We have created a workplace policy for the use of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT).
RAT is not mandatory for businesses. It is an optional layer of protection and an added tool that can run alongside other strategies implemented in the workplace, for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Other methods ideally already in place are vaccination, PPE and regular hand washing etc.
Businesses wanting to use RAT within their business, will have to pay purchase it for it themselves you can place an order here.
Please note that RAT operates as a method of surveillance testing only. It is not as effective as a PCR test. If an employee receives a positive RAT result it does not need to be confirmed with a PCR unless advised.
Once you have decided to use RAT as a tool within your business, you will need to consider:
- When you will be requiring an employee to take a RAT
- The frequency of RAT
- How and where the test will be done
- Whether you will require the employee to show you proof of the RAT result
- And how you will record this information.
For this reason, we have created a workplace policy for our members that clearly communicates the process and expectations that an employee can have if they are required to take a RAT and what happens if they receive a positive result.