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Free lateral flow tests are no longer available for people without symptoms. Routine asymptomatic testing has now ended for organisations signed up to the Workplace Testing Programme, except those with staff who routinely work with the clinically vulnerable.
Organisations can continue to provide testing for their staff if they wish by:
- buying tests and setting up their own workplace testing scheme
- paying an approved provider to provide tests or run a test site
Further guidance on the things you should consider when buying tests from a private provider, along with a list of providers who are undergoing or have achieved UKAS accreditation, can be found on GOV.UK.
If you are not providing testing, employees who have symptoms should self-isolate and order lateral flow tests to take at home.
Protecting workplaces from COVID-19 outbreaks
There are 5 main actions you can take to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during COVID-19.
1. Complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes the risk from COVID-19
Workplaces and premises open to the public must continue to do coronavirus risk assessments, please refer to the guidance
2. Provide adequate ventilation
You should make sure there is an adequate supply of fresh air to indoor spaces where there are people present. This can be done using:
- natural ventilation through opening windows, doors and vents
- mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts
- a combination of both
- identify any poorly ventilated spaces in your premises that are usually occupied
- take steps to improve fresh air flow in these areas
A CO2 monitor may help identify if the space is poorly ventilated. Read the advice on air conditioning and ventilation on the HSE website.
3. Clean more often
It’s especially important to clean surfaces that people touch a lot. You should ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and to clean their hands frequently.
4. Ask people with COVID-19 or any of the main COVID-19 symptoms to stay away from the workplace
People who have COVID-19 are no longer legally required to self-isolate. Anyone who has COVID-19 smptoms, or has tested positive, should follow the public health advice to stay at home. They should avoid contact with other people. They should not attend work. If a worker is unable to work from home, you should talk to them about the options available to them. For example, they may be entitled to statutory sick pay.
5. Communicate and train
Keep all your workers, contractors and visitors up-to-date on how you’re using and updating safety measures.
If you have any questions on workplace testing contact: Covid19.WorkplaceTesting@gov.wales