Over the past two years, we’ve seen many variants of COVID-19, with the most recent and infectious being the Omicron virus.
This new strain of the virus is thought to spread faster than other variants. However, the side effects are thought to be less severe.
Despite this, you’ve likely heard about the new law in the UK regarding the virus: it is no longer illegal not to isolate if you have the virus. But it is strongly recommended to do so to protect others.
Anyway, the introduction of this new law, and general uncertainty about the coronavirus, has many employees worried. So, we recommend conducting risk assessments and regular tests if you intend on going back to the workplace.
Conducting a risk assessment
You have a legal obligation as an employer to protect your employees and others.
The purpose of a risk assessment is to identify environmental, health, and safety hazards that may arise as part of your organisation’s operations. By conducting a risk assessment, you can identify the risks that pose the greatest threat to your operation and implement necessary controls.
Some companies with smaller teams and few employees can most likely get by with a small risk assessment or weekly testing.
But for larger companies, the risk of catching the virus is much higher. So, we recommend conducting a risk assessment to determine the potential risks of returning to work, whether it’s worth it for your business, and what you will do to minimise the risk of infection, and the actions you plan on taking if an outbreak is to occur at work.
Why should you do COVID-testing risk assessments?
The benefits of COVID-testing risk assessments to your workplace, include:
Most notably, conducting COVID-testing risk assessments allows you to maintain a hygienic and COVID-free workplace. Not only is this good for employees, but it also makes customers feel more confident, safer, and more relaxed.
Regular testing in the workplace is key to minimising risk
As part of your risk assessment, you should implement regular testing to minimise the risk of infection throughout the workplace.
Ideally, tests should be conducted every three to four days, but at least once a week is recommended.
Furthermore, you can also provide employees advice on what to do if they feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19.
But often, those who have the new Omicron variant do not show any symptoms – they are asymptomatic.
This reinforces the need for regular testing, ensuring the virus is not spread, preventing an outbreak, and protecting your employees, their families, and all customers.
At Testbase, we provide both on-site and at-home testing kits. On-site asymptomatic testing is great for visitors and contractors. However, for day to day work, we recommend at-home testing to prevent any contact in the workplace.
Prevent the spread of the virus, enforce work from home guidelines if needed, and protect your staff, customers, and business from an outbreak of the coronavirus.