Rapid Antigen Screening Kits

Workplace Rapid Screening Kits for Businesses in Brantford-Brant County with less than 150 employees

How to order your kits

  1. Please choose an available time/date on the booking calendar on the right. Please do not visit the pickup site until your scheduled pickup time.

  2. You will be able to assign a Screening Supervisor Designate, who can be the contact person for your business, but please ensure you forward all email correspondence to them.

  3. If you have multiple businesses, please choose a time/date for EACH business as we need to track individual businesses.

What you need to know before you arrive.

  1. Check-in at registration and provide the completed PASP (Provincial Antigen Screening Program) form. Please bring a printed copy of the completed form with you.

  2. You will be required to watch a 5-minute training video during your initial pick-up. Please stay in your vehicle and do not come into the office.

  3. While you are watching the video, a Chamber Staff Member will bring out your test kits. As suggested by the Ministry of Health, we will supply you with enough kits so that you are able to screen employees twice a week for two weeks.

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.

Results are shared with Health Canada and the Ministry of Health Ontario.

PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS HERE

Please choose the Date & Time below and then complete the form for your Rapid Test Kits.

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT drop into the office OR call us to set up the appointment.  Any questions you may have, please contact chamberstudent@brcc.ca with your name, questions and your phone number and we will get back to you. We are not equipped to answer the phones or have people come into the office during this lockdown.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Anyone who receives a positive test result through the Workplace Self Screening Kit must 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 Regarding the Rapid Screening Tests

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, but when they comply that is consent, to collect and report the data.

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.

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 but failing that the Chamber has a disposal bin for you to bring your waste when refilling your order.

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.

In order to participate, you MUST 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 at www.brantfordbrantchamber.com.

Due to safety protocols and our training area, we are limiting in-person visits to our facility. Send ONLY ONE PERSON to pick up kits!

While it might seem to make it faster for you to drop in to pick up, or on nice days a curbside option, we MUST insist on waiting for a confirmed pick-up time.

It is important to keep the numbers of people down to reduce the opportunity for close contact as well as ensuring all of the proper requirements to process your kits.  Please wait until you receive your time/day confirmation from the Chamber of  Commerce Brantford-Brant.

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. The Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant will be reporting from our Workplace Screening Results website to the Ministry of Health and Health Canada for data collection.

The Ontario Government authorizes “self” screening using these kits. However, there is a requirement that a Screening Supervisor who has been trained via the video you watched at your initial pick up and was sent after your initial order by email.

No one other than the selected Screening Supervisor employee that your business has chosen should perform the swabbing procedure on any employee, the Screening Supervisor is there to instruct 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, 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.

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. Please advise us at Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant. we would like to help but this will affect our required supply needs at the Chamber, and we need a bit of notice to alert our supplier.

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.

Yes, they do, however it appears that all of our current supply has an expiry date in 2022. 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.

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 like 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 is not worth ignoring.

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 employers only.

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.

No, these kits are not to be used to validate or substantiate an absence in 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.

NO. While this screen has extremely good reliability, this is not a tool for travel or usurping any Federal, Provincial or International guidelines.

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.

The Workplace Self Screening Kits program operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am t0 2:00 pm

All kits can be picked up at 77 Charlotte Street, Brantford. You will be able to drive up to the front of our office, call us and we’ll bring out the video training for you to watch while we bring out your kits.