COVID-19 Testing Services for Employers
Are you looking to provide high-quality COVID-19 testing at your place of business? As a great way to keep both your staff and your patrons safe, our COVID-19 testing services for employers offer peace of mind and increased safety during this uncertain time.
SafeWork Laboratories provides COVID-19 testing accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA). The most reliable method of COVID-19 testing currently available in Australia is laboratory-based PCR analysis. Able to provide accurate results within 24 hours of testing, PCR COVID-19 testing is the current gold standard of care around the world. As part of our comprehensive COVID-19 testing services, we proudly offer PCR analysis for both nasopharyngeal swab and wastewater testing services.
As your workers begin to return to your office or worksite, providing access to convenient COVID-19 testing services for employers is the best way to ensure your staff’s ongoing health and safety. Able to be scaled up or down to accommodate the size of your business, there is no better way to maintain your bottom line than by keeping yourself, staff and customers safe through regular COVID-19 testing.
Why PCR Test?
All viruses are small segments of genetic information, commonly referred to as RNA. By interacting and blending with our DNA genetic material, viral infections, like COVID-19, can multiply and spread throughout the human body at very rapid rates.
The industry considers PCR the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19 infection due to its high level of sensitivity and accuracy. PCR laboratory tests detect pieces of RNA, which will display the matching code for the SARS-CoV-2 virus if a person has been exposed. If a swab sample shows evidence of the Coronavirus RNA, then the test will come back as positive, indicating that they have been infected with COVID-19.
Compared to rapid antibody tests (which are a popular, efficient, but less accurate option for COVID-19 testing), PCR tests are designed to identify Coronavirus RNA rather than the presence of the body’s immune response. As the viral RNA is a part of the active virus, it can be detected shortly after a person has been infected, making PCR testing the most effective way to diagnose COVID-19.
By looking at coronavirus RNAs, doctors can tell whether a person has contracted the virus early on. This is something that an antibody test will not be able to determine for at least a week post-infection.
Who can benefit from regular COVID-19 testing?
As Australia’s leading provider of COVID-19 testing services for employers, there is no better company to trust when it comes to keeping your staff safe. Whether you work at a small local venue or work for a multinational company, we have comprehensive COVID-19 testing options available to fit your business’s unique needs. Some of the most common uses for our COVID-19 testing services for employers include:
- Daily workplace entrance testing for staff or customers
- Testing for symptomatic workers
- Pre and post-travel COVID-19 testing
- Large event COVID-19 monitoring
As the best way to prevent widespread infection from impacting the health, safety and functionality of your business, our COVID-19 testing services are a must-have, especially during waves of higher infection rates.
Explore our COVID-19 testing services for employers today
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to add logistical challenges to how local and global companies run their business, staff and customer safety has never been more critical. If you are looking for ways to increase the security of your business while still staying open throughout the pandemic, our COVID-19 testing services may be the right fit for your needs.
With our newest COVID-19 testing facilities located in Brisbane, Queensland and Perth, we are working hard to offer our comprehensive services to a broader range of communities. Due to this, our lab-based COVID-19 testing services for employers are available throughout the country!
If you are interested in learning more about our available COVID-19 testing services, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team. Always committed to excellent customer service and speedy turn-around times, we look forward to helping you create the safest working environment possible for your staff and customers.
5 Facts You Need to Know About COVID-19
1. COVID-19 is one of three novel coronavirus strains that developed over the last two decades
SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) is the third respiratory syndrome coronavirus to infect humans over the past 20 years. The first two were the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) in 2003 and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in 2012. Scientists believe all three coronaviruses originated from infected wild animals before passing it on to humans. SARS-CoV likely came from bats and civet cats, MERS-CoV from dromedary camels, and SARS-CoV2 from bats and pangolins.
2. Young adults are most likely to contract COVID-19
Young adult Australians are the ones most susceptible to COVID-19 according to the Department of Health. Of the more than 27,000 infection cases in the country, 6,235 (23.1%) were people between the ages of 20 and 29. Meanwhile, 4,788 (17.7%) of COVID-19 patients were between 30 and 39, and 3,499 (13%) are between 40 and 49.
For employers, these figures are crucial because these age groups make up a large portion of the Australian labour force. It would be catastrophic for any business if a majority of the workers get infected by the coronavirus.
You can find out more about current COVID-19 statistics in Australia from the Department of Heath here.
3. COVID-19 is much deadlier to older people than younger people
The elderly are more likely to die from the coronavirus than young or middle aged adults, according to the CDC. The death rate for people who are below 50 years old is less than 1 in 5,000 individuals. Meanwhile, those between 50 and 60 years old have a death rate of 1 in 200.
The situation becomes bleaker for older people, especially for those beyond 70 years old. They have a death rate of about 1 in 20 individuals. Age plays a major role in determining the susceptibility of a person to COVID-19. Older people are more likely to have underlying health conditions compared to younger individuals.
4. 2 in 5 COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic
Even if a person doesn’t show any symptoms of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean that they are not infected. About 40% of coronavirus patients have been shown to be asymptomatic. In fact, these individuals are three-quarters as infectious as a person who shows COVID-19 symptoms. This means an symptomatic patient can infect an average 2 other people around them. That’s nearly as many as the 2.5 people that symptomatic individuals can infect on average.
What’s worse is that half of people who are presymptomatic can pass the coronavirus to other people around them. This can occur even before they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
5. A second wave of COVID-19 infections is a real possibility
Because of a drop in COVID-19 infection rates around the world, some government officials have started to the need for mass testing. However, recent reports have shown that coronavirus cases are starting to rise again in Italy, Spain and the UK. This suggests that a second COVID-19 outbreak is very much a possibility.
In Australia, public health officials have detected the SARS-CoV2 virus in the wastewater of several areas in New South Wales. Fragments of the coronavirus were reportedly found in sewage treatment plants in Hawkesbury, and in South Western Sydney. NSW Health is now monitoring communities near the two locations for potential COVID-19 cases.
A similar case also occurred in Rockhampton, Queensland.
Victoria has the most number of COVID-19 patients in Australia with more than 20,000 confirmed cases, as of November 2020. NSW comes in at second with more than 4,400 cases, and Queensland comes in at third with over 1,100.
SW Labs COVID-19 Testing Laboratories
SW Labs’ new COVID-19 testing facilities are located in Brisbane, Queensland and Perth, Western Australia. However, our lab-based COVID-19 testing services for employers are available throughout the country.
ISO-Accredited Coronavirus Screening
When testing for highly infectious diseases like COVID-19, accuracy could very well be a matter of life and death. That’s why our coronavirus screening service follows strict guidelines set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).
We are fully compliant with all ISO 15189 provisions and the CDNA National guidelines (Coronavirus disease 2019 – COVID-19; including both Section 7 and Appendix A: SARS-CoV-2 Laboratory testing). We also comply with National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) guidelines, and employ clinical microbiologist supervising COVID testing
Highly Efficient Specimen Collection and Testing
We understand how important it is to have safe and efficient COVID-19 specimen collection and testing. Our Perth testing laboratory has full accreditation from NATA and The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). We also train our staff well when it comes to safely collecting and transporting nasal swabs.
At SW Labs, we make sure that all of our test results come out as quickly as possible. We can have your PCR-based COVID-19 test results in as fast as 24 hours after we receive your specimen sample. That’s a guarantee.
The highest standard
We have worked with SW Labs over many years across Australia, we have absolute faith in their ability to deliver the highest standard of services for our company and our clients. We look forward to seeing our COVID-19 service partnership grow over the coming year.
Managing Director at Fullerton Health Australia
Exceptional turnaround times
SW Labs has provided exceptional service and turn-around-times for PCR test results to date (under 24 hours), to support WSL’s compliancy with COVID Safe plan implemented for the first of the 4 World Championship Tour events in Australia, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Surf League Global Safety Senior Manager
You guys there have been UNBELIEVABLE with the help you have given us, it has been so valued.
VBSW Team Manager
Results in record time – 14 days to set up a COVID-19 Testing Lab
Safework Laboratories was approached by Mineral Resources Ltd to work together and set up a COVID-19 testing laboratory on site within a week.
Normally setting up a new lab takes about 3 months. But the goal was to protect workers and their families as quickly as humanly possible.
The extraordinary dedication of all parties involved resulted in the lab being completely operational from scratch within fourteen days. From an empty building on the 1st April to fully functioning COVID-19 testing lab on the 14th April.
Mineral Resources produced the adjacent video, telling the story. You can also read about it in our blog post here.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in the dangers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Schedule your COVID-19 test with SafeWork Laboratories today.1300 795 227