Swab On The Job - Covid Testing To Keep Workplaces Open

A woman in a lab holding a test tube

Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 28 days says new research. Bureau Veritas has developed a new swab sampling service so employers can determine if their workplaces are Covid free.

The new offering involves Bureau Veritas’ occupational hygienists swab testing various surfaces on business sites in line with MDHS 97 – Methods for Sampling Surface Contamination.

The swab sampling service includes a speedy 24 hour turnaround time for all samples. Following this, a sample analysis report is issued to businesses within seven working days from the final visit to a site.

Crucially, if traces of the virus are detected, Bureau Veritas can pin-point exactly where and provide accurate recommendations on adapting and improving cleaning practices to help eradicate the virus from the workplace.

The latest research shows the Covid can survive for up to 28 days on surfaces such as the glass on mobile phones, stainless steel, vinyl and paper banknotes.


 “Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and new research showing the Covid-19 virus can survive almost a month on certain surfaces, employers face an ever-escalating pressure to prove their premises are clean and Covid free.”

– Joe Marais 

Occupational Hygiene Team Leader, Bureau Veritas



Staying open

“To support businesses in demonstrating reassurance, we’ve developed our sampling service, which as restrictions continue to tighten, will be essential to keeping many sites open, operational and safe enough for employees, visitors and customers to use," continues Bureau Veritas' Marais. "We’d encourage all businesses, whatever the sector, to make use of the service.”



According to Bureau Veritas, one of the main areas to consider when managing coronavirus risks in the workplace includes heating and the movement of indoor air. Marais adds: “Reducing the amount of fresh air in workplaces and using air handling units to manage internal climates brings an increased risk of retaining Covid-19 within the environment. For many sectors, this is still new territory where following best practice via a third party consultancy such as Bureau Veritas provides confidence to employers, their staff and customers during what remains a challenging time for us all.”

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Picture: Swab testing.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
04th November 2020


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