PLASTIC PACKAGING TAX (PPT) IS NOW IN FORCE - GET READY NOW

 
Industry News

Home / Industry News
News > News Article

15 March 2021

Northern Ireland - COVID-19 Workplace Testing for Key Sector Employers

Northern Ireland - COVID-19 Workplace Testing for Key Sector Employers

Employers from key sectors within Northern Ireland can now access the national testing programme as part of a targeted expansion of asymptomatic testing.

Asymptomatic Testing Programme in Northern Ireland is being extended across public and private sector employers based on a series of prioritisation and principles, ensuring this is made available through a phased approach and to essential services to begin with.

Organisations who may wish to access the national testing programme and meet the prioritisation criteria are being invited to contact the Department of Health to register their interest.

Government support for workplace testing: Private sector

At this stage, expressions of interest are invited for regular asymptomatic testing in private sector workplaces which will follow a number of priorities (at this stage) and include:

  • private sector bodies/organisations which form part of the Northern Ireland critical infrastructure - providing critical functions
  • private sector/industry priorities to include:
    • agri-food
    • manufacturing
    • essential retail
    • distribution
    • transport
    • construction

As part of the approach to critical infrastructure, the programme team will also consider food supply and distribution companies; logistics and distribution companies; and, transportation companies.

Priorities will be evaluated and assessed according to the following principles:

  • organisations with more than 50 employees who cannot work from home
  • incidence of high prevalence
  • previous incidence of surge/outbreaks
  • workplaces where social distancing is difficult - at higher risk of exposure
  • organisations with more than 50 employees

Lateral Flow Tests will be used in the rollout of the workplace testing initiative and will help in the expansion of asymptomatic testing across a range of settings in Northern Ireland.

 

Downloads
Share this page
Most Read

Intergraf Economic News - July 2022Intergraf Economic News - July 2022

8 July 2022

Access the latest edition of the Economic Newsletter for the European Printing Industry for data on industry turnover, energy prices, paper consumption and pricing data for pulp, paper and recovered paper.

More health professionals to be able to certify fit notesMore health professionals to be able to certify fit notes

30 June 2022

From 1 July 2022, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists will be able to legally certify fit notes, reducing pressure on doctors, including GPs, who are struggling with capacity amid a backlog of treatment requests owing to the pandemic.

For more information please contact:
Kyle Jardine
Kyle Jardine
0289 002 0135