Workplace testing

​As part of the local programme of community testing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 a number of workplaces across the county have begun to offer in-house or at home testing to their employees.

 

 

Remember! If you have symptoms or think you have COVID-19, please do not go to an asymptomatic community testing site. Instead, you must book a PCR test.

Why should you test your workforce?

The expansion of workplace testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate. This will reduce the risk of spread of the virus in the workplace and, importantly, help prevent larger outbreaks among staff members – ensuring services can continue to be delivered.

This programme is crucial given that around 1 in 3 people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. It is a voluntary decision for employers to run testing programmes for their staff. Testing can provide confidence to workers and customers, helping to protect and enable business continuity.

Options for Workplace Testing

Option 1: Employer-led set up (in-house testing)

You can register to order tests (free of charge) for your employees if:

  • your business is registered in England
  • your employees cannot work from home

See more information on how to register to order coronavirus tests for your employees.

Option 2: Use a third-party provider

Employers will need to pay for this service provision. For more information, see the list of providers: general testing.

Option 3: Community-based testing centres

If you are a sole trader, self-employed or a member of the general public whose workplace does not yet offer testing, see information about community-based testing centres.