Rapid Antigen Testing - FAQ's for Faculty and Staff

Information Reviewed and updated on 13th January 2022

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UCD are not at this time providing free test kits to staff unless their usage has been shown as necessary by a risk assessment, in which case a structured serial testing regime with appropriate clinical oversight will be put in place (see below).

In the event of a suspected outbreak of Covid 19 in the workplace the SIRC Office will provide test kits to staff for targeted outbreak testing and follow up.

Managers are free to decide at a local level if they wish to make test kits available and if you are unsure speak to your line manager who can advise whether your unit is providing free antigen test kits to onsite staff.

Free antigen test kits are available from the HSE in certain circumstances. Visit the HSE website to review their eligibility rules and order your test kit directly.

In addition staff can purchase subsidised test kits at €1 per kit in the Library Students Union Shop (max 3 kits per transaction).

A Manager is free to decide at a local level if they wish to make antigen test kits available to their staff for use on an informal basis (i.e. without clinical supervision). Antigen test kits can be purchased from many of the office equipment and laboratory equipment suppliers listed on e-procurement.  

Free antigen test kits are available from the HSE in certain circumstances. Visit the HSE website to review their eligibility rules and order your test kit directly.

In addition staff can purchase subsidised test kits at €1 per kit in the Library Students Union Shop (max 3 kits per transaction).
 

There is no obligation for any staff member to use antigen test kits.

If the use of antigen test kits has been shown as necessary to ensure staff safety via a risk assessment then a formal, structured antigen serial testing regime with appropriate levels of clinical oversight will be required.

Contact sirc@ucd.ie for further details.

You should use a self-administered rapid antigen test on a regular basis. Testing every three days / twice per week is recommended. Regular testing provide a better quality of result than once off occasional testing.

You should follow the instructions contained within the package.

See the short video below for guidance 

Further instructions on how to use a test kit can be found on the HSE website.

Current advice on what to do if you have been identified as a close contact of Covid case can be found on the HSE website. There are different rules depending on your vaccination status so please read the advice closely and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

If you have symptoms of Covid 19 then you should immediately self-isolate (stay in your room) and arrange for a test. There are different testing guidelines for persons of different ages, so consult the most current advice from the HSE and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

If you antigen test is positive you will need to self-isolate for a period of time and report your test result online to the HSE listing your close contacts.


If you test positive following an antigen test (or indeed after a PCR test) please report your diagnosis to UCD either via the google form here or by calling 01 716 7999 / ext. 7999. You will be asked to provide information about the nature of your testing and activities you have undertaken on campus in the 48hrs leading up to your test result. Staff are strongly encouraged to register their positive test result / diagnosis in order to facilitate the University in quantifying and managing Covid cases within the University community.

Yes. The University has subsidised the costs of test kits for sale in the Student Union Library Shop. Kits may be purchased at €1 per kit (up to a maximum of three kits per transaction).

No, rapid antigen testing must not be used as a substitute for any of the standard Covid control measures as outlined at https://www.ucd.ie/sirc/coronavirus/returntoworkguide/ For example the use of such testing cannot be used as a rationale for dispensing with mask wearing in environments where this measure has been mandated by UCD.

Yes. If you have been advised to engage in a sequence of self-testing by the HSE then you can use any kits supplied by UCD / your own test kits to start that process immediately whilst you await delivery of your test kits from the HSE.