Surface Testing

Covid-19 Surface Testing within the Workplace

At NationWide Laboratories we are now able to offer environmental testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces within the workplace. We use a real time PCR method to indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material on the swabs taken from contaminated surfaces.

The swabbing technique is suitable for a wide range of critical environmental surfaces, including door handles, light switches, desks, office furniture and equipment, ventilation exits, food contact surfaces, kitchens, sinks, lavatories etc.

The sampling is performed by swabbing the surfaces of all areas that require testing using the sterile swabs provided. Analysis is carried out in our designated laboratory in Leeds and the results are reported back within 48 hours from the receipt of the sample.

Regular testing will help you monitor and strengthen the effectiveness of cleaning and sanitation regimes in your facility.

Note: This particular test is only designed for surfaces and not suitable for humans or animals.

Available price options for Covid-19 surface swabbing:

Tailored testing programs are available upon request via



Per Swab



Per Pool of 5 Swabs

(Analysed and reported back together)



Per Pool of 10 Swabs

(Analysed and reported back together)

Covid-19 Surface Testing Sampling Instructions:

  1. Request the sampling kit from In the kit you will find all the necessary materials to perform the sampling procedure.
  2. Wash your hands before sampling and wear sterile gloves whilst obtaining the sample.
  3. Dip the swab into the transport medium and remove excess liquid by gently pressing the swab against the side of the container.
  4. Sample 100 square cm of the surface. Gently rub the swab against the surface in 3 directions: horizontal, vertical, diagonal. Rotate the swab but maintain horizontal position. Make sure that the whole surface is covered.
  5. Place the swab into the transport medium tube and break off the plastic end. Complete the details of date, time and location on the label provided and on the submission form.
  6. Place the tube into biohazard bag (5 swabs per 1 biohazard bag) containing absorbent material. Clean the outside of the bag with disinfectant.
  7. Place the swabs into secondary bag and disinfect the outside of this bag.
  8. Place the swabs into transportation packaging provided. All the documentation needs to go inside in a zip-lock bag. Note: The markings on the transportation packaging should not be obscured.
  9. Send to the laboratory for testing: Gate Way Drive, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7XY.

Note: Swabs must reach the laboratory within 48 hours.

*(T&Cs apply, please contact us for more details)