Until everyone has been vaccinated, we recommend the following steps be taken to make employees feel safe when the workplace reopens.
Many of the recommendations were also relevant to the first reopening, and you can probably remember several of them.
Recommendations to make employees feel safe when the workplace reopens
- Good hygiene - use hand sanitisers and maintain proper distancing (follow the recommendations from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority)
- Use face masks when outside of your own area/department
- Maintain an extra focus on hygiene and distancing in canteens and areas that see a lot of activity
- Deploy extra resources for cleaning + if relevant, use HouseTest (PFA partner)
- Have guidelines in place for how to manage infections at the workplace (use the recommendations of the Danish Health Authority)
- Have common rules for how everyone at work should interact with each other
- If employees have been in contact with an infected colleague, we recommend that they take a PCR test either at the company (via PentaBase) or at a public test centre
- We do not recommend using antigen tests (quick tests) to test for and trace infections at the workplace unless you are part of certain industries and the data on epidemics suggests a lot of outbreaks - for example, for slaughterhouses, construction sites and prisons (staff).
- If antigen tests are used at the workplace, it is important for tests to be carried out minimum once per week and for everyone who test positive to then be sent for a PCR test (cf. the recommendations from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority). There are several providers of antigen tests on the market, including Falck.dk, Quicktestcenter.dk, Mynurse.dk, Haemomedtec.dk etc.
- Support the managers, as their jobs have changed in some ways due to the corona pandemic. You can find inspiration and guides here on the site and by calling our free advice hotline for HR staff and managers
- Support your employees in maintaining good physical and mental health. You can find inspiration, advice and guides here on the site.
- It is better to communicate too much rather than too little
Covid-19 tests for employees and companies
If your workplace is interested in offering tests for employees or testing the whole company, you can read more below.
Covid-19 testing for employees
With the low numbers of corona cases in Denmark at present, we do not recommend that workplaces test all employees at set intervals unless it is for special industries which the epidemic data says have a lot of outbreaks (for example, slaughterhouses, construction sites or prisons).
As part of ensuring that employees feel safe at the workplace, if there is an outbreak in the workplace, you can offer the relevant employees a PCR test in the workplace or with a supplier.
Read more about PentaBase
Please note that when the ‘corona certificate’ is introduced during the reopening, then tests taken outside of the public testing system will not be registered in the corona app.
As a PFA customer, you can get discounts for PCR tests via our partner, PentaBase.
Offering Covid-19 tests can provide employees and the company a sense of security.
PFA recommends PentaBase
PentaBase’s method for detecting SARS-CoV-2 (and thereby Covid-19) is based on purifying and propagating viral RNA followed by detection of two virus-specific RNA sequences. This ensures that the test is sensitive enough and capable of finding mutations in the virus genome. The test, developed by PentaBase in collaboration with Rigshospitalet and Novo Nordisk, is made in Denmark. CoviDetect™ is the most commonly used analysis method for tracing people with Covid-19 in Denmark.
Get a discount with PFA
Below, you can see prices and the special discount for PFA customers. In addition, there is also a 10 % discount on the Covid-19 test itself when using this code: PFA10.
Read more about PentaBase here
Test your company for Covid-19
In order to ensure a clean and virus-free working environment, PFA recommends that the company as a whole be tested for traces of Covid-19. It is simple and reassures the employees working there on a daily basis.
At PFA, we have experience with testing rooms and work surfaces to ensure a safe and virus-free working environment. We have an exclusive partnership agreement with HouseTest, which has developed an analysis method that quickly shows whether there are traces of coronavirus on surfaces.
Read more about HouseTest
Get an answer in 48 hours
With HouseTest, you will be able to see where in your company cleaning or hygiene can be improved. HouseTest carries out spot checks, CoronaSurface TripleTarget™, looking for active substances in the kinds of locations that are touched by many people - for example, doors leading into a building, speed gates, railings, printers, coffee machine panels, canteens and restroom facilities. They also analyse if there is human DNA present. This is not a health risk in itself, but it is an indication of whether the cleaning and hygiene measures are sufficient. You will then receive a report within 48 hours of the test being carried out.
The analysis method uses the so-called RT qPCR technology, where the RNA of the virus (hereditary material) is identified and quantified. This is the method that the WHO recommends. HouseTest uses an improved version of this method, which is more sensitive and specific than a standard RT qPCR test, and this makes it particularly suitable for testing surface areas. It can detect as little as 35 virus parties, which in practice means that HouseTest could detect SARS-CoV-2 on a surface with the addition of 5 microlitres of saliva from an infected person and then diluted 80,000 times.
Effective weapon against the spread of the virus
It has been proven that cleaning and disinfection have a positive impact on reducing the risk of infection and the transfer of Covid-19. The test can therefore help to make your employees feel more confident that they will not be infected and also show in which areas cleaning needs to be optimised.
Get a sample test with HouseTest
email@example.com and informing them that you are a PFA customer.
PFA has studied the market for antibody tests and looked at Danish and international experts’ (for example, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority and the WHO) attitude towards the current antibody tests. Our research shows that it is possible to find an antibody test which can detect coronavirus antibodies, but researchers do not yet know for certain whether everyone who has them is immune or for how long immunity lasts after being infected with the coronavirus. As a result, antibody tests cannot be used to determine whether an individual employee is still at risk of being infected or if he/she can infect others. PFA therefore does not recommend the use of antibody tests to identify immune employees at this time.
Current knowledge indicates that most people have a certain degree of immunity towards Covid-19 after they recover.
You can read more about antibody tests at the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s homepage.
We continue to monitor developments
Researchers around the world are working as fast as they can to learn more about how the virus spreads and to determine if people are still infectious or at risk of being infected once antibodies have formed. We are monitoring the developments and updating our recommendations as changes occur.