Any business in Wellington County who employs 150 people or less can access this program, to screen their employees.
Fill out the "Order Self Screening Kits" report.
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 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
When you ordered your screening kits, you agreed to terms and conditions 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 online at www.chambercheck.ca.
Due to safety protocols and capacity limits of our distribution centre, we are limiting in-person visits to the facility. Please send ONLY one person from your organization to pick up screening kits. Please arrive at the pickup time assigned to you.
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. You will receive an email from email@example.com with your time/day
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. The data reported to us through our reporting form will be sent to the Ministry of Health and Health Canada for data collection.
It is REQUIRED that the employee notify Public Health with 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 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 Chamber Check website to the Ministry of Health and Health Canada for
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 making your initial order, you agreed to terms and conditions 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.
This initiative, led by the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce, is in collaboration with the Mapleton, Mount Forest, Arthur and Minto Chambers of Commerce, and is supported by: