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Business and workforce community lateral flow testing

How to register and order tests

Sectors taking part

Your workplace or business will need to decide if they want to take part in the lateral flow testing programme. The programme is voluntary for businesses and employees. Current sectors who can take part:

  • building and construction
  • customs and immigration
  • domestic cleaning services
  • legal and financial services
  • leisure and recreation
  • security and facilities management
  • utilities and infrastructure
  • voluntary and community services
  • worship, funeral and wedding services
  • other healthcare services including all registered professionals
  • hospitality
  • retail including motor trades and repairs
  • agriculture and fisheries
  • public transport
  • postal, freight and delivery service
  • wellbeing, cosmetic and beauty
  • veterinary practices and animal husbandry
  • early years
  • children's social care
  • emergency services
  • Ports of Jersey

The testing programme for schools is a separate programme.

PCR testing

If you're in group B of the workforce testing programme (schools, early years, children's social care, updated vets) then you'll still be offered PCR test every 6 weeks plus lateral flow testing every week.

If you're in group C of the workforce testing programme you you'll be offered lateral flow testing every week.

How to register your business or workplace

You need to register your workplace to take part in the lateral flow testing programme.

To sign up you'll need:

  • a nominated person to input business information and employee names
  • business name
  • business address, email and contact number
  • names of employees taking part
  • total number of employees taking part

Register your business

Terms and conditions

Once you've registered, we'll send you a unique workplace code.

Tell your employees taking part in the programme that they will need to register using the unique workplace code.

The primary contact for your business will need to approve each employee that signs up to confirm they work at your business.

Login for existing workplace users

Login to manage your workplace information or upload test results.

Login for existing users

Employee sign up

You'll only need to sign up once to confirm your name and the place you work.

You'll need your unique workplace code to confirm where you work. Your employer should send this code to you once they've registered.

Employee sign up

Who can take the test

Your workplace or business will need to decide if they want to take part in the lateral flow testing scheme. The scheme is voluntary for businesses and employees.

You should not use a lateral flow test if you have any coronavirus symptoms.

You should still take part in the programme even if you're vaccinated.

More information about lateral flow testing

 


Employers

How often you should test

It is recommended that employers offer their on-site workforce access to a minimum of 1 lateral flow tests every week. This will help identify staff who are carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, reducing the risk of transmission.

For example, if you have 10 employees you will be sent 40 tests to last one month.

Tests must be taken in the workplace

Employees must take the lateral flow test in the workplace, preferably with another employee supervising to make sure they are following the test kit instructions.

If an employee tests positive

If an employee has a positive result they need to be sent home immediately to isolate away from other family members, if this is not possible then the household must also isolate.

The employee will need to book a PCR test with the helpline and remain in isolation until the result is received. Once the positive result has been added the Covid Safe tracing process will follow.

If the result is negative, they may return to work. If it is positive they will need to complete the required isolation period.

A deep clean of areas where the employee has been working should be undertaken immediately to reduce the risk to other members of staff this should also include touch points and shared areas. You should review your COVID risk assessment.

If it any point your business would like a COVID assessment someone from the COVID Support Team will visit your premises and provide you with advice, they can also provide training on how to clean.

Keeping a stock of test kits

Your stock of tests will be replenished automatically. If you record all your test results, including those that are inconclusive or not used, then the system will identify when you need more tests.

You should always have a minimum of 2 weeks of test kits.

How to input test results

Test should be recorded weekly for each employee signed up for the programme.

You'll need the cartridge number for each test referenced against each employee.

The results get automatically uploaded to our public health system. The Contact Tracing Team is alerted when there is a positive result.

Reading the test results

Dispose of used tests

Any positive material should be double bagged in standard waste disposal.

Any negative, void or unused test should be put in standard waste disposal.

Employees

Who should take part

You should not take part in the later flow testing programme if you have any coronavirus symptoms.

If you have any symptoms you should call the helpline and get a PCR test.

Direct contacts

If you've been identified as a direct contact in the workplace you'll need to ask your nominated workplace contact to upload your daily lateral flow test result. This only applies to direct contacts employed:

  • within a critical infrastructure or emergency services role, or
  • as a residential or domiciliary care worker

You should stop your weekly testing in your workplace whilst doing the daily lateral flow testing for the 10-day period.

If you're identified as a household direct contact, you'll need to follow the household direct contact testing process.

How to take the test

Taking a lateral flow test involves taking a sample from the nostrils using a swab.

Prepare your test

  1. First, wash your hands and blow your nose
  2. Wash your hands again or use hand sanitiser
  3. Place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright
  4. Unscrew the small top cap of the extraction buffer pot. Do not unscrew the bigger lid as you will not be able to use it as a dropper
  5. Place 6 drops only of the extraction buffer into the extraction tube. Avoid touching the extraction tube with the extraction buffer. Reseal the extraction buffer for future use

Take your test

  1. Identify the soft fabric trip of the swab wrapper, open and remove the swab. Do not touch the soft fabric tip
  2. Put the soft fabric tip gently into once nostril, about 1 inch up. You may feel some resistance. Roll the swab 10 times slowly along the inside of the nostril. Remove the swab and repeat 10 times in the other nostril with the same swab tip
  3. Put the soft fabric tip into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab tip against the edge of the tube while gently squeezing the extraction tube to keep it secure. Rotate the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible from the swab tip
  4. Remove the swab from the tube while squeezing the tube to remove as much fluid as possible from the swab tip. Place the swab back into the wrapper and dispose in general rubbish
  5. Press the nozzle cap tightly onto the extraction tube to avoid any leaks
  6. Turn the extraction tube upside down and lightly squeeze two drops onto the specimen well, into the hole marked with an S
  7. Place the specimen well onto a flat surface and make a note of the time
  8. After 20 to 30 minutes, read your results and throw the specimen well away. Results after this time will be invalid

Print version of step by step guide

Step by step guide Portuguese

Step by step guide Polish

 

Test results

​Result
Image of test
What you need to do
​Negative
​One line next to C shows the test is negative
Covid lateral flow negative test result
A negative result means that active coronavirus infection was not detected, at the time of the test. However, this does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus.
Continue to follow guidance, including regular hand washing, distancing and wearing a mask.

​Positive
​Two lines, one next to C and one next to T, even faint lines, shows the test is positive
Covid lateral flow positive test result

​You must call the helpline to report your positive result and arrange a confirmatory PCR test within 24 hours.

You must isolate. 

​Void
​No lines, or one line next to T, means the test is void
Covid lateral flow void test result
You will need to re-take with a fresh test kit.

About lateral flow testing

Lateral flow antigen testing is available alongside standard lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. These tests play a different, but crucial, role in the fight against COVID-19.

Lateral flow device (LFD) testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. In some circumstances lateral flow tests can also be used for other diagnostic tasks.

The tests are easy to use and give results in 20 to 30 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.

The test kit is a hand-held device with an absorbent pad at one end and a reading window at the other. Inside the device is a strip of test paper that changes colour in the presence of COVID-19 proteins (antigens).

The result from a lateral flow test can't be used for travel (vaccine passport) and is not the equivalent of PCR test.



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