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Lateral flow testing for businesses and workplaces

How to register and order tests

Why you should register

It is vital we continue to keep our guard up as Jersey reopens its doors. Lateral flow testing is available to selected businesses so you can play your part in the reconnection process. Regularly testing staff and help the Jersey community stop the spread of COVID-19.

1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms, but they can still infect others. Early identification of positive cases keeps businesses open. Islanders tell us that protection of the community is a key motivator. Those businesses who sign up and regularly test workers are not only safer, they are appreciated too. 

Sectors taking part

Current sectors who can take part:

  • hospitality
  • retail
  • 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

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 6 weekly PCR test.

If you're in group C of the workforce testing programme and not eligible the Lateral Flow Testing programme, you'll still be offered 8 weekly PCR tests.

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.

Employees must not take the test kits home.

Why you should test your workforce

Regular COVID-19 testing provides confidence to a business's employees and its customers. Confidence is key to keeping businesses operating safely and profitably. 

The expansion of workplace testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and make sure anyone who tests positive to isolate. This will reduce the spread of the virus.

It is a voluntary decision for employers to run testing programmes for their staff. Testing can provide confidence to workers and customers in the workplace, helping to protect and enable business continuity.

If an employee tests positive

If an employee has a positive result they need to be sent home immediately to 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.

Why you should sign up

Regular testing gives workers confidence, provides business continuity and protects the community. As Jersey continues to reopen its doors it is vital that we continue to keep our guard up.

1 in 3 people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms. This means they could be spreading the disease without knowing. Widespread testing helps to find positive cases more quickly and break chains of transmission earlier.

How to take the test

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

  1. The swab is dipped into an extraction solution. This is then dripped on to the device's paper pad, producing the reaction that gives the result.
  2. Gently blow your nose into a tissue to get rid of excess mucus
  3. Wash and dry your hands (or use sanitiser)
  4. Check the swab in the sealed wrapper in front of you. Identify the soft, fabric tip of the swab
  5. Place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright
  6. Unscrew the small top cap of extraction buffer pot. Do not unscrew the bigger lid as you will not be able to use it as a dropper and it will spill on your surface when you perform the next step
  7. Place 6 drops only of the extraction buffer into the extraction tube. Try to avoid touching the tube with the bottle. Reseal the extraction buffer for future use.
  8. Open the and gently take out the swab. Try not to touch the soft, fabric tip-end of the swab
  9. Put the swab gently into one nostril, you may feel a slight resistance (insert about an inch). 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
  10. Put the fabric end of the swab into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab head against the edge of the tube while gently squeezing the tube, and rotate the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible
  11. Take out the swab while squeezing the tube removing as much fluid as possible. Place the swab back into the wrapper and dispose in the rubbish bin provided
  12. Press the nozzle cap tightly on to the tube to avoid any leaks
  13. Turn the tube upside down and lightly squeeze two drops onto the specimen well, the small circular hole labelled with a 'S'
  14. Place the Lateral Flow Test on a flat surface for 30 minutes. Set a clock, timer, or watch and wait 20 to 30 minutes to read the results. Do not read your results after the 30-minute mark as it will be invalid
  15. Input the results into the portal and dispose of all material, preferably double bagged

Print version of step-by-step guide

 

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 and your household 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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