Businesses encouraged to register for workplace testing
All businesses in England with workers who need to leave their home to work are encouraged to make plans to support their workers to access regular testing for those without symptoms.
On 13 March, the Government announced that over 48,000 businesses have now registered their interest in the Government’s free workplace testing programme, using rapid lateral flow tests that can give a result in 30 minutes.
Over 9,000 businesses have already completed the sign-up process, and all other businesses are encouraged to register by 31 March, even if they’re not yet open or are not able to start using the tests straight away.
MHCLG has published a note which sets out the routes available for asymptomatic workforce testing, as well as setting out changes to the existing workplace testing offer which is now available to all businesses in England, including those with fewer than 50 employees.
On-site coronavirus testing at workplaces with employees who can not work from home is being taken forward at a national level through the Department of Health and Social Care. If your organisation is interested in finding out more about on-site testing at your workplace please see the details below which have come from Government.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has shared its portal for workplace testing. This service will allow businesses with employees who can not work from home to get all the forms they need to order rapid lateral flow tests. Businesses can register for tests as long as:
The business is registered in England
Their employees cannot work from home
National private and public institutions testing: NHS Test and Trace is working with government departments, institutions and employers across both public and private sectors to support delivery of asymptomatic testing to large organisations, including those providing critical services. Delivery will be through on-site testing in the workplace. If you have public or private institutions in your area interested in establishing workplace testing then please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be shared in due course.