Published February 24, 2021 by Ichor Blood Services

Mitigating the risks of COVID-19 transmission is vital to ensuring your business can continue to operate while also keeping your valued employees healthy and safeguarding the communities that support your establishment. With an approach to workplace safety that integrates COVID-19 rapid testing with all the required pandemic protocols, you can assure your workforce and customers that their health and safety is in good hands. 

 

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Managing COVID-19 In The Workplace

The current pandemic has created multiple challenges for businesses striving to maintain operations while protecting the health of their staff and the safety of the communities in which they operate. Employers have the obligation to provide a workplace that is safe and hazard-free and employees have the right to refuse unsafe worksites. By now, most employers have developed strategies to protect their employees and plans to manage positive cases at work. One of the best tools available to maintain a safe working environment is the COVID-19 Rapid test.

Data from the CDC and WHO has shown roughly 30 percent of COVID-19 cases are from asymptomatic individuals, meaning they have the virus without ever experiencing any symptoms. Implementing a program of rapid testing can allow businesses to manage the risks of having an outbreak occur.
 

What Is Rapid Testing?

COVID-19 Rapid Test screening programs can detect the virus in pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals and plans to isolate can be implemented early to stop or manage the spread within the workplace. A specimen is collected via nasal swab and results can be delivered in as little as 15 minutes. A rapid testing provider will ensure all processes are in place for personal protective equipment, reporting protocols, biohazard waste disposal, and handling individuals with positive screenings.
 

Rapid Testing- A Tool For Safer Workplaces

The availability of rapid testing is a game-changer for employers seeking to offer the highest levels of safety and protection for their employees. Combined with an infection prevention program of masking, physical distancing, handwashing, healthy ventilation, and environmental cleaning and disinfecting, COVID-19 rapid testing can help worksites can avoid outbreaks, closures, and financial setbacks. Ichor is positioned to provide rapid-testing kits or develop onsite testing programs for your business. Our comprehensive testing protocols can help you implement strategies for regular worker screening and re-opening/ back-to-work measures adding an additional layer of safety in your workplace. COVID-19 rapid testing is an effective and proactive tool to create a safe work environment. 


Tips For Employers To Create Safer Worksites

There are many things you can do as an employer to ensure a healthy and safe work environment:

  • Promote Physical Distancing: Adopt a contactless business model, establish 2m of separation for workspaces, avoid multi-person meetings, implement one-directional movement where possible.
  • Increase Ventilation: Open windows, maintain airflow systems, consider moving certain tasks outdoors.
  • Manage High Touch Surfaces: Increase frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, reduce the number of common surfaces requiring handling like doors, and limit access to shared equipment.
  • Mandating Masking: Require suitable masks whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • Implement A Rapid Testing Program: Develop a process of COVID-19 rapid testing to screen for employees who may be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.

It is not possible to completely eliminate any risk of spread or transmission in the workplace, but with careful measures and workplace rapid testing, the risks can be mitigated keeping your workplace as safe as possible.
 

Safer Workplaces with Ichor

Ichor Blood Services is positioned to help Alberta employers foster safer workplaces with our COVID-19 Rapid Testing. If you are seeking to procure a supply of rapid test kits or looking for assistance to facilitate an on-site rapid-testing program in your workplace, connect with the professional team at Ichor now.

 

FAQ's

 

How often should we test our employees? 

An employee could be not contagious one day, but very well become contagious two days later. Connect with our team at Ichor and we can help you determine the frequency of testing based on the unique factors of your business.

What does a positive test mean? 

An employee who receives a positive screening result on the rapid test should be presumed to be positive for COVID-19 until a follow-up test is performed and results are received. This individual is required to follow mandatory public health measures, including immediately isolating.  

Can you administer the tests at any worksite? 

Ichor can provide the test kits to your business or perform the rapid tests at the workplace and we can also manage a rapid testing program onsite.

 

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