12 June 2020 | Environmental, health & safety, Environmental testing | E-news, Technical
ALS Canada now provides a routine analysis service to test critical environmental surfaces for the presence and persistence of SARSCoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Test results are intended to help monitor and strengthen the effectiveness of disinfection and sanitation measures, particularly after outbreaks or positive tests in a business, care home, or public facility.
Proactive testing of critical sanitized or decontaminated surfaces gives confidence to workers and stakeholders that your facility is safe.
Laboratory Detection Method
Typical surfaces targeted for testing include:
• door handles and handrails
• light switches
• restroom areas
• time clocks
• tables and desks
Please note that this test is intended and validated only for use on environmental swab samples, and is not suitable for the testing of humans or animals.
A positive result indicates the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material. If the targeted genetic material was not present in the sample, the PCR process would not have made any copies and the test will be negative.
Sampling and Shipping Instructions
According to WHO guidelines, the maximum sample hold time is 72 hours prior to analysis, so sample shipments must be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible. Sample coolers should be packed using the ice packs provided; storage at ≤ 8°C is recommended.
Please contact ALS Winnipeg or any ALS Canada main location for additional guidance, and to arrange for provision of sample test kits.