Rapid Screening Kits
It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free.
Voluntary workplace screening for COVID-19 is as important for small business as it is for large – especially as we travel down the Road to Recovery and we all enjoy increased human interaction!
Regular screening is quick, confidential and easy – and it gives you and your team the confidence of knowing that there are no asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic cases on the workforce. Reporting is submitted in aggregate form, without identifying information of companies or their employees.
1. Getting Set up for the Program:
- Training & Registration are required for participation in this program before picking up your first order. Please click here to get signed up. Your partner agreement is included in the training module.
- Each company should assign a Screening Supervisor Designate, who will be the
contact person. This is the person that must complete the training and pick up the kits. We will not be able to provide kits to anybody who has not completed this training. The designate only needs to complete the training once, it is not required to be repeated to place subsequent orders.
- The training includes a 12 minute video; please allow yourself sufficient time to watch the full video when you click through.
- If you have multiple businesses, please fill out one form per business.
2. Ordering Kits:
- Please click here to place your order for screening kits; you will be able to choose a time slot from the list available; and you will get a confirmation of your order details.
- This site will require one-time registration so that you have access to order and report through this platform.
3. Picking Up Your Kits:
- All visitors must complete and PASS a COVID-19 assessment before picking up kits from the premises. Please click here to self screen before you head to our office to pick up your order (no more than 12 hours in advance). If you forget to do this in advance, you will see a QR Code displayed at the entrance.
- We are offering curbside pick-up for the kits, so you can pull up to the front entrance of the Barrie Chamber and call to let us know that you have arrived. If you prefer to park and walk up to the door, you are welcome to do this as well, we will be following our regular distancing protocols.
- Masks and physical distancing are mandatory during pick up.
4. Reporting Your Results
- In order to participate in the Workplace Self Screening program, all participants must agree to immediately report the results as soon as employees have been tested.
- Your Screening Supervisor Designate will be responsible for reporting all results.
- Results can only be submitted through the online portal.
- Aggregate results are shared with Health Canada and the Ministry of Health Ontario. You will not be asked for your employee names when you submit your results, and we will not be submitting your company name within our reporting structure either. Reporting is a government requirement for participation in the program; the Barrie Chamber is collecting the data purely to pass through for the program, we will not be using it for any other activities or initiatives.
- Anyone who receives a positive test result through the Workplace Self Screening Kit will need to make arrangements with their local Public Health Unit to receive a PCR test as soon as possible. They must also work with Public Health to determine when it is safe for them to return to work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Abbott Rapid Panbio Antigen Screening
The rapid screening kits are provided by the Ontario Government complimentary to small and medium sized businesses as an additional tool to help keep workplaces in Ontario safe.
Care and attention to following the proper process for the screening kits is essential for this tool to be effective as any misuse can negatively impact the workplace.
The latest information from Health Canada suggests that up to one-third of people carrying the COVID-19 virus are asymptomatic with little to no noticeable symptoms. Over 50% of known COVID-19 cases were transmitted by an asymptomatic carrier. This makes it incredibly important to find asymptomatic carriers in order to combat the spread of COVID in our workplaces and our communities.
Frequent screening with rapid antigen tests increases the chances of early identification of cases in asymptomatic individuals ONLY. Recommended frequency is twice per employee, per week.
The Ontario Government has also released guidance for organizations that choose to participate in COVID-19 screening that falls outside of the public health care system, to ensure there is appropriate oversight and consumer protection and that public resources are supporting public health initiatives.
At this time you CANNOT give kits to anyone. They are ONLY for use with your employees that are frequently coming to the workplace.
You also cannot screen anyone else other than employees coming to the workplace, this is essential as reporting presumptive positives or inconclusive results may call into question your ability/authority to do so.
Employees have the right to refuse to be screened. When an employee agrees to be screened, they are also giving their consent for you to collect and report the results.
The screening kits are highly accurate – in the range of 90% accurate – however there are circumstances where they may show a false positive or false negative. This is why NO ONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS should be screened using these screening kits, as a false negative result could put the organization at risk of exposure. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must get a PCR test and follow public health guidelines.
The screen pad and vial (with the swab and buffering agent in) are considered hazardous waste. Some businesses may have the ability to dispose of this material safely. If not, then the Chamber has a disposal bin to appropriately dispose of this waste that can be accessed when refilling your order.
Rapid Antigen Screening is a nasal swab and not invasive. The swab must be inserted into each nostril 2 cm (1 inch) for 5 to 7 seconds, while ensuring the inside of the nostril is wiped by the swab for that time.
When you picked up your screening kits, you signed a document that makes you responsible to report all results of the screening kits in your possession. The data that is required to be reported is: total number of screens completed, total number of positive results, total number of negative results, and total number of inconclusive results. The reporting form is available by clicking here.
Due to safety protocols and capacity limits of our training area, we are limiting in-person visits to the facility. Please send ONLY one person from your organization to pick up screening kits or masks.
To keep everyone safe, it is important that we keep the number of people onsite at any one time to a minimum to reduce the opportunity of close contact. You MUST wait until your confirmed pick up day and time. After you submit your order, you will be contacted by our team to coordinate a pickup day and time.
We have a process in place to get people in and out of the pick up facility as quickly as possible. In good weather, we may run a curbside pick up option, however we still ask you to only go to the distribution site on your confirmed day and time.
Anyone who receives a result of positive or inconclusive from the screening kit MUST immediately self-isolate and contact local Public Health for a PCR Test within 24 hours. Anyone with a positive of inconclusive result cannot be permitted in the workplace until there is a confirmed (by Public Health) negative test result.
It is REQUIRED that the employee notify Public Health with any positive results immediately.
Your employee is required to follow all of Local Public Health authorities direction and MUST arrange for a PCR test within 24 hours of their presumptive positive or inconclusive result.
We will be reporting from our website to the Ministry of Health and Health Canada for data collection.
The Ontario Government authorizes “self” screening for these kits. However, there is a requirement that screenings are supervised by a Screening Supervisor. The Screening Supervisor is the person who watched the training video when they picked up the initial order of screening kits and received the follow up email.
Employees must do their own screenings; no one should perform a screening on anyone else. The Screening Supervisor is present during the screenings to instruct employees and ensure the procedure is followed for an accurate result.
At this point, the Ministry of Health requires that a trained individual supervises the screening process. You will receive an email after your initial pick up, which will include a link to the training video. This video can be used as a refresher and/or train other supervisors.
The recommendation from public health is that all employees should be screened twice per week.
Some businesses may want to test their employees more frequently because of the setting or higher frequency of close contact. If that is the case for your business, please contact us at email@example.com and we will try to fulfill the order if possible. Providing screening kits to test more frequently will affect our supply and we will need notice in order to alert our supplier.
Conversely some businesses may want to test employees less frequently or may have a variety of employee schedules to consider. It is the responsibility of each business to determine frequency of screening. Please put the safety of your employees first, which will help to ensure you have a safe workplace.
The screening kits do expire. It appears that our supply of screening kits have expiry dates in 2022. We will advise businesses if the screening kits are close to expiring.
Using the kits after they expire is not advisable as their accuracy may be compromised. Caution should be taken to review the box and ensure the kits are not expired.
No! In fact, anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must be kept OUT of the workplace and must not be allowed to return until local public health provides a confirmed negative result from a diagnostic PCR Test and all public health guidelines have been adhered to.
Again, anyone showing symptoms that are similar to COVID-19 could in fact be infectious and should not be screened using these rapid screening kits; they should be immediately contact public health for a PCR assessment.
While we recognize some symptoms can resemble allergies, it is important that these symptoms are not ignored or overlooked as there could be a risk to the organization.
No. These screening kits are provided free of charge to small and medium sized businesses for their sole purpose. A designated employee must be assigned the responsibility of taking the supervisor training, ensuring proper screening processes are adhered to and reporting the results of the screening kits on behalf of the employer. While there are avenues available for third party vendors to purchase their own kits outside of this program to provide screening services, the Chamber’s program is intended to remain complimentary and direct to employer only.
No. The screening kits are not for sale and we are not authorized to charge anyone for these kits. When picking up your order, you will be required to sign a document stipulating that you not sell or distribute these screening kits.
The value of the box of 25 kits is approximately $200 based on known retail information. The screening kits are expensive, and we are able to offer the kits at no cost to businesses because they are funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments.
No. The screening kits are not to be used to validate or substantiate not following public health guidelines. The kits are not intended to be used to verify negative carriers so that restrictions issued by the province or local public health can be waived. Any person who screens presumptive negative, MUST continue to follow public health measures of distancing, washing their hands, wearing a mask properly, and adhering to public health gathering orders.
No. While these screening kits are extremely reliable, they are not a tool for travel or usurping any Federal, Provincial or International guidelines.
Contained in each box of screening kits, you will find two “Control Swabs”; one of those swabs will produce a negative result and the other swab will produce a positive result. These control swabs are ONLY to be used for quality control purposes. If you are finding that the results of screening kits from a particular box are not showing up on the testing pads, then you can follow the process in the manual provided to do a quality control check of the pads by simply following the same testing regime. DO NOT SWAB ANYONE WITH THESE CONTROL SWABS; the swabs already have ingredients on them to produce results in the quality control process.
While the positive control swab will show positive for COVID-19, there is nothing on the swab that is infectious or that will pass COVID-19 to a person. It is a pre-loaded swab and should not be used for anything other than quality control, if required.