COVID19 Surface Test Kits
Surface swab sampling of touch points can provide reassurance, protect business continuity and identify the presence of asymptomatic staff. Workplaces are prime sites for the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Shared spaces with high levels of interaction and communal surfaces have increased amounts of microbial activity which easily spread from person to person.
Surface touch points in your workplace have the highest concentration of microbes. They act as vectors for the spread of viruses. Typical communal touch point areas include refrigerators, drawer handles, entrance/exit doors and kettle/coffee machines etc.
Our COVID19 touch point surface testing kits provide a cost-effective and convienent solution to monitor your workplace.
WHATS INCLUDED IN THE KIT?
Kits include all the neccessary swab sampling material, illustrative step by step instructions (download here) and pre-paid PCR laboratory analysis.
HOW DOES THE TESTING WORK?
The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing methodolody used to identify the presence of the SARS-Cov2 virus follows the guidance issued by Public Health England (PHE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result is specific as it identifies the presence of the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) unique to the virus.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE RESULTS?
We aim to process samples and issue results the same day received at our laboratory.
WHATS THE COST?
Each surface test costs £67 + VAT which includes the swab sampling material & subsequent laboratory analysis. We sell two sizes of kits a 3x (£201) and 10x (£670). Postage and packaging of £3.95 is charged on all orders.
The swab kits have a long shelf life (1 year+) and therefore can be ordered in large batches, they can be stored at room temperature.
Yes, you can use a single swab to sample a number of areas, for example in a kitchen you could swab the door push bar, kettle and fridge door. As a rule of thumb you need to swab a minimum area of 25cm2 and stop swabbing when the bud of the swab becomes dry.
Each swab kit contains detailed illustractive instructions that can be easily followed.
Surface testing can be used for a number of reasons within your workplace and the sampling strategies will vary depending on your overall objectives:
Ongoing Reassurance & Business Continuity Protection requires implementing a regular sampling and testing regime of the high touch point surfaces within your business premises. Random sampling should be carried out on a weekly basis or more frequently to quickly identify the presence of the virus.
Post Deep Clean Validation sampling of appropriate surfaces should be carried out as a one of exercise to confirm the effectiveness of your cleaning methods. This testing strategy is particular useful following the identification of a positive case within the workplace.
Identification of Asymptomatic Workers within the workforce can be achieved by implementing a regular testing regime of the high touch, which should then be sampled and tested twice a week.
Yes, sampled swabs can be returned to us in the normal postal system. The contents of the swabs are harmless at the completion of the sampling stage due to our unique one step DNA/RNA extract buffer. After swabbing the surface to be sampled the tip of the swab is submerged in the extract buffer rendering the virus harmless and stabilising the RNA for up to 72hrs at room temperature.
We advise that all swabs to be tested are returned to us on the same day of sampling using a courier or by royalmail registered post.
The RT-PCR (polymerasse chain reaction) technology that we use to identify the presence of the virus in swab samples is the gold standard in SARS-CoV-2 detection.
Our swabbing procedure has been independantly validated and has been proven to detect the presence of the virus with 95% repeatability at levels as low as 290 viral copies/swab.
The testing technique is very specific and will only return a positive result if the RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is present on the swab.
We use positive and negative controls during each batch of tests to ensure no false positives are returned. Furthermore, our reagants contain UNG which prevents carryover and amplicon contamination.
A positive result obtained from a swabbed surface confirms the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It also confirms that any cleaning disinfectants used on the surface have not been effective at denaturing the virus and therefore viral RNA is still intact.
TEST KIT ORDER FORM - BUY NOW
To order your test kit (s) please complete the order form below and make the required payment, we will then dispatch your kit (s) by registered post.