Certified Staff – Logistics – Infrastructure – Track & Trace
COVID-19 Risk Assessments
We offer up to date guidance on Covid-19 requirements for events, weddings, civil partnerships, venues and more…
Fully accredited Covid-19 Supervisors for film and TV production, construction sites and venue management.
Our team is located throughout the UK with experience in large and small scale location and studio work.
We can support through build set-ups to load-out.
We can advise and provide plans and risk assessments for studios, locations and venues.
Fully accredited testing services and with the best clinical and medical governance.
Testgeeks manage all logistics involved with planning for and setting up a testing station at any location within the United Kingdom.
We can supply all equipment required for testing and associated infrastructure for creating a testing station. We have qualified medical staff and Covid-19 supervisors to manage the testing system.
Testgeeks can provide a track and trace system for all persons on site to be registered on and to keep track of results
Perfect for film and video production companies, units and teams…
Ideal for rapid, cost effective screening. Identify positive cases before they enter the work environment.
- Rapid: test results in 15 mins
- Reliable: high performance test. As a minimum, the tests work to a 95% sensitivity and 99% specificity.
- Easy to use: self contained kits. Simple system.
- Accessible: test deployed at point of need in a variety of settings.
- Scalable: this system enables large-scale testing quickly
- Affordable: More cost effective than PCR testing.
What test is it?
We currently only offer the rapid lateral flow antigen test.
It’s a Point of Care (POC) test meaning results are shown at the test site (does not have to be taken to a lab to process results). The test is taken via a nasopharyngeal swab (up the nose) and added to a solution which “flows” through checkpoints to detect positive genes within 15 minutes. The antigen test detects if the patient has or is carrying a current case of SARSCoV-2 (COVID-19), as opposed to an antibody test which detects if a patient recently had it.
We can also arrange PCR tests (although these are not rapid) and we are trialling the new rapid saliva tests.
What is a lateral flow test?
A lateral flow test is a type of diagnostic used to confirm if (in this case) SARSCoV-2 (COVID-19) is present.
It’s a term used for the way in which samples flow into a marker or trigger to show if the sample is contaminated. Simply, a sample is extracted from a liquid into the single-use test unit. In this case, a nasopharyngeal swab. There are many other forms of lateral flow tests with the most common one being the urine pregnancy test..
Who can administer the test?
In order for the test to be considered genuine by Public Health England, our tests must be carried out by a certified medical professional such as a nurse or doctor.
For the sake of good care and hygiene, we also insist the point of care setting is comfortable and clean.
What staff are included in the service?
When you buy a mobile test solution from us we include the relevant number of medical professionals and safety administrators for the size of the operation. We will complete a risk assessment ahead of confirming the booking so you can rest assured that the appropriate number of qualified staff are carrying out the testing.
This complete package means you do not need to provide any of your own staff. For larger operations, we will complete a plan together to ensure larger topics such as stewarding are covered.
Who manufactures the test?
We have access to rapid lateral flow test kits are manufactured by Edinburgh Genetics and Biotec Biomedical.
What is the accuracy?
The accuracy of the tests range between manufactures slightly but as a minimum, the tests work to a 95% sensitivity and 99% specificity.
Test sensitivity indicates the ability of the test to correctly identify patients that have the disease. A test’s sensitivity is also known as the true positive rate. If a diagnostic test correctly identified 100% of all positive results, it would be as sensitive as possible.
Test specificity indicates the ability of the test to correctly identify patients that do not have the disease. If a test correctly identifies all people without the disease as negative, it would be as specific as possible.
What's the difference between an antigen and an antibody test?
Antigens show when the virus is currently within your system.
Antibodies will show if you recently had the virus in your system. However, antibodies could present themselves for other reasons and therefore those tests are not considered overly accurate.
What is a PCR test?
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is the most commonly used COVID-19 test.
It has the highest accuracy available but samples must be extracted and tested in a lab environment. Even at the most efficient, this process takes hours, not minutes. With that, it’s a slow and expensive option.
What makes this service legitimate?
Our service is registered with UKAS through our medical partners, whilst our medical staff are registered with their relevant authorities and insured to perform their duties.
Our chosen manufacturers supply CE-IVD rapid immunoassay IVD medical devices that have been registered by the MHRA in the UK at a GMP, ISO 13485 and FDA registered manufacturing sites in the UK.
When am I contagious?
If you have tested positive for antigens you are contagious.
If you have caught COVID-19 but you do not know it yet because the virus is still incubating in your system, then you cannot pass the virus on via respiratory methods. However, you will be contagious as soon as the virus presents itself and this will naturally be before you are able to test for it.
If you are known to have been close to a positive person you must self-isolate in line with guidance but even if you have not, our recommendation is to continue operating with social distancing where possible and to test regularly if projects span a number of days.
What's the procedure in case of a positive result?
When creating risk assessments for each mobile test site, we will establish a positive- scenario procedure. This will include a secure way of the positive person leaving the site as they will not be allowed to continue being on site.
Since areas are decontaminated between tests, social distancing remains in place and all contact staff wear PPE, there is a low risk of the positive person passing on the virus during their testing time. We also encourage pairing up crew so that replacements can step in should someone be instructed to self-isolate.
Positive persons will be advised to follow NHS guidance and have a PCR test.
What are the turnaround times for booking and scaling-up?
We require 36 hours to book in remote testing. All staff are deployed locally to your area and all test kits are already in the UK, meaning delivery for 10,000’s of kits can take place overnight.
What does the pre-arrival questionnaire entail?
Before each person being tested arrives at the location, we ask them to fill in an online form which inputs their details into the testing database. This secure form asks questions which help build a risk profile against the person (including checking if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have visited high-risk areas recently). Each event is unique so we can ask additional questions subject to information production staff may need (e.g. checking if they have appropriate PPE).
The forms can be hosted on your website or branded and hidden behind a custom URL.
Can I give other people COVID-19 during the incubation period?
You cannot pass on the virus respiratorily until the antigens have been established in your system (4-10 days from contracting the virus). However, you can at any time pass the virus on via touch contamination and the moment the virus presents itself which could be anytime after the test was taken.
We recommend regular point of care testing to reduce this chance of happening.
About COVID 19 Supervisors
Who are your Covid-19 Supervisors?
Our Covid-19 Supervisors are all experienced Health & Safety Advisors who have undertaken additional certificated training in various disciplines with regard to Covid-19.
They are all experienced working in film locations, fixed venues and construction sites.
Can they help with planning?
Our Covid-19 Supervisors can assist with assessment of sites and workspaces and advise on safety measures to put in place before opening sites for work. We can provide full risk assessments and mitigations in line with the latest government rules and guidance. In Film and TV Production this planning should be writing by the LP/Producer or your H&S Consultant.
Does a Covid -19 Supervisor supply PPE?
No, this is the responsibility of the production company/employer; in accordance with PPE at Work Regulation 1992 Reg 4.
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What is their role on site?
This depends on the site and size of cohorts.
- Measuring and marking out for social distancing.
- Maintaining appropriate signage and checking it is in place each day.
- Ensuring hand sanitiser is in place and stocked for the full working day.
- Issuing appropriate PPE and advising on use; ensuring it is properly worn at appropriate times.
- Checking physical distancing measure are in place before crew arrive.
- Daily temperature checking on arrival and keeping records in line with GDPR.
- Brief cohorts on Covid-19 protocols on arrival and act as the point of contact for all enquires during
- the day.
- Monitor and implement protocols as per risk assessment; making regular checks.
- Monitoring crew/talent cohorts and checking access restrictions are maintained.
- Assist site manager/production manager /H&S consultant on pre shoot briefings or site tasks to
- implement specific Covid-19 controls.
- Liaising with H&S consultant if extra measures are needed.
Does the Covid-19 Supervisor implement testing?
No, this will be completed by a separate medical team. Covid-19 Supervisors can assist on smaller contracts.
Testgeeks can organise this element too.
Can they act as both Covid-19 Supervisors and Safety Advisors?
It is normal for these to be separate roles as the disciplines, although overlapping, do involve different elements.
However, depending on the circumstances, we may allocate an experienced person to cover both roles if we feel it is appropriate. It is important Covid-19 measures are actively monitored.