Firms with 10+ staff to have access to free asymptomatic workplace testing

FIRMS with ten or more employees can now sign up for asymptomatic workplace testing as part of an enhanced drive to identify emerging Covid-19 cases.

The Scottish Government initiative will give organisations free access to lateral flow device tests to distribute amongst their workforce.

Workplace testing in Scotland had previously only been targeted at prioritised areas of the public sector, critical national infrastructure and private businesses with higher transmission rates.

Public health minister, Maree Todd, said, “Testing has a vital role to play as we move safely out of lockdown and this rollout of workplace testing to cover all companies with ten staff or more builds on our strategy to tackle Covid-19.

“The vaccination programme has been a major success, however even though you are fully vaccinated it does not guarantee that you cannot catch the virus and pass it on without knowing you have it. Asymptomatic testing will remain an important tool in breaking future chains of transmission.

“As more staff continue to return to the workplace in the months ahead, we must do all we can to ensure this is done as safely as possible. Workplace asymptomatic testing can play an important part in the recovery and organisations across our business, third and public sectors can contribute to this.

“It’s vital that all results are reported to ensure we understand the prevalence of the virus and halt further transmission. I would encourage all organisations who are eligible to sign up for workplace testing and play their part in our recovery from the pandemic.”

More information on the scheme can be accessed by clicking here.