Obtaining Consent for Coronavirus Testing Letter
This template letter may be used for obtaining employees’ consent to be referred for testing via the government online portal or for testing via a testing kit.
Under health and safety legislation employers are under a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of their employees. This includes a duty to ensure so far as reasonably practicable that their employees and others at the workplace are at no greater risk of contracting coronavirus when attending work than outside the workplace. To reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus and so that workers may return to their workplace sooner where they test negative but would otherwise be required to self-isolate for a minimum period in accordance with public health advice, the government has extended the category of individuals that are being offered to test for coronavirus.