POCT testing (also known as instant or express) is done by the donor giving us their urine or saliva sample on-site with results being produced within minutes. This testing is used for narcotics.
Lab-based testing is done by the donor giving us their urine or saliva sample on-site, then we package the sample in tamper-evident packaging and ship it to the designated testing facility using Purolator. This testing is used for narcotics and can include alcohol (eTg).
BAT testing is done on-site using a breath alcohol device that gives an immediate percentage (%) result.
After providing us with the required sample(s), it will be shipped using Purolator, in tamper-evident packaging, to the designated lab. Results will be provided to the client by their requisitioning agency.
**All of our testing is collected and/or performed by Certified Specimen Collectors (CSCs) with confidentiality being our number one priority.**
Qualitative testing uses a solution or smoke and relies entirely on the participant's ability to taste the testing agent; a sensitivity test is performed to see if the participant has a strong or weak sense of taste towards the solution/smoke. Once we know the sensitivity, the participant is fitted with a respirator or N95 mask and a seal check is completed. Then, with mask on, the participant dons a hood into which we spray the testing solution. While the aerosolized solution is in the hood, we will guide the participant through a series of minor exercises designed to test the respirator seal (head movement, talking, breathing, etc). If the participant does not detect any of the solution leaking through the respirator/N95 mask we can be confident that we have a good seal and the correct size of respirator.
At UMS, we use either the Bitrex (bitter taste) or saccharin (sweet taste) solutions. If you cannot taste, *or have sensitivities/allergies to*, Bitrex or saccharin, you will need a quantitative test to ensure the respirator is the correct size.
Quantitative testing objectively measures the amount of leakage (quantity) of particulate or vapours in the mask.
This method is a more precise test that uses a machine instead of your sense of smell and/or taste to determine whether or not you have the proper mask size.
At UMS, we use the AccuFIT9000™ and can test 3M, North, and Miller brand respirators.
All of our audiometric testing is performed by a qualified Audiometric Technician using a calibrated audiometer and a soundproof booth that is sterilized between every client.
While in the booth: you will receive sterilized headphones and a hand-switch, which you will use to let the technician know when you can hear the beep that is transmitted at differing frequencies in each ear.
When testing is complete, you will be given a results card of your hearing test and a full explanation of what the results mean for you and your hearing. *Please keep this card to present to the Audiometric Technician for comparison at your next test.*
After testing: you will also receive information on which hearing protection would be best suited to your work environment/situation as well as training on the proper use and, in some cases, the proper cleaning of your hearing protection.
Things to know before arriving for your test: