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Asymptomatic testing support increased for businesses in construction and other priority sectors

Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) is now widening the scope of the support it provides for asymptomatic testing to include businesses in construction and other priority sectors.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) have distributed the following information regarding asymptomatic testing for COVID-19. BAFE strongly consider the fire safety industry a priority sector in providing life safety services which this information applies to. We recommend taking all necessary steps to ensure that employees remain safe and limit any potential spread by using the workplace testing scheme (where appropriate). As noted below, smaller businesses (less than 50 employees) can access employee testing via their Local Authority’s Community Testing scheme.

Information from Construction Industry Council (CIC):

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) is now widening the scope of the support it provides for asymptomatic testing to include businesses in construction and other priority sectors with over 50 employees.

Smaller businesses can access employee testing via their Local Authority’s Community Testing scheme. For more details on this please email communitytesting.centralops@dhsc.gov.uk

For businesses with over 50 employees that choose to take part in the Workplace Testing scheme, DHSC will provide the following:

  1. Lateral Flow Test kits;
  2. Guidance on how to set up your own testing site (including staffing, process and safety);
  3. Online training for testing site staff to enable them to use the test accurately and safely;
  4. The web systems to securely manage the processing of the resulting data; and
  5. Necessary paperwork to become a testing facility and the data and reporting requirements.

DHSC is also extending the series of webinars to introduce the approach and gauge levels of demand. DHSC is also working on a digital solution for business to access this information in future, and will provide further information on this in the webinar.

An ‘Introduction to Mass Testing’ webinar is running from 2-2:45pm, from Monday 1 February - Friday 5 February. The link to join is below, and is the same for each meeting.

These introductory overview sessions will last 45 minutes, provide an overview of testing and answer any initial questions you may have. Please let me know whether you have attended a webinar. They will cover:

  • High level overview of Mass Testing for surveillance and Daily Contact Testing to provide understanding of the processes and what is required
  • Lateral Flow Technology and reason for using
  • Frequency of testing
  • Resources required
  • Test Site requirement

DHSC Introductory webinar

Monday 1 Feb – Friday 5 Feb, 14:00-14:45 - Click here to join the meeting

If you have any further questions, please contact Employee.Testing@beis.gov.uk