testing in the workplace
Testing for COVID-19 is a reality for many workplaces where employees are in close contact with each other or with the public. With a little planning, your COVID-19 lab testing program can be a convenient, cost-effective way to ensure the health of your employees.
Consider testing on-site instead of relying on a reference lab
If an employee is positive for COVID-19, you want to know as quickly as possible. Many reference labs require a 48-to-72-hour turnaround time for test results – and in high-density or critical settings, workers risk exposing others while waiting for results. Employees who receive positive results for an on-site lab test can self-isolate quickly, limiting spread in your workplace.
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Implementing a testing program in your workplace
Follow these steps to implement a workplace testing program that works for you:
Think about your organization’s patient population. Who do you need to test for COVID-19, and why?
Understand what lab instruments and test menus are currently available to your organization
Decide on your lab testing strategy. Does it make sense to test workers at the point of care, or will you need to send tests out to a central lab and wait for results?
Consider improvements to make testing efficient and cost-effective, such as changes to your test menu, new instruments, formularies or staff training
Work with a knowledgeable distributor to help you implement and manage your testing program