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BHP begins thermal screening at Adelaide Airport

BHP has adopted new body temperature screening procedures at Adelaide Airport to keep our people, their families and communities safe.

Thermal testing is a quick and easy way to measure the temperature of passengers while ensuring appropriate social distancing measures are maintained.

Under the new protocols, passengers recording 38C or above on a thermal camera will be asked to take a secondary test using a thermometer.

Anyone still recording an elevated temperature will not be permitted to board the flight until they obtain a medical certificate saying they are fit to fly.

Following a successful trial of 280 people with Santos on Thursday, Chris Van Laarhoven, Principal Operational Readiness at BHP, said these new procedures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by identifying people with a fever who may not otherwise know they are sick.

“We’re not saying anyone who returns a fever has the virus. All we’re telling them is that they are running a high temperature, even if they don’t feel ill“.

Chris added that this was a vital step in protecting our communities.

“We’re not only looking out for the health and safety of our people at site, we're doing the best we can to stop the spread and keep Roxby Downs safe”, he said.

"Roxby is a very closely-knitted community. If we're bringing passengers who are sick then that will affect the township as well.

BHP charters around 42 flights from Adelaide Airport every week that transport thousands of our people to the Olympic Dam copper mine.  

From next week, we will extend the screening to bus operations to and from Adelaide and Roxby Downs.

Find out what else we’re doing to keep our people and communities safe on our COVID-19 page