Lateral Flow COVID Test Procedure for Students

Lateral Flow COVID Test Procedure for Students

1. Policy – Statement of Intent

The COVID-19 emergency requires all of us to work together in the national interest to protect the health and safety of everyone, jobs and our maritime economy. UKSA takes the  safety of our teams, students and visitors seriously and will continue to follow government guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention and testing. As a result; this policy may be subject to change at short notice. Updates will be communicated  by UKSA as ‘All Staff’ e-communication. It is everyone’s responsibility to abide by this policy as well as related Procedures/Risk Assessments.

2. UKSA Responsibilities

To ensure that all activities are undertaken safely and that this procedure is clearly understood throughout UKSA.

We will:

· Train key staff in managing this procedure in a safe and supportive way.
· Ensure there are sufficient lateral test stocks available at all times.
· Ensure Hand Sanitiser and PPE is available for staff and students.
· Review this procedure regularly (at least monthly).
· Communicate important changes to COVID-19 guidance to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

UKSA procedure for when a student is identified as having Covid symptoms:

Covid symptoms are:

• New persistent cough
• High temperature
• Loss of sense of taste or smell

The student should notify the duty manager and wait for further instructions.

3. Student Testing Programme

Pre-arrival students:

Students will be informed by the sales team in writing and verbally that they will need to provide proof of a negative self administered lateral flow test before arriving at UKSA. The test must not be dated more than 72 hours before the student’s arrival at UKSA. Students will need to order a lateral flow Test online via NHS website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff in sufficient time in order to allow for delivery and administration of the test results.

Post-arrival

You will be required to take one COVID lateral flow 15-minute test every 3 days.

Administration process:

  • The Covid administration team for students will schedule a 3 day rotation lateral flow tests for UKSA students. Students are notified via Teams when their next lateral test is required giving the student minimum of 48 hours notice.
  • When the self administered test is completed, the student sends a photo of the result direct to the relevant administration team as confirmation of test. The result is logged as ‘N’ for negative and ‘P’ for positive.

4. GDPR

Information and documentation will be held and processed in line with GDPR guidelines. Lateral Flow Test results information must only be retained until receipt of the next test result, or immediately after the student has left UKSA.

5. Training Requirements

Directors are responsible communicating this procedure to all relevant staff. Line managers are responsible for training their direct reports. Any concerns around this procedure should be discussed directly with DOFBS or DOTO.