Safeline Metal Detection in Manchester is leading the way for local COVID-19 on-site testing
Our UK metal detection manufacturing site and business unit, METTLER TOLEDO Safeline has been working with Salford City Council to set-up and run an on-site COVID-19 testing programme for our employees. Over 200 employees are tested at least twice per week using the Lateral Flow Rapid tests for COVID-19. With two thirds of our employees at our Manchester site involved in the end-to-end manufacturing process of our metal detection systems, we are making a significant contribution to helping reduce the spread of the virus in the workplace and wider community.
The testing programme started on 4 February 2021 and our on-site teams have conducted over 2650 tests and have identified nine positive COVID-19 cases in the first seven weeks. With one in three people who have the virus showing no symptoms, rapid tests help to identify and isolate more people who could transmit the virus to others. Without the testing programme, these positive cases could have caused a larger outbreak on-site, potentially passing COVID-19 to colleagues, friends, family and the wider community.
Henrik Norlen, General Manager for METTLER TOLEDO Safeline said, “We want to take all reasonable measures to protect our employees and their families, and help stop the transmission of the virus both within and outside of the workplace. We are grateful to Salford City Council for providing the testing programme and we are secure in the knowledge that our workforce is in safe hands.”
Councillor Gina Reynolds, Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing at Salford City Council added, “The test centre is part of Salford City Council’s commitment to support businesses throughout the pandemic and offer workers in Salford quick access to rapid tests."
Safeline is a COVID-Secure Site
The on-site rapid testing process is the latest step in Safeline's response to COVID-19 as the site already achieved the status of a COVID-secure site in 2020. We have implemented a wide range of safety measures within the facility, including new screening at individual workstations, provision of masks and personal hand sanitizer bottles, and mandatory daily temperature checks upon arrival. Following UK Government guidelines, office-based employees work from home to further reduce COVID-19 transmission.