Testing for businesses
Businesses of all sizes across Lancashire, where staff cannot work from home during lockdown, can now access workplace testing for employees not showing symptoms.
You can find more information about what to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation, sick pay and financial support.
Covid-19: isolation guidance
Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. This is because you could pass the infection on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Covid-19 resource pack for workplaces
We also provide a handy Covid-19 resource pack for workplaces, which aims to help businesses to manage the virus safely.
The pack, created by Public Health England, is available to download online here, and includes guidance on what to do if you have a positive case of coronavirus at work, advice on testing and help with communicating this information to staff members. Also included in the pack are template letters to staff and documents to record Covid-19-related absences.
Reporting an incident
Any adverse incidents related specifically to testing should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). You will be required to submit any incidents on a daily basis for your onsite testing and send as notification as part of your local report to Lancashire County Council. Incidents should also be reported to the MHRA via the yellow card scheme. Instructions on how to report adverse incidents internally and to the MHRA.
Examples of an adverse incidents include:
- Material break (if something breaks during use i.e. the swab)
- Detachment of device component
- Component missing (If something in the kit is missing)
- Packaging problem
- False negative / false positive results
- Unable to obtain readings (e.g. failure of control line or if the use is not able to read the result)
- Device handling problem