Coronavirus: Workplace COVID-19 testing

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Extension of the Asymptomatic Testing Programme for workplaces in Northern Ireland

The Department for Health has expanded the offer for workforce asymptomatic testing to all organisations with 10 or more employees or volunteers. Previously this had been restricted to organisations with more than 50.

Asymptomatic testing forms a key part of the Executive’s strategy to suppress the virus as lockdown measures start to relax.

Employers have a vital role to play in this next phase, minimising the spread of infection among those who cannot work from home by introducing regular testing to identify asymptomatic cases within their workforce.

People working for organisations with more than 10 employees

Employers wishing to participate in workforce testing schemes should complete an online expression of interest. The Department of Health will work with employers to identify the most appropriate form of testing available based on their requirements.

Employers will need to provide details of including:

  • your NI Company Registration Number
  • industry / sector for your organisation
  • a short summary of your company and how you meet the criteria
  • how many employees your company has and how many cannot work from home
  • contact details of a key contact in your organisation who the Department can speak to

Small Businesses (10 or less employees) and people who work from home

Small business or organisations with 10 or less employees and people who work from home but are coming into contact with people outside of their household or COVID bubble in the course of their business have a number of options to access rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests.

Small businesses and people working from home can access testing using one of the following options:

Find more information on the benefits of the programme, frequently asked questions, and how to access workplace testing support.


First published 10 March 2021