During these challenging times, Mend has responded to the needs of our clients and changing environment to keep your workplace safe with the introduction of Rapid Antigen Testing.
In Australia and globally, more and more companies are choosing Rapid Antigen testing to protect their workforce.
What is Rapid Antigen Testing
Rapid Antigen testing is a screening tool for early detection of infectious individuals without any symptoms of Covid-19, but who may be spreading the virus.
How the testing works
Rapid antigen testing involves inserting a nasal swab into one nostril (2-3cm) which is then placed into a chemical solution. The results are available within 15 to 20 minutes.
Our Rapid Antigen testing kits meet the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) requirements and our organization meet all requirements to purchase the testing kits. Our testing kits are 94.7% sensitivity and 100% specificity.
Who can perform a rapid antigen test?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) conditions of supply require rapid antigen tests to be used under the supervision of a health practitioner who has been trained in the correct use of the device and interpretation of results.
Our team of Occupational Therapist are fully certified and trained by a registered RTO for drug and alcohol testing. Our testers have been trained to perform the testing and we have multiple testers available at locations throughout NSW ensuring continuous service delivery.
Our trained testers ensure the integrity of the specimens and the test results are not compromised. Our testers are neutral parties and therefore have no biases and do not risk the appearance of impropriety, ensuring the results are accurate and unbiased.
Testing before starting work
It is recommended that employees ideally be tested before they start work, to ensure that any positive cases do not impact the entire worksite.
Employers will be required to determine the best method of testing employees and to ensure that any process is in line of their COVID-Safe work plans in place.
Testing is conducted while social distancing and wearing masks is maintained.
All negative results will be requested to proceed to commence the work shift. In the event of a positive result, the worker must immediately leave the premises, proceed to a NSW Health Covid Testing clinic for a PCR test.
All positive results are communicated to Public Health (0407 930 113) who will facilitate local priority COVID-19 testing. During this time, all positive cases must remain in self-isolation until results are confirmed.
In the event a test is refused by the worker, it is recommended the person not enter the work site and should therefore be referred to the program contact.
For all other information in relation to Rapid Antigen Testing at your workplace, contact Mend Services.