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BCA Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Construction Sector

Updated on 23 August 2021

Mandatory ART Regime for the Construction Sector

bca art 1

Since May 2021, BCA introduced the piloting of Antigen Rapid Tests (ART) at construction worksites to screen personnel who are not residing in dormitories (i.e. those residing in HDB and private residential properties). The ART is conducted under the supervision of trained ART supervisors.

Mandatory ART in 2 Stages:

Given the current COVID-19 situation, and to help the sector better prepare for when ART testing could be integrated into work processes for business, BCA will be mandating ART for the following personnel who are not residing in dormitories*:

  • All personnel (workers/visitors) entering construction worksites, and;
  • All other construction account workers (CAWs) currently on RRT, working on non-construction worksite premises

*ART will be progressively introduced for workers residing in dormitories (details will be shared by MOM when ready)

To ensure that works can continue with minimal disruptions, mandatory ART will be implemented in two stages:

ART Mandate 1 ART mandate stages

1Refers to construction projects and Construction Supply Works which had obtained BCA’s approval to resume works in Application to Restart Construction Works and Supply Works.

Construction projects refer to those requiring Building Plan (BP) / Structural Plan (ST) or Temporary Building Permit (TBP) submission(s) to BCA and which the project had not obtained TOP(Full) or CSC(Full) status or Permit To Use (PTU)).

Supply work premises refer to:
(a)    Conventional precast concrete yard
(b)    Integrated construction and prefabrication hub (ICPH)
(c)     Prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC) fit-out factory
(d)    Prefabricated bathroom unit (PBU) fit-out factory
(e)    Prefabricated mechanical, electrical and plumbing factory
(f)     Ready-mixed concrete (RMC) plant
(g)    Sand and aggregate terminal


ART Requirements and Frequency Table

ART frequency table

1 For workers/visitors who are currently on 7-Day RRT cycle, ART would be on Day 3.
2 For recovered personnel - at least 2 weeks after single dose of vaccination

Personnel exempted from RRT are not required to be on ART. This includes recovered personnel (within 270 days from their date of symptoms onset or detection of infection), and personnel working in company corporate office premises and not entering the worksites.

An ART scheduling feature is available in SGWorkPass, FWMOMCare and Safe@Work for Migrant Workers to remind them on the dates for their next ART test. This feature will not affect their AccessCode status until further notice.

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