COVID-19 rapid testing and screening in workplaces: Information for employees

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Why rapid testing is being implemented in your workplace

Your employer has implemented a regular workplace screening initiative to protect you, your family, other workers and customers.

Screening employees can help to quickly identify and isolate those who have COVID-19, including those who don't have any symptoms. Early identification helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace and in your community.

Rapid tests detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19. They're fast and easy to use. Results are provided within 15 minutes.

There are no serious side effects from this type of test. You may feel some discomfort when the test is being administered.

Health Canada recommends following the manufacturer's instructions for use. We have determined that rapid tests and related components are safe and effective when used as intended.

Rapid antigen test kits are safe, effective and beneficial for self-testing. However, they may be hazardous if swallowed in larger amounts or spilled on the skin, particularly to children and pets. Find out how to handle the solution in test kits safely.

What to expect after testing

If your test result from a COVID-19 rapid test is positive , contact your local public health authority to determine whether laboratory confirmatory testing is available. Immediately isolate yourself away from others, including those in your household, and follow the advice of your public health authority on isolation requirements. If you have symptoms that are getting worse, contact your health care provider.

If you receive a negative test result, you should continue to use all preventive measures, such as hand washing and physical distancing as well as continue to get tested regularly.

If you've been vaccinated, you should still take part in your workplace screening initiative. The vaccines are safe and effective, but they don't provide complete protection against COVID-19.

Continue to practise and follow the public health measures and alerts in your community that we know are effective, including keeping up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.

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