Testing strategy considerations for non-healthcare workplaces

The purpose of this new CDC document is to provide employers with strategies for consideration of incorporating testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, into a workplace COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plan.

Employers are encouraged to collaborate with state, territorial, tribal and local health officials to determine whether and how to implement the testing strategies and which one(s) would be most appropriate for their circumstances.

These considerations are meant to supplement, not replaceany federal, state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which workplaces must comply.

These strategies should be carried out in a manner consistent with law and regulation, including laws protecting employee privacy and confidentiality. They should also be carried out consistent with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance regarding permissible testing policies and procedures.

Employers paying for testing of employees should put procedures in place for rapid notification of results and establish appropriate measures based on testing results including instructions regarding self-isolation and restrictions on workplace access.”

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