Benefits of setting up rapid workplace screening

The use of rapid antigen tests as a screening tool for workplaces is one of the most rapid ways that businesses, their customers and communities can stay safe, slow the spread and ensure a swift economic recovery from the Government Shutdown.

Like all other screening tools at our disposal throughout the “new normal” – masks, sanitizer, social distancing, temperature checks – rapid testing is not a foolproof method to stop the spread of coronavirus. We know there is no silver bullet solution to ending the Shutdown, but each of these screening tools is part of a comprehensive strategy that, when used together, will keep the economy going.

By implementing free, self-administered antigen testing into daily life, we can prevent community spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, at home and in the community.

By screening your employees regularly, you can:

  • Identify cases of COVID-19 early to reduce the likelihood of them spreading in the workplace.
  • Allow employees to follow up with close contacts of cases so that they can self-isolate, monitor for symptoms and get tested.
  • Provide your business and workers with peace of mind.
  • Do your part to keep your workplace safe.

You will need to ensure your program complies with Ontario regulations. Specific guidance on rapid antigen testing can be found at: Ontario considerations for rapid antigen screening and considerations for privately initiated testing

How the program works

  • FREE for all businesses in City Of Cornwall, Akwesasne, North Stormont, South Stormont, & North Glengarry with less than 150 employees. Business in North and South Dundas should contact the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. For businesses with over 150 employees, please order directly from the Ontario government portal.
  • Select a representative from your company to be the “Screening Supervisor” responsible for the program
  • Order a two-week supply of kits
  • Pick up the kits (by appointment only) at 16 Second Street West, Cornwall Ontario
  • Employees administer the test themselves, with a gentle nasal swab, under the guidance of their Screening Supervisor
  • Get results in less than 15 minutes
  • Those who test positive or inconclusive must contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit for a lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test
  • The Screening Supervisor reports the total number of tests completed, number of positive tests, number of negative tests, etc. 
  • Reorder your kits using you custom link provided in you account confirmation email.

Get Set Up!

STEP 1: DESIGNATE A SCREENING SUPERVISOR

Each company should assign a Designated Screening Supervisor, who will be the contact person. This is the person that must complete the training, order, pick up the kits, complete all reporting, and drop off their used kits.  They should complete the rest of the steps.

STEP 2: HAVE THE SCREENING SUPERVISOR WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEO
The following training video must be viewed in its entirety by the Designated Screening Supervisor and we strongly recommend that it be shared with all employees who may be taking part in the screening process.

STEP 3: Determine Process of Administering Tests

Two models for workplace rapid screening

Decentralized model: Participants are provided with individually packaged kits they can use to administer their own rapid screens

  1. Assemble individual screening kits. Each test should include:
    1. One individually wrapped test device
    2. Extraction tube (blue and white caps) containing the buffer solution fluid
    3. Sterilized nasal swab for sample collection
    4. Instructions for use (you can download ours here)
  2. Provide screening kits to employees along with instructions on how to administer the screen.
  3. Participants swab and screen themselves twice weekly, following the instructions provided
  4. Participants report results back to employer
    1. If negative, participants should continue social distancing, mask wearing, and other protection measures
    2. If positive, the participant should self-isolate, get a PCR test within 24 hours, and tell close contacts to do the same
  5. On a weekly basis, employers must report the number of tests administered, number of positives, and number of negative results at custom link provided in you account confirmation email.


Centralized model:
 Organization sets up a rapid screening facility on site to screen participants. Trained individuals administer the rapid screens and report results to participants (note: participants may self-swab).

  1. Identify individuals who can help administer the program – these may be a health & safety team, or trained volunteers from your organization
  2. Set up site for rapid screening
  3. Participants register, self-swab, and provide their sample to a trained volunteer
  4. Trained volunteer administers the rapid screen and notifies participant of the results. If negative, participants should continue social distancing, mask wearing, and other protection measures. If positive, the participant should self-isolate, get a PCR test within 24 hours, and tell close contacts to do the same.
  5. On a daily basis, notify your local Public Health unit of any positive screens.
  6. On a weekly basis, employers must report the number of tests administered, number of positives, and number of negative results at custom link provided in you account confirmation email.
Step 4: Register for Organization and Supervisor