set by the authorized person is a higher standard than 38°C, then the threshold temperature of the higher standard will be used for temperature reading.

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