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Rapid Antigen Screening Program at NTN Canada


13 May 2021 - Toronto - Corporate - News

Rapid Antigen Testing

In an effort to provide additional reasonable measures to protect NTN employees against the COVID-19 virus, NTN Canada will be introducing a Rapid Antigen Screening Program. The program is scheduled to commence on Tuesday June 8th, 2021 on day shift at both NTN Bearing Manufacturing Canada and NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada Ltd.

It is important to note that Antigen Testing does not replace current provincial testing requirements for individuals who are symptomatic or who may have come in contact with a positive case. NTN employees with COVID-19 symptoms are still required to isolate and schedule a test as required by Public Health. Rapid testing will be conducted on NTN employees who are symptom free to provide peace of mind.

To date, NTN Canada has been working hard to protect the health and safety of its employees with the implementation of the following precautions:

  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Program
  • Additional PPE (Masks & Face Shields)
  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces
  • Ensuring physical distancing of employees with reminders, floor signs, staggered shift start times and break times, additional protective barriers in office spaces, temperature screening
  • Air Purifiers in meeting rooms and break rooms


What is Antigen Screening?

Antigen screening:

  • Is used for screening purposes only. It is NOT used for diagnosis of a positive COVID-19 infection.
  • Is completed by performing a nasal swab to collect a sample for analysis. The swab results are ready within 15-20 minutes.
  • Detects certain proteins in the Corona Virus to confirm if the virus is present.
  • Does not replace public health measures such as screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.

Although the Rapid Antigen Testing is voluntary, NTN Canada is encouraging its employees to participate. The screening will be conducted twice per week (Tuesday & Friday) as recommended by medical experts. Participation by NTN employees in regular screening will aid in:

  • Identifying those who have COVID-19 but who are not yet showing symptoms (asymptomatic). This may enable early detection of positive cases more quickly and break chains of transmission.
  • Identifying potential positive cases of COVID-19 and ensuring that those who are ill isolate.
  • Reducing the spread of COVID-19 within NTN facilities, thereby protecting all employees on site.

NTN Canada appreciates the continued commitment of its employees to COVID-19 safety procedures as we remain steadfast in our effort to deliver an elevated customer experience.



About NTN

Founded in 1918, NTN is one of the world's largest producers of premium quality ball and roller bearings, long recognized for the most stringent quality standards in the industry. With plants around the globe and a strong domestic manufacturing network, over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the ten plants the company operates in Canada and the USA. NTN is also a leading provider of bearing services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. NTN's company vision is "to transform into Canada’s leader of the Ultimate Bearing Experience."

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