OSHA Mandated Employer Testing Program

On September 9, President Biden announced several initiatives regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements for U.S. employers. The President announced that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workforce is fully vaccinated or to require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result at least weekly before coming to work.

The idea to Vaccinate has become more than a personal decision in today’s workplace.  Now, employers have the additional burden of tracking not only the vaccination status of its employees, but ongoing testing for those who choose not to.  Worse yet, employers are faced with choosing between a much less reliable but cheaper “rapid” test solution, or stay with the “Gold Standard” PCR testing that provides the highest accuracy but includes a 24hr or more turnaround time by most providers.

The COVID Consortium through its High Complexity CLIA/CAP/COLA accredited laboratory Alpha Genomix, has provided high throughput, EUA approved RT-PCR Covid-19 testing since the early days of the pandemic, with result turn around time averaging under 8hrs.  Now, in response to the President’s and OSHA’s mandate, we are introducing Flex-Test, a subscription model RT-PCR testing platform designed to eliminate employers from sacrificing accuracy for cost as our model brings testing as low as $29.00 per test for RT-PCR.  With industry leading turn around time in under 8 hours, Flex-Test allows employers to maintain compliance, in a cost-effective manner equal to any rapid testing solution in the market.  Here’s how it works:
  1. We determine the number of employees and frequency of testing per week.

  2. We ship testing kits including return labels to either you the employer or directly to your employees. All kits are pre-labeled and bar coded, so there is no form or label to fill out.

  3. We create access for results in our HIPAA compliant portal for your employees and your designated company rep.

  4. Your employees take our saliva-based test, seal and return with the return packaging for each day testing is required.

  5. We receive the specimen at the lab, process and result in under 12 hours.*

  6. Once processed, the results are ready in the portal and our system notifies you and your employee.

  7. We save all test results by location and employee to insure OSHA compliance.

Our subscription model is month to month which means no long term contracts with guaranteed testing coverage for as long as your company subscribes. 

What Makes Flex-Test Stand Apart?

Rapid

  • Designed for Point of Care testing for symptomatic patients
  • Results provided in less than 30 minutes in most cases
  • In Most cases less expensive than RT-PCR tests
  • Easy to administer
  • Convenient size for shipping and distribution
  • Most are CLIA “Waived” tests, meaning no laboratory staff, equipment or certification is required
  • Higher level of inaccurate results
  • Less Accurate than RT-PCR (Potential for both false positives and false negatives)
  • Less Sensitive than RT-PCR (A higher viral load is required for detection and ultimate positive)
  • Limited production and supply to support a surveillance model of testing
  • Suggests a RT-PCR validation for positives and those patients negative but exhibiting symptoms

Flex-Test RT PCR from The COVID Consortium

  • Our custom Thermo Fisher Assay is the Gold Standard for PCR testing
  • Highest level of Accuracy
  • Highest level of Sensitivity
  • Industries Best TAT (turn around time) of less than 8 Hours
  • Subscription Model with pricing as low as $29.00 per test
  • Fastest TAT (turn around time) in the Clinical Laboratory Industry
  • Employers can get same day turn around (Additional shipping and logistics cost apply)
  • We track results and OSHA compliance
  • Month to Month subscription with guaranteed testing for our subscription clients

Real Time PCR

  • Diagnostic testing designed to detect small levels of infection in patients
  • Held as the Gold Standard for testing
  • Highest level of Accuracy
  • Highest level of Sensitivity
  • Must have specific certification to process as a CLIA certified laboratory
  • Staff must be certified to operate the highly complex laboratory equipment necessary
  • Most providers provide results in 24 to 48 hours
  • Previously far more expensive than rapid tests
  • Extremely low % of inaccurate results