Workplace testing for COVID: FAQs

In the light of the recent expansion of the Government’s support for workplace testing, we address some common questions employers ask us.

What is current Government policy on workplace testing?

The Government has recently announced that rapid lateral flow testing will now be available to employers with more than 50 employees, considerably extending eligibility, as the threshold was previously set at 250. The Government has also launched an online portal to enable employers to order the tests they need.

Rapid workplace testing is in addition to community testing and the testing of symptomatic individuals via NHS Test and Trace.  The Government now hopes to build on the relatively small number of private sector employers testing employees who need to travel to work.

The aim of rapid workplace testing is to find and then isolate positive cases of asymptomatic individuals who would not have been identified by other test and trace measures, which rely primarily on testing symptomatic individuals.  It does not replace the need to adhere to Covid-secure guidelines for the relevant workplace setting.

If you would like advice about implementing workplace testing or information on the job retention scheme, please do get in touch or find out more on our coronavirus hub.


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