Considerations for Businesses When Testing for COVID

The goal of this article is to give businesses ideas to consider when introducing testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, into non-healthcare workplace preparedness, response, and control plans. Please see Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic and Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes for workplaces with healthcare personnel, including those working in nursing homes.

Employers are advised to work with state, territorial, tribal, and municipal health officials to evaluate whether and how to apply the following testing procedures, as well as which one(s) would be most suited to their specific circumstances. These considerations are intended to augment, not replace, any federal, state, municipal, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations that employers must follow. These initiatives must be implemented in accordance with current rules and regulations, especially those safeguarding employee privacy and confidentiality. They should also be carried out in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) instructions on acceptable testing policies and procedures. Employers who conduct employee testing should develop processes for fast transmission of results and appropriate steps depending on testing results, such as directions for self-isolation and limitations on workplace access.

Considerations to Make When Testing

SARS-CoV-2 testing could be part of a broader strategy to reduce transmission in non-healthcare settings. Testing detects employees who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, so that measures may be taken to reduce and stop the infection’s spread.

Employees who are subjected to testing should be provided with detailed information on:

the test’s manufacturer and name, the type of test, the test’s purpose, the test’s performance standards, any limitations associated with the test, who will pay for the test, how the test will be performed, how and when they will receive test results, and;

What the results signify, what actions are connected with negative or positive results, the difference between testing for workplace screening and testing for medical diagnosis, who will get the results, how the results may be utilized, and any implications for refusing to be tested

Individuals who are tested are obliged to obtain patient fact sheets as part of the emergency use authorization for the test (EUA). Private COVID-19 PCR test Vancouver and Rapid Antigen Test for Travel and Workplace Settings in 24-48 hours are available for private purchase.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that any obligatory testing of employees be “job relevant and commensurate with business need.” In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. EEOC icon states that testing to determine if an employee has SARS-CoV-2 infection with an “accurate and reliable test” is permissible as a condition of employment because an employee infected with the virus will “pose a direct threat to the health of others.” According to the EEOC, testing performed by employers in accordance with current CDC advice will satisfy the ADA’s business necessity criteria. Employers who need SARS-CoV-2 testing in the workplace should have additional discussions with employees who reject testing and consider giving alternatives as practical and appropriate, such as reassignment to duties that may be completed via telework.

COVID-19 is a recordable sickness under OSHA‘s recordkeeping rules in 29 CFR Part 1904. Employers are thus liable for registering COVID-19 incidents if they match specified criteria. Employers are recommended to monitor OSHA’s website for changes on a regular basis.

Some services provide in-clinic for workplace and organizations like film/production and mining. They also provide off-site COVID-19 testing anywhere for Covid Travel Vancouver. Group discount is provided depending on the number of individuals.

Annika Bansal

Annika "The Chick Geek" is the founder of Small Business Sense shares small business ideas, tips and resources for independent Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners.