Rapid Antigen Screening Information
Rapid Antigen Screening Kit
What You Need To Know
Any business in Niagara-on-the-Lake who employs 150 people or less can access this program.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the registration process. Please include the following information in your email: Business Name / Business Address / # of kits (quantities of 25) / Date (Tuesday or Thursday) / Time (10am-3pm)
You will receive a confirmation email with directions to pick your order quantity, date and pickup time.
Each company should assign a Screening Supervisor Designate, who will be the contact person and responsible for ensuring these tests are performed correctly and reported in a timely manner.
If you have multiple businesses, please register each business separately.
Before You Arrive
All visitors must complete and PASS a COVID-19 assessment before entering the premises.
Check-in at registration and provide the completed PASP (Provincial Antigen Screening Program) form. Please bring a printed copy of the completed form, or e-mail an electronic copy to email@example.com.
You will be required to watch a 5-minute training video at your initial pick-up.
Capacity limited to 2 visitors at any one time.
Masks and physical distancing are mandatory while in the building.
Booking A Time To Pickup
We will be taking appointments for test pick ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Appointments will be every 15 mins starting at 10:00 am. Pick up will at the Chamber Office at 26 queen St in the lower level of the Courthouse. Please enter via the rear entrance on Market St.
Prior to your arrival, you must watch this video
Here is an additional training video specific to your kit.
Upon your arrival
Sign the PASP Agreement
Wear a mask when entering the building
Maintain social distancing
Reporting Your Results
In order to participate in the program, all participants must agree to report ALL data regarding results of the Screening Kits EACH WEEK.
Your Screening Supervisor Designate will be responsible for reporting all results.
Results can only be submitted through the online portal. We ask that you keep a spreadsheet of results while the portal remains disabled temporarily. Once reactivated, the results can be submitted through the StaySafe portal.
Results are shared with Health Canada and the Ministry of Health Ontario.
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.
The Workplace Self-Screening Kits program operates Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 am – 3 pm.
All kits are to be picked up at 26 Queen St in the lower level of the Old Courthouse. Please enter at the back of the building by Market St BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can businesses give screening kits to and who can we screen?
These test kits are only for use by employees that frequently attend the workplace. You cannot give kits to anyone else, nor test them on-site or anywhere else. Doing so invalidates the government’s tracking and tracing programs by reporting false information as the sites of cases and outbreaks. Employees have the right to refuse to participate in the test, but when they comply they are deemed to have also given consent to collection and reporting of the data.
What is the accuracy of these screens?
These are highly accurate in the range of 90% accurate; however, there are circumstances where they may show a false positive or false negative. In particular, this is why NO ONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS should be screened using these tests, as a false negative result might put the organization in a compromising position.
How is the screening administered – through the nostril or mouth?
Rapid Antigen Screening is a Nasal swab and not evasive. The requirement is the swab must be inserted into each nostril for 5 to 7 seconds 2 cm (1 inch) inside the nasal, while ensuring the inside of the nostril is wiped by the swab for that time.
What is the reporting responsibility our business has with respect to the results?
In order to participate, you have signed a document that makes you responsible to report all results of your screens. The total number of screens, all positive, all negative and all Inconclusive results must be entered in the reporting form available online.
How many staff can go to pick up and train for the screening kits?
Due to safety protocols and our training area, we are limiting in-person visits to the facility. Send ONLY one person to pick up kits or masks.
Can I just drop in and pick up kits and masks for refills of my order?
While we will make it much faster for you as we will have you in and out to pick up, we MUST insist on awaiting a confirmed pick-up time. It is important to keep the number of people down to reduce the opportunity of close contact. Please wait until you receive your time/day confirmation from our staff.
What is the next step if an employee has a positive or inconclusive result?
Anyone screening presumptive positive or inconclusive MUST immediately self-isolate and contact Local Public Health for a PCR Test within 24 hours and cannot be permitted in the workplace until there is a confirmed (by Public Health) negative test result. It is REQUIRED that Public Health be notified of any positive results immediately.
According to the Ministry of Health as of now, you are required to report all presumptive positives, and Inconclusive to the Local Public Health authority.
Your employee is required to follow all of the Local Public Health authority’s direction and MUST arrange for a PCR test within 24 hours of their presumptive positive or inconclusive result.
We will be reporting from our Rapid Screening Kit website to the Ministry of Health and Health Canada for data collection.
Can I show my supervisors how to do the screens, have them watch the video in order to have them supervise the screens?
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, contained in that email is a link to report results as well as a link to the training video to use as a refresher and/or train other supervisors.
What is the frequency we should be screening our employees?
The recommendation from public health is that all employees should be screened twice per week.
It is understood in some settings or with a higher frequency of close contact that some businesses will want to screen more than twice per week.
Conversely, some may want to test less frequently or may have a variety of schedules that employees are in the workplace. It is really up to you, but please, put the safety of your employees first, and that will ensure you have a safe workplace
Do these kits have an expiry date?
Yes, they do. However, it appears that our supply has expiry dates in 2023. We will advise if we are getting close to the expiry dates.
Using the kits after they expire cannot be assumed to have the accuracy they do prior to expiry. Caution should be taken to review the box and ensure they are not expired.
Do I only give screens for employees showing symptoms?
No. In fact, it should be recognized that anyone showing 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.
It is allergy season and people are experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19, should we avoid screening people that may be experiencing allergy symptoms, or should we screen them regardless?
Again, anyone showing symptoms that are similar to COVID-19, could in fact be infectious and should not be screened and diverted directly to public health for a PCR assessment.
While we recognize some symptoms can resemble allergies, the risk to the workplace may not be worth ignoring.
I am a consultant on workplace safety, can I order on behalf of my clients and screen their employees?
No. These 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 on behalf of the employer the results of the screens. There are avenues available for third-party vendors to purchase their own kits and outside of this program to provide screening services, this program is intended to remain complimentary and direct to employer only.
Can I purchase extra kits so I can screen those I want to, if so, how much do they cost?
No. These are not for sale, we are not authorized to charge anyone for these kits. Conversely, the document you signed also requires that you not sell or distribute these as well.
The box of 25 kits is approximately $200 based on retail information we know of. They are expensive, and this is all funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada.
Do I have to be a member of the NOTL Chamber of Commerce to order the kits?
No, this program is open to all small and medium-sized employers within NOTL. Employers with over 150 employees can order through the Ontario government’s portal.
I am a volunteer/employee for an organization we have a number of volunteers that would like to meet regularly in person. Can these kits be used for that purpose?
No. These kits are not to be used to validate or substantiate not following public health guidelines. They are not intended to be used to verify negative carriers so guidance rules by the Province or local public health can be waived. Any person who screens presumptive negative MUST continue to follow public health guidelines of distancing, washing their hands, wearing a mask properly and adhering to public health gathering orders.
Some of our Employees are required to travel for business, can this screen validate them for travel?
No. While this screen has extremely good reliability, this is not a tool for travel or usurping any Federal, Provincial or International guidelines.
I noticed there are two packages marked Control Swabs, what do we use them for?
Contained in each kit are two Control Swabs. One will produce a negative result, the other will produce a positive result. These are ONLY to be used for quality control purposes. If you are finding that the results are not showing up on the testing pads, 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 EXCEPT DO NOT SWAB ANYONE WITH THESE CONTROL SWABS, they have ingredients on them already to produce the results.
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 it is a pre-loaded swab and should not be used for anything other than quality control.
What if my business is based outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake?
Other Niagara Chambers are also offering the Rapid Antigen Test Kits: