RAPID WORKPLACE TESTING

Providing rapid Covid-19 testing services for the workplace.

RAPID WORKPLACE TESTING

Providing rapid Covid-19 testing services for the workplace.

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Rapid COVID-19 Workplace Testing

Providing rapid Covid-19 testing services for the workplace

As businesses start to reopen their offices, it doesn’t mean the dangers of Covid-19 has passed.  Special procedures including rapid screening of employees need to be in place to safeguard your business and workforce to avoid COVID-19 transmission. Therefore, rapid antigen testing can form part of a risk mitigation strategy in a workplace setting.

The rapid antigen test is a lateral flow test with results in 15 minutes and helps create a Covid-19 secure working environment that prevents the spread of infection, ensuring business remains open, and enabling employees to safely meet with confidence. It cannot eliminate the risk but can play a vital part in quickly identifying Covid-19 infected employees.  One in three people who test positive for Covid-19 had no symptoms. Rapid testing is a game changer. Companies can respond quickly to stop the spread, protect their organisation and save lives.

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Covid Vaccine

Vaccinations

So far 78% of the adult population have had a first vaccine – and almost 30 million have had a second – does your organisation need to continue testing employees? There are a number of factors to consider.

Many of your employees will not yet have been vaccinated, and some will have conditions that mean they cannot be vaccinated. More research is needed to understand whether those who have been vaccinated or have had Covid-19 can still pass on the virus to others. There are also concerns about new variants of Covid-19 such as the Delta variant in the UK and whether the vaccines will protect against them.

Employees may be driven to seek testing by fears for their own safety or that of their families. This means that you will need to test employees returning to the office to ensure that they are safe and well, and does not result in having to ask tens or hundreds of staff to return home with a single infected employee.

Context

The drivers for testing are likely to be context specific. For employers, the likelihood of transmission will be determined by the nature of the work undertaken, the socio-demographic characteristics of the workforce and the levels of virus circulating in the community at that time.

The impact on the safety of the workforce will be heavily influenced by the vulnerability of individual employees and the impact on the organisation by the sector in which it operates.

Covid Workplace

Not All Tests are the Same

The drivers for testing are likely to be context specific. For employers, the likelihood of transmission will be determined by the nature of the work undertaken, the socio-demographic characteristics of the workforce and the levels of virus circulating in the community at that time.

The impact on the safety of the workforce will be heavily influenced by the vulnerability of individual employees and the impact on the organisation by the sector in which it operates.

PCR Test

PCR TEST

This is the gold standard test to prevent workplace transmission. Tests are processed in a laboratory with results expected within 24 hours.

A PCR test is the most sensitive and accurate test. It detects the virus at the lowest viral load level, meaning that it can identify a positive individual before they become infectious.

Antigen Test

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST

This is a fast and inexpensive test that works in a similar way to a pregnancy test.

Rapid antigen testing is much faster and cheaper than the gold-standard tests that detect viral RNA using a technique called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which takes several hours in a specialist laboratory.

The Lepu SARS-COV-2 rapid test has been validated by independent Government approved testing laboratories. The antigen rapid test has an acceptable performance for screening setting with the low rate of false negatives and non-existent false positives. In samples with higher virial load only, then the performance improves significantly.

How to Test Employees

There are different options.

Workplace Testing 1

HUB & SPOKE TESTING

A mobile testing pod can be available at your desired location to take PCR samples. It is a quick and efficient way to test your entire staff. After taking samples, these are couriered to the laboratories for processing and results are available within 24 hours.

Workplace Testing 2

RAPID ON-SITE TESTING

Companies can offer all their employees rapid and regular testing that can be taken on-site. This type of workplace testing programme uses lateral flow tests (LFD) to rapidly detect the virus in 15 minutes. Swift detection of cases means those who test positive can isolate immediately and, in doing so, break chains of transmission and suppress the virus.

Workplace Testing Frequently Asked Questions

The recommended workplace testing programme to detect infection before transmission is a twice weekly rapid test.

The antigen lateral flow test is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of specific antigens to SARS-CoV-2 present in human nasopharynx.

The antigen test detects proteins which are structural or functional components of a pathogen and are thus very specific to that pathogen. In this case, the test would provide a qualitative “yes/no” answer on the presence of the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 in the sample.

If the target antigen is present in sufficient concentrations in the sample, it will bind to specific antibodies and generate a positive result.

Antigen testing is much faster and cheaper than the gold-standard tests that detect viral RNA using a technique called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which takes several hours in a specialist laboratory.

The antigen test looks for fragments of antigens within a person’s body to see if they are infected with the virus while the PCR tests can detect small amounts of viral genetic material (RNA), so a PCR test can be positive after a person stops being infectious.

PCR testing also requires complex facilities and elaborate training of operators, thus suffering from limit testing capacity, delayed results typically 24 hours to 48 hours and high costs. Both testing methods identify a current viral infection with the antigen result ready in under 15 minutes. No need for a laboratory, equipment or to wait for results with an antigen test.

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