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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Your Leadership Counts

Success in getting workers signed up to participate in workplace screening programs has been greatly influenced by visible and vocal leadership. Key players at the top of the organization, CEOs, COOs, and CFOs, as well as leaders and managers at all levels should communicate the benefits of screening to their employees through a multitude of means, ...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Communicating Negative Test Results

Once the Results Manager has received the screen results and recorded the information they should immediately inform the employee of the results. If Using the CDL RSC App Results Manager inputs the screen type and screen result into the CDL RSC App and then chooses ‘Proceed To Checkout’. Upon submission of the result, an automatic notification is ge...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Infected vs Infectiousness

Early detection of infectiousness is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and reopening the economy. The aspect of COVID-19 that has shut down a significant fraction of the economy is not [simply] a health problem, it’s an information problem. Early detection can break the chain of transmission and make workplaces safer. Nationwide implementation ...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Origin Story The World Health Organization in Geneva declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. It was immediately clear that COVID-19 represented a novel crisis. Novel crises require novel responses. Novel responses require innovation, often predicated on insights from science. CDL’s mission is to accelerate the commercialization of science for th...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

New Brunswick Guidance

COVID-19 testing outside of accredited medical laboratories with licensed staff - The New Brunswick Department of Health strongly discourages the practice of employers offering COVID-19 testing to employees through unaccredited, non-medical laboratory facilities.  Reporting Requirements Once a pilot participant has screened positive, the Results Man...

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Updated June 4th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Signing Up Your Workforce

Workplace Rapid Screening Program User Journey Invitation to Participate Schedule When inviting employees to participate in the the program the following should be taken into consideration: Initial communications - This can be done through email or a virtual meeting. If through a virtual meeting, a follow up email should be sent to potential partici...

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Updated June 4th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Public Resources

The CDL Rapid Screening Consortium is a private-led, not-for-profit initiative formed in August 2020 with the goal of establishing a robust rapid screening system and operational implementation strategy to be delivered as a public good to Canada and then the world. The Consortium is led by Creative Destruction Lab. CDL RSC has developed a detailed o...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Data Privacy and Consent

Consent Form All participants must consent to participation in the screening program and to the sharing of their data with the CDL RSC (as described in sections above). Organizations can choose to either adopt the CDL RSC Consent Form (link here), or add the required consent language to their own internal consent form. Changes to the Consent Form mu...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Quebec Guidance

Overview Although PCR tests remain the most accurate and reliable form of test to detect SARS-COV-2, rapid antigen tests can be used for individuals suspected of having COVID-19 during the first week following the start of symptoms. The use of such tests on asymptomatic individuals is not currently validated. As such, hygiene measures such as physic...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Waiting for Results

Once an employee has completed the sample collection procedure they will be asked to leave the testing station. The organization should decide if they want participants to wait in a designated Results Waiting Area or if the employee should return back to work to be notified of the results through email or phone. The protocol followed for waiting for...

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Updated April 29th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Project Kickoff

Screening Site Locations and Business Units For Pilot Phase of the CDL RSC project, most organizations do not include all of their employees and will need to determine which location(s) and business units to include. The following should be taken into consideration when determining the location and business units: Existing medical office location(s)...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Ordering and Managing Screens

Inventory Control Inventory Control is to be performed by the lead Trained Personnel. Frequency Beginning of the day - inventory needed for the day End of each day - inventory remaining onsite Weekly - inventory needed to be ordered Process Each morning check that all inventory needed for the day is available. At the end of the day update the Invent...

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Updated May 28th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Preparation to Administer Screens

Daily Checklist  Pre Screen Setup Checklist This takes approximately 15-30 minutes. If applicable retrieve key for locked storage cabinets or room from security office/desk.  Turn on tablet/computer and check email, the list of appointments for the day, or make sure the spreadsheet is up to date if your process is manual. Review for any last minute ...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Scheduling Screening Appointments

The key metric is to increase the number of people regularly screened at a pilot site; this level of traceability and screening throughout will help reduce the spread of COVID and keep workplaces safe and employees healthy. Public Health recommendation for screening frequency is every 72 hours and it is important to keep to this schedule as much as ...

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Updated April 26th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Frequently Asked Questions

The intent of the FAQ is for organizations to edit as required to suit their organization and share with their employees to help answer questions that their employees might have regarding the rapid screening program. What screening test is being used on me?  We will be using the (screen name and manufacturer). It has been reviewed and authorized for...

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Updated May 28th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Screening Station Layout and Setup

Note: Information below is based on recommendations for minimum requirements for screening stations. Additional space and considerations may be needed based on individual organizational requirements. For self-administration, smaller booths could be used instead of larger Screening Stations. Layout Drawing See here for an example for a Screening Cent...

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Updated March 23rd, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Rapid Antigen Screening

The Challenge COVID-19 is an unprecedented health crisis. We need to dedicate our energies to making sure people are protected from disease. From an economic perspective, it is an information problem . Work and social life is not safe because we do not know who is infectious. This causes us to treat everyone as infectious by social distancing, weari...

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Updated March 19th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Alberta Guidance

Overview The Guidance for Industry-Initiated COVID-19 Testing is intended for COVID-19 testing requested and paid for by a private enterprise for their employees, contractors, or clients. All industry-initiated COVID-19 testing must follow the process and procedures outlined in this document and the Industry-initiated COVID-19 Testing and Reporting ...

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Updated May 28th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Sample Collection, Processing, and Analysis

COVID-19 testing, including antigen testing, must be performed using testing devices that have been authorized by Health Canada and testing should be conducted in compliance with provincial testing guidelines and applicable law.  For example, all point-of-care tests for COVID-19 must be performed in accordance with the applicable legislation governi...

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Updated April 30th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Disclaimer

This Playbook is intended for organizations conducting rapid antigen, point-of-care screening (herein referred to as rapid antigen screening) in Canada. This guidance provides basic information only. It does not take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice. Rapid antigen testing is used for screening purposes only and shou...

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Updated March 11th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Ontario Guidance

Antigen Screening Guidance - This document is intended for individuals or organizations conducting rapid antigen screening in Ontario. This guidance provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice. Provincial Testing Guidance - This document sets out general guidance resp...

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Updated May 28th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Waste Management

The Facilities Manager or Project Controller is responsible for ensuring that waste removal protocols are in place for the pilot. Hazardous Waste, Garage and Recycling services all need to be planned for as part of the Screening Centre.  Biohazardous Waste Due to the collection of samples from participants proper biohazardous waste processes need to...

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Updated April 26th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Communicating Positive Results

Once the Results Manager has received the screen results and recorded the information, they should immediately inform the employee of the results. This is especially important for positive results.  1. Retrieve employee contact information from the program central database. Initially contact the participant through a phone call and then follow up wi...

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Updated May 13th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Assembling a Site Implementation Team

The organizational chart and role descriptions provided below are dependent on the rapid screening model being implemented, and the technology used for data collection and results communication as well as the number of locations and participants in the pilot. Small organizations may have one person for multiple roles and responsibilities and large o...

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Updated June 4th, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Design Basis and Bill of Materials

Bill of Materials Listed below is a comprehensive list of materials that are needed (or recommended) to set-up a rapid COVID-19 screening station.    Section Item Description Quantity 1 Set Up Table Minimum 2’x4’ sturdy without casters or lockable casters 2 per Screening Centre 2 Set Up Chair Task or training room type chair 2 per Screening Centre 3...

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Updated March 1st, 2021 by CDL Rapid Screening Consortium

Explainers and Scientific Studies

COVID-19 testing: One size does not fit all   (Science) To combat COVID-19, the “one-size-fits-all” approach that has dominated and confused decision-making with regard to testing and the evaluation of tests is unsuitable: Diagnostics, screening, and surveillance serve different purposes, demand distinct strategies, and require separate approval mec...

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Disclaimer

This Playbook is intended for organizations conducting rapid antigen, point-of-care screening (herein referred to as rapid antigen screening) in Canada. This guidance provides basic information only. It does not take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice.

Rapid antigen testing is used for screening purposes only and should NOT be used for diagnosis of COVID-19 infection or any other illness. Rapid antigen testing or screening does not prevent someone from getting COVID-19.

Rapid antigen screening can be thought of as a screening tool and does not replace public health measures such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. It also does not replace requirements to protect the health and safety of workers.

Any positive results from rapid antigen screening must be confirmed with laboratory-based testing.

Anyone who falls within the current Provincial testing guidance should continue to seek testing at available participating pharmacies, participating licensed community labs, and assessment centres.

In the event of any conflict between this guidance Playbook and any applicable legislation or orders or directives issued by Federal or Provincial health authorities, the legislation, order or directive prevails.

The material in this Playbook is provided on an ‘as is’ and “as available” basis, without any conditions, warranties or guarantees of any kind, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise. CDL Rapid Screening Consortium (CDL RSC) does not give any condition, warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of information which is contained in this Playbook and excludes all representations, warranties, conditions and other terms (including, without limitation, to the extent permitted by law, any conditions of non-infringement, satisfactory quality, fitness for a specific or general purpose and the use of reasonable care and skill). CDL RSC does not accept any liability for any error or omission in this Playbook or for any resulting loss or damage suffered by the recipient or any other person. Reliance on any information contained in this Playbook or provided by CDL RSC, its members and their respective employees is solely at your own risk.

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