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Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Construction Sector

Updated on 20 October 2021

General FAQs on Antigen Rapid Tests (ART) for the Construction Sector

[Updated on 13 October 2021]
Why are we transiting to use ART?

ART is cheaper, faster and more convenient to administer, which make them more practical for frequent use, and very effective surveillance tests. This allow us to identify potential infections earlier and to trigger public health actions sooner to stem further spread.

ART Requirements and Regime

[Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
Who are subjected to the FET-RRT regime under the Construction Sector? Are there any exemptions?

All personnel on PCR-RRT regime will be transited to FET-RRT regime. Personnel includes:

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

  • The updated testing regimes are as follows:


    Testing Regimes for Workers

    Worker groups

    Current
    PCR-RRT

    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
    • Individuals residing in Migrant Worker dormitories (tests arranged by MOM)

    Vaccinated workers

    14-day cycle of:

    • Supervised ART on Day 7; and
    • PCR test on Day 14

    Supervised ART every 7 days

    Unvaccinated workers

    14-day cycle of:

    • Supervised ART on Days 3, 7 and 11; and
    • PCR test on Day 14

    Supervised ART every 3 days

    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.

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    Is ART mandatory for personnel who do not enter the worksite (e.g. drivers and personnel who deliver goods at entrance of the site)?

    ART will be required only if they need to enter the worksites.

    [Updated on 7 Aug 2021]
    Will my workers’ AccessCode status be affected if they miss ART test date shown on their SGWorkPass, FWMOMCare and Safe@Work?

    No. AccessCode status will not be affected if workers missed the ART test date shown on their SGWorkPass, FWMOMCare and Safe@Work.

    The new ART scheduling feature will not affect their AccessCode status until further notice.

    [Added on 13 Oct 2021]
    Why did I receive notifications about cancellation of our worker’s PCR swab appointments in the Swab Registration System? I still receive notification of rescheduled swab appointments after 15 Oct 2021 – what do I do?

    With the transition to the FET-RRT regime from 15 Oct 2021, personnel under the RRT regime do not need to attend PCR tests from 15 Oct 2021. Their PCR RRT appointment will be removed from the Swab Registration System (SRS), and they should switch to the new FET-RRT regime using ART instead.

    Please ignore notification of any rescheduled swab appointments after 15 Oct 2021.

    However, for employee(s) or worker(s) who had attended their PCR swab test till 14 Oct 2021 and are either pooled positive or require re-evaluation of their swab results, they are still required to attend their  confirmatory PCR test to ascertain if they are C+. Please continue to isolate your employees and workers to minimise close contact whilst waiting for conveyance for the confirmatory PCR test.  You can expect a call from HPB for conveyance for confirmatory PCR tests for non-dorm workers or MOM ACE on confirmatory PCR swab tests for dorm workers.


    Ordering/Collection of ART Test Kits

    [Updated on 6 Oct 2021]
    I am the main contractor of my worksite. Do I need to order ART kits for my sub-contractor workers and visitors entering the worksites on ad-hoc basis?

    From 1 October 2021, the ordering and delivery of ART kits will be done at the individual firm level instead of project site level. Main contractors will no longer need to order ART test kits for subcontractors and visitors entering their worksites. Your subcontractors would need to place their own orders for ART kits for their workers.

    [Added on 19 Oct 2021]
    I am a subcontractor, where do I order or collect ART kits for my workers?

    Subcontractors would need to obtain/ place their own orders for ART kits for their workers. Main contractors would no longer provide ART test kits for subcontractors and visitors entering their worksites. The collection details of ART kits for various worker groups are as follows:

    Collection of ART kits Worker groups Pointers to Note For Employers 

    1. Workers residing in dormitories (PBD, FCDs, CTQs, TLQs)

    Workers residing within dormitories can collect their kits from their dormitory operators

    • For those with current existing in-dormitory RRT facilities, the appointed distributor will provide the ART kits (refer to MOM’s circular Annex A for list of in-dormitory RRT facilities).
    • For workers who missed collection during the October period will need to collect the ART kits at the 3 Recreation Centres (RC) listed in MOM’s circular.

    2. Employers with SC/PRs, construction work pass holders and other work pass holders approved by BCA to enter the worksites and construction supply premises

    • 5 or more such workers/personnel who areresiding in community(e.g. private residential premises)

    Please indicate your ART kits delivery address at https://go.gov.sg/bca-artkits-request  for consolidated delivery to one address.

    ART kits will be issued for individuals who are on Rostered Routine Testing(RRT) (as listed in the HPB Swab Registration System) and has attended RRT. More details will be made available in end-Oct 2021 on kits for workers recently onboarded FET RRT.

    Additional ART kits will also be provided in the next top-up for the remaining months of end Nov/ Dec 2021 if affirmed that additional kits are required.  Your firm’s utilisation rate will be determined based on the test results uploaded in SRSv2 and FWMOMCare (capped at test frequency required for vaccinated workers on RRT regime). If you have yet to utilise the ART kits that were issued to your firm earlier, you will receive only the number of kits required for the remaining period.

    If you require more test kits, you would need to procure HSA-approved test kits from pharmacies, supermarkets or from any of the suppliers listed at https://go.gov.sg/bca-hsa-art-list.


    3. Employers on Self-Swab Model (SSM) under the construction sector
    4. Employers with SC/PRs, construction work pass holders and other work pass holders approved by BCA to enter the worksites and construction supply premises
    • 4 or less such workers/personnel who are residing in community (e.g. private residential premises)

    You should have received an email from BCA on 28 Sep 2021 with further information on collection of ART test kits from the Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) and BCA Approved Training and Testing Centres (ATTCs). The SCAL and ATTCs would have contacted you on the schedule and time slot for the collection of your test kits.

    ART kits will be issued for individuals who are on Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) (as listed in the HPB Swab Registration System) and has attended RRT. More details will be made available in end-Oct 2021 on kits for workers recently onboarded FET RRT.

    Additional ART kits will also be provided in the next top-up for the remaining months of end Nov/ Dec 2021 if affirmed that additional kits are required.  Your firm’s utilisation rate will be determined based on the test results uploaded in SRSv2 and FWMOMCare (capped at test frequency required for vaccinated workers on RRT regime). If you have yet to utilise the ART kits that were issued to your firm earlier, you will receive only the number of kits required for the remaining period.

    If you require more test kits, you would need to procure HSA-approved test kits from pharmacies, supermarkets or from any of the suppliers listed at https://go.gov.sg/bca-hsa-art-list.

    5. Employers with SC/PRs, construction work pass holders and other work pass holdersworking in Corporate HQ and not entering the worksite

    These workers/ personnel are not required to comply with FET-RRT as they are not entering the worksite nor construction supply premises. Hence, no ART kits will be issued for these workers/ personnel.
    [Updated on 6 Oct 2021]
    Who will pay for the ART kits and other related costs to implement ART?

    The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced on 27 August 2021 that the Government will continue to subsidize the cost of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT)(including ART kits required for the baseline tests) until 31 December 2021. From 1st October 2021, in line with VoRT implementation, the cost of the two additional ART tests to be taken by the unvaccinated medically eligible workers will be borne by the workers or their employers.

    [Added on 30 Sep 2021]
    I am an employer of workers who only visit construction worksites on an Ad-hoc basis. Can I tap on the ART kits for these workers from the main contractor of the site?

    From 1 October 2021, the ordering and delivery of ART kits will be done at the individual firm level instead of project site level. All firms (with 5 or more non-dorm employees on RRT regime) would need to place ART kit orders for their own non-dorm employees at https://go.gov.sg/bca-artkits-request by 30 September 2021 and indicate their preferred address for the delivery of kits. An email has been sent on 18 September 2021 to notify these firms.  For firms that have 4 or less non-dorm employees that are required to undergo ART testing, an email has similarly been sent on 28 Sep 2021, with further information on issuance of ART test kits.

    Your firm will receive a 3-month supply of ART kits (i.e. October, November and December) for every individual who has attended RRT during the period of 15 August to 14 September. If some of your workers have not attended RRT recently and did not receive ART kits in this round of distribution, additional submissions for kits can be made for these workers/ personnel after 30 September. More details will be made available in end-Oct 2021

    In the interim, you may wish to utilise your current kits or procure additional HSA approved test kits from pharmacies, supermarkets or from any of the suppliers listed at https://go.gov.sg/bca-hsa-art-list.

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    My workers only enter construction worksites on certain days. Do they follow the ART regime (Unvaccinated: once every 3 days; Vaccinated: once every 7 days) and do ART on days when they do not enter construction worksites? If so, who should supervise and upload their ART results?

    For your non-dormitory residing workers, on days where they need to enter the worksites, they should bring their issued ART kits to the worksites and the ART supervisor at the worksites should supervise and upload the results for them.

    However, on days where they do not need to enter the worksites and they are required to conduct ART, your company should appoint a trained ART supervisor to oversee their ART.  The supervisor should have attended the “ART Self-Swab Supervision for Built Environment (Non-Construction Worksite)” course by BCA Academy.


    ART Training

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    Are there any criteria for the ART supervisors?

    Assigned ART supervisors have to complete and pass the relevant course to implement and oversee ART operations, as follows:

    Profile of ART Supervisors Course Name 
     ART Supervisors working at construction worksites ART Swabbing and Supervision for Built Environment*
     ART Supervisors of non-construction worksites or premises  ART Self-Swab Supervision for Built Environment (Non-Construction Worksite)

    For more information and to register, please visit https://go.gov.sg/bcaa-art-training
    [Added on 16 Aug 2021]
    Can I deploy my ART supervisors at construction worksites as ART supervisors for Construction Account Workers (CAWs) working at non-construction worksites?

    ART supervisors who completed and passed the assessment for “ART Swabbing and Supervision for Built Environment” course can be deployed as ART supervisors for CAWs working at non-construction worksites. However, appointed ART supervisors who only completed the “ART Self-Swab Supervision for Built Environment (Non-Construction Worksite)” course cannot be deployed as ART supervisors at construction worksites.

    [Added on 23 Aug 2021]
    Can employees of sub-contractors be deployed as ART supervisors at construction worksites?

    Main contractors are responsible for entry to construction worksites. Hence it is advisable for main contractors to appoint at least one employee to attend the course to oversee the ART operations on site and gain access to the records of ART tests administered at their sites.

    Notwithstanding the above, employees of sub-contractors can be appointed to attend the course and be deployed as an ART supervisor on site, if agreed among project parties. Should this be the preferred deployment arrangement, main contractors should note the ART supervisor should be assigned by the sub contractor in the sub contractor’s Swab Registration System (SRS) and the main contractor would not be able to access the ART test records of workers/visitors entering their worksite daily via their SRS company account. They would have to request sub contractor’s ART supervisor to share these records with them separately.

    [Updated on 19 Oct 2021]
    Our company only has one appointed ART supervisor. Can he supervise his own ART and submit ART results?

    You would need to appoint another ART supervisor to cross check. The supervisor cannot self-check and upload his ART results. He/she could get another trained ART supervisor from the same worksite/ project to supervise the testing and upload the test results.


    ART Implementation

    Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at Site Entry
    (Video by Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd)
    Remotely Administer ART at Home with Virtual Supervision
    (Video by Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd)
    [Updated on 23 June 2021]
    How do I onboard the ART implementation?

    Please refer to: https://go.gov.sg/bca-art

    [Updated on 30 Sep 2021]
    Must workers/visitors residing in dormitories undergo ART before entering construction worksites and construction supply works premises?

    Yes. The mandatory ART regime will apply for workers/visitors residing in dormitories*. Please refer to MOM’s circular on 9 Sept 2021 for further details.

    * The workers residing in Purpose-Built Dormitories (PBDs), Factory-Converted Dormitories (FCD), Construction Temporary Quarters (CTQ), Temporary Occupational License Quarters (TOLQs) or Temporary Living Quarters (TLQs). 

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    Must workers/visitors entering construction worksites and supply work premises, all administer ART at worksites before entering site?

    Personnel can either administer ART at worksite or remotely administer ART at home or place of accommodation with virtual supervision done via video call before going to work regardless of project value and type of personnel. They should not visit Quick Test Centre (QTC) for testing.

    Nonetheless, all appointed ART supervisors are required to attend compulsory training (go.gov.sg/bcaa-art-training) at BCA Academy, regardless whether ART is administered on site or at home with virtual supervision.

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    Does the mandatory ART regime apply to personnel entering construction projects which have obtained Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) or nearing TOP?

    Construction projects which have obtained TOP are not categorised as worksites, and hence the ART regime does not apply to personnel entering those projects. 

    [Updated on 30 Sep 2021]
    Who should be responsible for the ART regime applicable to Construction Account Workers (CAWs) who work on non-construction worksites premises but also enter construction worksites/construction supply works premises?

    The main contractors would be conducting ART testing operations for Construction Account workers who are approved to work in construction worksites and construction supply works premises, before they enter the worksites.

    [Added on 19 Oct 2021]
    Where can my workers see the FET-RRT schedule? Can I change their ART schedule e.g. to conduct test for workers all on same day?

    For migrant workers, they will be able to view their FET-RRT schedule on the FWMOMCare mobile application and must follow the schedule when taking their ART. Your workers’ FET-RRT compliance will be based on the ART results uploaded in:

    • Swab Registration System (SRS) V2 for Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents (SCPR); and
    • FWMOMCare for work pass holders

    You should follow the ART schedule accordingly even if they are not on the same day. This will help to detect any Covid transmission early and reduce impact on your workforce, so as to prevent a situation where they all be Ag+ and need to be isolated at the same time.


    ART Test Results & Management of C+ Cases

    How to Upload ART Test Results onto SRS
    (Video by Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd)
    [Updated on 23 Aug 2021]
    How and who is responsible to upload ART results? Can we have multiple login accounts under one firm?

    The ART Supervisor (employee of main contractor or sub-contractor’s depending on site arrangements) or main contractor’s Point of Contact (POC) are responsible to upload the ART results. Please refer to www1.bca.gov.sg/COVID-19/art/uploading-art-results for information on uploading ART results.

    Firms can now register multiple SRS accounts under one UEN. The registered accounts must be of different login user email. For firms in the built environment sector applying to create SRS account or updating of company’s particulars (including adding of email login accounts), please visit https://go.gov.sg/reg-srs-acc to fill up the form. After submission, an email with the password/login details will be sent to the Login Email Address that you have indicated, within 3 working days.

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    Would an individual who enters multiple sites on the same day or consecutive days be subjected to ART at each of the sites?

    Individuals’ ART results will be  reflected in the following applications, after ART results have been successfully uploaded by ART Supervisors using SRS/FWMOMCare:-

    • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (SCs & PRs)– SMS and HealthHub
    • Migrant Workers -  FWMOMCare

    Please refer to www1.bca.gov.sg/COVID-19/art/uploading-art-results for more information.

    Individuals entering multiple sites on the same day or consecutive days are only required to do their supervised ART as scheduled (Unvaccinated : once every 3 days ; Vaccinated : once every 7 days ) and show his/her ART test date / result in the SMS or using HealthHub (for SCs & PRs) or FWMOMCare (for Migrant Workers), to verify that he is in compliance with the ART regime to enter other sites.

    [Updated on 30 Sep 2021]
    Who can I contact if I encounter IT issues with uploading of ART results in the Swab Registration System (SRS)?

    For information on uploading ART results for the construction sector, please refer to  https://www1.bca.gov.sg/COVID-19/art/uploading-art-results.

    HPB provides a user guide for employer (https://go.gov.sg/bca-mom-supervised-art-guide-admin) to upload ART results to Swab Registration System (SRS). Should you encounter IT issues on uploading ART test results onto SRS, you may contact HPB at AskSRS@hpb.gov.sg or at 6876 5830.

    For firms in the built environment sector applying to create SRS account or updating of company’s particulars (including adding of email login accounts), please visit https://go.gov.sg/reg-srs-acc to fill up the form. After submission, an email with the password/login details will be sent to the Login Email Address that you have indicated, within 3 working days.

    [Updated on 13 Oct 2021]
    What do I do if my workers are tested Ag+?

    All Ag+ results to be submitted within 30 mins to SRSV2 or FWMOMCare. All Ag- results to be submitted by the end of the testing day.

    In accordance with MOH’s guidelines, ART-positive and re-tested invalid personnel are encouraged to self-isolate for at least 72 hours and should visit a Swab and Send Home (SASH) clinic to be assessed if they feel unwell during isolation.

    Main contractor POC or site supervisor should immediately:

    • Checks if employee developed Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) symptoms. If there are ARI symptoms, please follow the ARI workflow in 10b.
    • If there are no ARI symptoms, please inform Employee to:
      1. Self-isolate for 72hrs & subsequently self-administer a 2nd ART.
      2. Follow ARI workflow if symptoms develop subsequently

    Employee (after 72hrs):

    • Employee to perform 2nd ART self-swab. He could use his own ART kit (optional for companies to provide/reimburse)
     If 2nd ART test result is negative If 2nd ART test result is positive/ invalid
    • Informs Employer of Ag- result
    • Stops self-isolation and returns to work
    • Informs Employer of Ag+ result
    • Continues to self-isolate and repeats self-testing at least one day apart until Ag-.
    • To follow ARI workflow if symptoms develop.

    ARI workflow if symptoms develop as follows:

    Employer should immediately:

    • issue the (a) referral note for confirmatory PCR swab and (b) memo for Ag+ individuals
    • inform BCA of the Ag+ case via go.gov.sg/bca-covid-antigen-testreport on the same day
    • contact the nearest SASH PHPC to book/confirm a swab appointment for a confirmatory PCR test
    • convey them to the SASH PHPC via private transport
    • after the confirmatory PCR test, convey them to their residential place via private transport for self-isolation until negative PCR result (if worker is unable to self-isolate at his residential place, he should be conveyed by the SASH PHPC to a swab isolation facility (SIF)).

    If PCR test result is positive

    If PCR test result is negative 
    It confirms that your worker is infected with COVID-19. MOH will contact the worker on the follow-up actions. e.g. Home recovery, CCF, HCI, etc Your worker may return to work immediately.
    [Updated on 6 Oct 2021]
    What do I do to my other workers if I have a worker tested Ag+?

    No further action is required until a COVID-positive result is confirmed. They should continue to adhere to Safe Management Measures, e.g. wearing a mask when leaving their place of residence, at all times.

    [Updated on 19 Oct 2021]
    What actions do I need to take if my worker is on Health Risk Warning (HRW)?  Do I need to inform the worksite or BCA?

    There is no need to inform BCA if the worker is issued with HRW. But if worker is Ag+ or C+, employers will need to notify main builder of worksite which the workers have visited in the past 7 days and BCA. They can notify BCA  via https://go.gov.sg/bca-covid-antigen-testreport.

    Individuals issued with HRW as close contacts of a C+ case need to undergo ART and shall follow MOH’s HRW protocol. There is no requirement for additional ART testing for other workers working in same worksite who are not issued with HRW.

    [Updated on 20 Oct 2021]
    What to do if the ART results are uploaded wrongly?

    If a “Ag+” result for a non-dorm Worker is wrongly submitted on SRSV2, please contact FET Hotline (6876 5830) or email testingops@hpb.gov.sg during office hours.

    For work pass holders, they could resubmit the correct ART results using FWMOMCare under the supervision of the ART supervisor.

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