Coronavirus: AVT Reliability offers free support to help keep workforces safe19 May 2020

Plant reliability specialist AVT Reliability is using its expertise in thermal imaging – usually employed to detect faults in factory equipment – to help companies protect their workforce.

The firm, headquartered in Cheshire, has devised an endorsed thermal imaging procedure to screen employees for one of the classic signs of Covid-19 infection - a raised temperature - as they arrive on site.

It is now offering to set up any company’s thermal imaging equipment as a screening system at no cost, offer guidance and approach documents, or provide advice about suitable monitoring systems, for free.

It says that several companies have already taken up the offer and are screening staff as they arrive at work. AVT Reliability traditionally uses the technology to identify thermal anomalies in mechanical, electrical and process systems and alert clients to impending problems such as overheating.

PJ Cloete, thermal imaging technical authority at AVT Reliability, says: “We were happy to use our knowledge and experience of thermal imaging to adapt it to a more human application.

"Manufacturers are endeavouring to operate in extremely challenging circumstances due to the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and we know that every effort is being made to protect employees from the risk of infection. We wanted to offer whatever support we can and thermal imaging screening is one way to do this.”

The offer is open to any company, not just AVT Reliability clients. Anybody who wants more information about employee screening can contact AVT via phone at +44 (0)161 486 3737 or on email

Adam Offord

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