Workplaces in Rotherham with 50 or more employees will have until 31 March 2021 to register their interest in workplace testing for staff.
Businesses where staff cannot work at home, e.g. retail, manufacturing, health and social care, etc, are being offered the opportunity to set up their own workforce testing using Lateral Flow Tests to routinely test their workers so that employers can continue to make sure their businesses remain COVID safe for all staff and customers.
Residents who have children attending primary or secondary school or college, or work in an education setting, are also able to get rapid tests through the free school testing scheme.
The schemes are part of the Government’s roadmap for easing the Lockdown restrictions and is independent from the Community Testing offered by Rotherham Council.
Director of Public Health for Rotherham, Ben Anderson, said: “Testing for the virus is still an important part of our prevention strategy. Using Lateral Flow Testing, employers will be able to cut the rate of transmission of the virus by being able to support staff who are contagious to isolate so they are not able to spread the virus into the workplace. This is especially important as more staff return to the workplace as we are seeing larger outbreaks now caused by the more transmissible UK variant.
“Businesses have already gone above and beyond to put into place COVID-secure measures that keep their workers, customers, and visitors safe. The Rapid Testing offer supplements this work and means that we can stop the virus spreading by identifying people who are asymptomatic and supporting them to isolate thereby reducing transmission.
“I’m encouraging businesses across Rotherham to take up the testing scheme as soon as they can – even if they are not due to reopen until April or May.”
Businesses who are successful will be invited to an one hour introductory webinar which will explain in detail everything they will need to know about setting up a testing site, as well as the relevant documents, terms and conditions they will need to get signed before ordering test equipment.
Register your organisations interest here.