COVID-19 testing of employees is instrumental to ensure a safe work environment for employees and customers, students, or others that interact with your business. While vaccination and booster rates are increasing every day, testing of unvaccinated employees is necessary to protect unvaccinated workers from the risk of contracting COVID-19 at work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued standards for testing unvaccinated employees in the workplace. These standards apply to large employers with 100 or more employees and are not exempt from the emergency temporary standard (ETS). Employers meeting the ETS requirements call for at least weekly testing of unvaccinated employees. With the national average of Americans 18 and up fully vaccinated at nearly 85% as of December 27, 2021, this opens up the possibility that up to 15% of employers' workforce may need testing to meet the ETS requirements.

Managing Used Rapid Test Kits as Medical Waste

As an industry leader in managing regulated medical waste (RMW), Sharps Compliance offers cost-effective solutions for employers to dispose of COVID-19 rapid test kit materials. Most employers can efficiently utilize one of our mailback systems to collect, package, and return this waste for proper disposal at a fully permitted treatment facility. All our mailback systems include a collection container, materials to properly package for transport, prepaid return shipping, and treatment. This convenient and easy-to-use solution will solve most employers' needs in managing COVID-19 rapid test kit disposal. There are no contract requirements with our mailback systems, and employers can purchase as needed or opt in to one of the reorder programs to simplify operations.

For larger employers that will provide more frequent testing or have many unvaccinated employees on-site, Sharps Compliance offers a medical waste pickup service to remove the collected waste from the workplace. Our route-based pickup solution is a contract service that requires scheduled stops on a predetermined frequency. It allows the collection of larger volumes of waste that may emanate from testing or other sources of regulated medical waste.