COVID-19 Testing for the Manufacturing and Engineering Sector


With a second wave of COVID-19 now upon us and neighbouring countries going into a second lockdown, many businesses and their staff will continue to operate and work from home offices, as may have been the case throughout much of the pandemic.

However, for the UK’s manufacturing and engineering industry, mostly comprising of businesses unable to operate without a physically present workforce, it’s a different story as companies continue to grapple with how to go about keeping their business operational as well as employees safe and reassured about continuing to show up for work and mix with colleagues.

Understandably, employees whose job requires them to go to an actual place of work are concerned for their own health and that of family members and colleagues. What they might view as taking a risk every day or every shift, could be enough to make some resort to taking measures they might not otherwise consider in order to stay safe, like prolonged absenteeism or extra sick days.

It really doesn’t have to come to that, stresses Rachel Davenport of AlphaBiolabs, the company specialising in workplace COVID-19 testing and drug and alcohol testing, for businesses struggling to cope in these challenging times.

“Since 2004, we’ve been working with companies across the UK to deliver tailored drug and alcohol testing programmes, and we’re now supporting businesses to stay operational in these trying times with a range of employee COVID-19 tests.

“Collectively, the tests can determine the current and historic infection status of an employee so that employers can make swift arrangements where one or more employees test positive. They can help companies limit a spread of infection within their workforce, through rapid test results.

“We offer two instant, onsite tests – the Antigen test and the Antibody test – and we also offer the PCR swab test which requires laboratory analysis.”

Antigen and PCR swab tests will determine whether a person has a current, active COVID-19 infection and should therefore be self-isolating, away from the workplace.

The Antigen test, like the antibody test, is an instant, self-administered test that can be carried out on-site and provides an employer with vital information about the COVID-19 status of an employee, from a nose and throat sample, within 15 minutes. Similarly, the PCR swab test determines a person’s current infection status but involves a laboratory process which takes place at our dedicated, world-class COVID-19 testing facility. The sample collection can be carried out on-site by the employee themselves and once we receive the samples at our lab, we can return a result the next working day or even the same day.

A Rapid Antibody test will determine whether an individual has had a previous case of COVID-19. It does this using a finger-prick blood sample that is blotted into an immunoassay device, which then provides a result via a small display window, also within 15 minutes.


Testing packages to suit your business

AlphaBiolabs understand first-hand the challenges businesses are facing in these difficult and unprecedented times. Implementing COVID-19 tests into the running of our their business has allowed them to keep going and serve our loyal customers throughout lockdown.


Call AlphaBiolabs today to discuss your company’s testing needs. Let us help you, so you can protect your workforce and your operational productivity.

Visit our website for more information about our workplace COVID-19 tests: Instant Antigen Test , Instant Antibody Test and our COVID-19 laboratory PCR test.

Email: or call, 0333 600 1300.

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