Covid-19 workplace testing
Institutional testing already covers asymptomatic testing for a range of sectors including:
- Adult social care
- Educations settings such as schools and universities
Large institutions in both the public and private sector with over 250 staff now also have access to asymptomatic testing through the institutional testing delivery channel.
Employers can access information and register an interest on gov.uk. Testing will be delivered by Asymptomatic Testing Sites (ATS) in the workplace.
Medium sized institutions in both the public and private sector with between 50 and 250 staff can also access weekly asymptomatic testing through institutional testing.
However if this is not possible, organisations of this size and type should access asymptomatic testing through community testing.
Small institutions in both the public and private sector with less than 50 staff, sole traders and self-employed citizens are expected to access asymptomatic testing through community testing. This includes:
- small or local public sector organisations; e.g. local government
- charities and voluntary groups
- small or local private sector businesses providing key public services and unable to access institutional testing; e.g. waste management, public transport, taxi firms, volunteers, power and water companies etc
- education or childcare settings not covered by existing schools testing; e.g. private nurseries, children homes, childminders etc
- medium sized local businesses (generally businesses between 50 and 250 staff) unable to practically access institutional testing
- small or local businesses (generally less than 50 staff), sole traders or self-employed citizens.
The workplace programme includes:
- registration via a DHSC portal and offer workplace testing using LFTs
- those with less than 50 employees, and with between 50 and 250 who cannot access this scheme (i.e. due to not having a central workforce) can continue to access the local community testing sites.
NHS Test and Trace (T&T) via the Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC) will be responsible for providing:
- guidebook with full spatial requirements (site visit for novel settings)
- supplying “booths in a box” for employers to purchase if required
- online training and assessment for your staff overseeing the testing
- funded test kits
- standard communications pack for employees and media lines, videos/posters and FAQs
- subject registration portal
- approved clinical protocol for testing (SOP)
- web-based results logging service
- managed device to scan & record results
- subject notification through T&T.
The workplace organisation will be responsible for:
- identifying, constructing and setting up test site, and recruit workforce
- conducting site risk assessments
- sizing population to test and plan testing throughput/scheduling
- sourcing PPE, cleaning materials, and other consumables
- co-branding and adapting communications materials, engaging employees, and providing test-appointments process
- the employee self-registers online on their or your digital device
- moving employees through the site for supervised self-swab
- operatives who process the swabs and analyse the LFD results
- submitting results from devices and staff overseeing the testing on a results logging service
- employees being notified of result via text or email entered during self-registration.
Once registered on the portal, DHSC will then invite companies to an introductory one hour webinar which explains in detail everything needed to start setting up a testing site.
Companies will also be invited to review a set of documents including terms and conditions, which need to be signed before an order is placed. This can be done digitally.
You can contact DHSC at [email protected].