Return to Work Testing for Employers

EMSI can support your return to work plan with COVID-19 testing for your teams.

Smear test of saliva for Covid-19 rapid test with medical professionals in the laboratory during a coronavirus epidemic

When can your teams safely return to work?

Local decisions depend on local circumstances. The CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but also states that decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians. All testing should be conducted in consultation with a healthcare provider.

While Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules generally prohibit asking employees about their health, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed employers have the right to request health information from workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Employers may ask if employees are experiencing fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat. Be sure to maintain all health information as a confidential medical record in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Safe work practices should be followed once people are back in the office. Healthy business operations include social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.


Onsite nasal and oral swab collections

When you’re ready, we’re ready

Collection events can be completed on-site to minimize distractions and get your employees back to work. Proper collection of specimens is the most important step. EMSI technicians are specially trained to collect nasal and/or oral swab-based specimens for COVID-19 testing programs. Our technicians follow specific lab procedures and wear personal protective equipment following recommendations from the CDC and EMSI’s Medical Director.

EMSI can provide a variety of specimen collections in support of return to work programs, including

  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Oropharyngeal
  • Supervision of self-collect oral swab collections
  • Phlebotomy and finger stick services for serology testing