After walkouts, Amazon pledges temperature checks and masks in all warehouses

From The Verge: Amazon has pledged new health protections for its workers in fulfillment centers in the US and Europe, as first reported by Reuters. Under the new system, workers will receive a no-contact temperature check on arrival, and anyone who tests over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) will be sent home. Workers will also receive surgical masks for use while on the premises. The protections are planned to be in place by next week.

The Verge can confirm that warehouse workers from at least two sites have been informed of the new protections, some as early as Tuesday.

Amazon also plans to monitor on-site video feeds using software algorithms to ensure workers are appropriately distanced in the workplace, addressing previous concerns about overcrowding.

Amazon’s fulfillment teams have grown increasingly concerned about the lack of health protections at warehouse sites, which many believe is putting them at risk amid an unprecedented surge in demand. At one Detroit warehouse, management failed to notify employees when a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19 and was slow to respond when a second employee also tested positive.

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