Covid testing expanded to more workplaces in England

With the BBC reporting workplace testing for Covid has been extended to more companies in England whose staff cannot work from home, you might be asking why should we pay for rapid test kits?

Well it may be that your business does not have fifty employees or more. Previously the scheme was made available only for companies with 250 employees or more.

Businesses with more than 50 employees are now able to access lateral flow tests, which can produce results in less than 30 minutes. 'Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged businesses and employees to take up the offer to "stop this virus spreading".

"When you consider that around one in three people have the virus without symptoms and could potentially infect people without even knowing it, it becomes clear why focusing testing on those without symptoms is so essential," he said, adding that firms should regularly test staff.

The government said the wider criteria would "hugely" increase the number of different businesses that are able to sign up, with small and medium sized companies now able to take part' - from BBC article.

 

Register Here:

If your company has more than fifty employees you can access the government website to register here:  Register for the Rapid Testing programme.

Less than 50 employees

If your company has less than fifty employees and you do not want to lose time sending staff for testing, it may make commercial sense for your company to purchase and conduct testing in-house using commercially available rapid flow lateral flow antigen test kits.

Acon Flowflex AntiGen Rapid Test Kits  can be purchased online and should be adminstered or overseen by a healthcare professional. Conducting testing is enabling a growing number of organisations and small businesses to carry out fast, localised testing for staff, customers and visitors, (when they are allowed to visit your company).

If you'd like to find out more, visit our Rapid Testing FAQ's here.