Testing and trace
- The Government has made Covid-19 testing available to all workers and their families living in the same household over 5 years old.
- The test will give workers the reassurance to safely come back to work where they have been self-isolating with Coronavirus symptoms.
- The test available is known as an antigen test (PCR) and this will only tell you if you or a member of your household are positive at the time the test is carried out.
- The test is only for people with symptoms of coronavirus, whether that is you or someone you live with.
The main symptoms are:
- a high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste
When to ask for a test
You need to have the test in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
It’s best to ask for the test in the first 3 days, as it may take a day or two to arrange.
Booking a test
You can either book your own test or book one through Clancy.
To book your own test on-line go to:
To book through Clancy you will need to contact your manager who will ask you for some details and these will be shared with the OH & Wellbeing Manager who will send your request for a test to gov.uk.
Once your test has been received, you will receive a text notification asking you to book a date and time for your test to be carried out.
You will receive these within 48 to 72 hours after you have taken the test.
Returning to work
If your test is negative
- You can return to work as long as:
- You are well enough
- Not had a temperature in the last 48 hours
- Anyone you live with also tests negative
If you test positive or someone you live with tests positive you cannot return to work
- You will need to continue to self-isolate
- If your condition gets worse and you do not recover in the next 7 days, you will need to call NHS 111 or the emergency services.
Tracing Contacts Process
- Employee tests positive
- IDENTIFY all work contacts – i.e. anyone that they may have spent more than 15 minutes with e.g. supervisor, team-mates, yards man, run-around, works co-ordinators, storemen, office staff
- EXPLAIN that they have been in contact with someone who tested positive
if they have had any symptoms
who else they have been in contact with at work?
- TELL them they will need to self-isolate and to book a test either on-line or through Clancy.
- They cannot return to work until they either take a test and it’s negative or they self-isolate for 14 days.