Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 14:30, 23 February 2021

Testing of staff working at a council building or depot

From Thursday 25 February all staff working at Underwood Road Depot and Renfrewshire House will have the opportunity to take part in a two-week testing programme using home PCR tests for Covid19.

The testing is voluntary and everyone working at Underwood Road Depot and Renfrewshire House should be encouraged to take part. 

This is part of a wider expansion of regular, routine testing of those without symptoms which will also see testing made available to more of our council staff in the future and targeted community testing for people whether they have symptoms or not in local areas and communities that are experiencing stubbornly high levels of the virus. 

Why are we taking part in the programme?  

The health and safety of our staff is our priority and since the beginning of the pandemic all our decisions have been informed by the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Scottish Government guidance and made in consultation with trade unions. 

Along with the other safety measures we have in place, the testing of staff will help to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 at the workplace and help protect you, your family and friends and colleagues. 

It does not mean that we can stop following all the rules and guidelines on hand hygiene, face coverings and physical distancing at work, but it will help us to identify asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) people at the earliest possible opportunity 

Who can take part?  

Testing is voluntary. However, we encourage all staff working at Underwood Road and Renfrewshire House to take part to protect yourself, your families, your colleagues and Renfrewshire's front-line services. Staff who decide that they do not wish to participate will still be expected to attend work as normal. 

How it works? 

Staff should collect testing kits from the Community Bus on site at Underwood Road - your line manager will confirm when you should do this, or, from the Mail Room at Renfrewshire House on Friday 25 February.

Staff will be provided with a Q&A, consent form and privacy note as well as two COVID-19 at home PCR testing kits containing a nasal/throat swab and instructions of how to carry out the test to see if they are infected with COVID-19. 

Staff should register tests - https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/register-home-test using the barcode on the kits. 

Complete the tests as instructed in your kit -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-taking-swab-samples/how-to-use-the-self-swabbing-kit-for-a-combined-throat-and-nose-swab-video - and return your first test along with the completed form containing your barcode and personal details and your signed consent form to the Community Bus at Underwood Road or the Mail Room at Renfrewshire House and place it in the tray provided.

One week, or earlier depending on shift pattern, after completing your first test, please take your second and return it as above the following working day.  

If staff member is unable to register their kit, then details will be taken when tests are returned. 

What if I test positive? 

Staff will be contacted directly and if you return a positive result, you should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and inform your line manager as soon as possible, who will advise of the range of support available, including the self-isolation support grant.  

Any positive results from staff unable to register kit themselves will be returned to a central mailbox. If you return a positive test then your line manager will be in touch to let you know that you must self-isolate for 10 days, and outline the range of support available to you, including self-isolation support grant

What if I have been in close contact with someone who tests positive? 

If a colleague has tested positive, they will have to self-isolate as per government guidelines. Test and Protect will get in contact with staff members who were in close contact with a positive case to inform them that they need to self-isolate and will also now be offered a COVID-19 test. You can read more about this and what you should do if you or a close contact develop symptoms on the council website. 

What happens next?  

Please complete and return the consent form along with your first test if you wish to participate. Before doing so, please read the privacy notice carefully as this explains how your personal information will be used. 

If you have any questions, please speak with your line manager in the first instance.