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BCA Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Construction Sector

Updated on 25 November 2021


The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) will implement Fast and Easy Tests (FETs) regime using the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) from 15 Oct 2021:

  • Vaccinated workers who are currently on the 14-Day Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime will undergo supervised ART once a week, in lieu of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Unvaccinated workers will be tested twice a week using ART swabs.
  • Workers can conduct these supervised ART swabs in their dormitories, place of residence, or place of work.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) have reviewed the testing regime for workers. With effect from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers*, who are beyond 270 days from their date of infection, will be exempted from the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT). Recovered (vaccinated or unvaccinated) workers within 270 days of their date of COVID-19 infection are already exempted from RRT currently and will continue to be exempted.

*A recovered worker is someone who has been infected with COVID-19 previously, which means he has tested PCR positive previously or tested Serology (Anti-N) positive.

The revised testing regime takes into consideration that fully vaccinated recovered persons have better protection against the COVID-19 virus and are at lower risk of symptomatic or severe disease if infected.


Transition to FET-RRT policy

The transition from the PCR-RRT to FET-RRT regimes will enable quick and effective detection of COVID-19 infections and provide greater convenience for employers and workers. The updated testing regimes for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers are summarised in Table 1 below. Table 2 below summarises the testing regime for workers from 1 Dec 21 onwards.

Table 1: Testing Regimes for Workers

Worker groups

From 15 Oct 2021
FET-RRT

Who does it apply to?

Personnel on Mandatory RRT:

  • All Construction Account Workers (CAWs) i.e. Construction Work Permit and S-Pass holders
  • All personnel (workers/visitors) entering construction worksites/supply works premises
  • Individuals residing in Migrant Worker dormitories (tests arranged by MOM)
Vaccinated workers
Supervised ART every 7 days
Unvaccinated workers
Supervised ART twice a week (every 3 days)
The last PCR test will be on 14 Oct 2021. There is no need for your employee or worker to attend PCR test scheduled after 14 Oct 2021 and they should switch to the new FET-RRT regime using ART instead.

Table 2: Updated Testing Regimes for Workers from 1 Dec 2021

Worker groups

No of days from date of infection

From 1 Dec 2021
FET-RRT Requirement

Who does it apply to?

 

Personnel on Mandatory RRT:

  • All Construction Account Workers (CAWs) i.e. Construction Work Permit and S-Pass holders
  • All personnel (workers/visitors) entering construction worksites / supply works premises
  • Individuals residing in Migrant Worker dormitories (tests arranged by MOM)

Fully vaccinated recovered workers

Within 270 days

Exempted from RRT

More than 270 days

Exempted from RRT (new)

Unvaccinated recovered workers

 

Within 270 days

Exempted from RRT up till 270 days from date of infection

More than 270 days

Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 3 days

Fully vaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection

N.A.

Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 7 days

Unvaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection

N.A.

Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 3 days


Click here to refer to infographic in various languages on the revised testing regime from 1 Dec 2021.

Click here to refer to FAQs on the revised testing regime from 1 Dec 2021.

Changes to expect on related MOM mobile applications

From 1 December 2021, the workers’ vaccination and RRT exemption status will be reflected on the FWMOMCare, Safe@Work, Safe@Dorm and SGWorkPass mobile applications. If the workers are exempted from RRT, employers and  workers will no longer see any information on the RRT schedule or alerts on RRT appointments.

Changes to expect for AccessCode

  1. From 15 December 2021, the workers’ AccessCode status will be updated to include the following scenarios:
    • AccessCode status will be “red”, if the workers who are required to undergo RRT and did not attend or do the supervised self-swabs according to their RRT schedule. The workers will not be allowed to go to work, until they perform and upload the results of the required Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and have their AccessCode status turn “green”. Prior to 15 December 2021, audit checks would be conducted on workers who have not been complying with their RRT schedule.
    • AccessCode status will be “red”, if the workers test positive using the ART. The workers will not be allowed to go to work, until their AccessCode status is “green” after completing the ART positive recovery protocol. This will apply to all migrant workers, except those who are recovered workers within 270 days of their date of COVID-19 infection and are asymptomatic.
  2. As an employer, you should ensure that your workers do their RRT on time and complete their full vaccination regime as soon as possible.

If your employee did not attend ART due to hospitalisation leave, medical leave, overseas or any other reasons, please submit the reasons with supporting documents here

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