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Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Construction Sector

Updated on 23 August 2021

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

[Added on 17 June 2021]
Why are we looking at ART to complement rostered routine testing (RRT)?

The 14-Day RRT (PCR test) has been effective. It is the foundation of the COVID testing strategy and will continue to remain. COVID situation evolves from time to time, the faster we detect any case, the better we can contain it, so that all our worksites can have a peace of mind.

ART can complement RRT. 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 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.


[Added on 7 Aug 2021]
Who are subjected to the mandatory ART regime under the Construction Sector? Are there any exemptions?

All personnel on RRT regime will be subjected to additional ART regime. Please refer to the ART Requirements and Frequency Table for information on the regime applicable for the various type of personnel.

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.

[Added on 16 Aug 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)?

Such personnel are not subjected to both RRT and ART regime as they do not 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.


Ordering/Collection of ART Test Kits

[Added on 16 Aug 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?

Yes, main contractors have to include the order quantity based on the total number of non-dorm workers and visitors declared to BCA via your Application to Restart Construction Works and Supply works (“restart application”).

[Added on 16 Aug 2021]
I am the main contractor of my worksite. Why must I order my ART kits by 13 Aug 2021 and 27 Aug 2021 for large and small worksites respectively?

Main contractors managing construction worksites and companies managing construction supply works premises can register their orders through the registration form at https://go.gov.sg/bca-art-apply. The lead time required for delivery of the ART kits is approximately one week from the order date.

For LARGE worksites and Construction Supply Works Premises, orders are to be placed by 13 Aug 2021 to meet the mandatory implementation date on 20 Aug 2021.

  • Contractors that register after 13 Aug 2021 will have to procure their own kits for ART implementation while waiting for the free kits to be delivered
  • Contractors that register by 13 Aug 2021 but do not receive kits by 20 Aug 2021 will be given further grace period to implement ART
  • Contractors who are already on ART can continue to register for replenishment of test kits through the same registration form for their projects

For small worksites, orders must be placed by 27 Aug 2021 to meet mandatory implementation date on 3 Sep 2021

[Updated on 18 Aug 2021]
I am the main contractor of my worksite. I would like to withdraw/amend my previous registration to order ART kits, what should I do? Will I be able to submit a few order registrations under the same project reference number?

Main contractors can submit a few order registrations under the same project reference if you are intending to top-up the quantity requested. However, the total number of kits orders within a month should not exceed the number of kits needed for non-dorm workers and visitors declared in your Application to Restart Construction Works and Supply works to BCA.

[Updated on 18 Aug 2021]
I am the main contractor of my worksite. Why is my registration to order ART kits rejected? What must I do?

Please check the following to ensure that:

1)  You are applying as a main contractor for the project or construction supply premises;

2)  The project or construction supply premises has been approved by BCA for approval to resume works and has yet to obtain TOP

3)   If your project has obtained BCA’s approval to resume works and has yet to obtain TOP, your project reference has been correctly indicated in the ART test kits registration form. (no extra characters or space) e.g. Axxxx-xxxxx-yyyy, Exxxx-xxxxx-yyyy

4)  Total number of kit orders within a month is not higher than the number of kits needed for non-dorm workers and visitors declared in your Application to Restart Construction Works and Supply works to BCA

If the above are all in order and your registration is still rejected, please write to us with a copy of the rejected email, together with the project reference number and number of test kits ordered, at: https:///www.bca.gov.sg/feedbackform/

Should the rejection of application, after checking by BCA,  is due to errors in entries (e.g. incomplete, wrong project reference number or UEN entered) or invalid application (e.g. application not submitted by a main contractor or the project is not under the list of projects approved by BCA to restart nor any of the construction supply premises), we will not be able to extend any grace period for compliance.  Whilst awaiting the outcome of the investigation on the rejection of your application for the ART test kits, you may wish to procure your own ART test kits from MOH/HSA approved suppliers (https://go.gov.sg/bca-hsa-art-list).

[Added on 18 Aug 2021]
I am the main contractor of my worksite who have registered for ART test kits. How can I check my order application status?

Acknowledgement of orders may take 1 to 3 days to be sent out from the date of registration. You are advised to check your junk mail for the receipt of order acknowledgement.

If you did not receive an acknowledgement from BCA for more than 3 days from the date of registration, please resubmit your registration of ART kits via https://go.gov.sg/bca-art-apply.  

For orders which have been processed and approved, please note that the orders may take up to more than 1 week to be delivered to the worksite in the event of a surge in the number of order registrations.

[Added on 18 Aug 2021]
I am the main contractor of my worksite. Why is the quantity of ART kits delivered/processed higher than what I have requested? Can I return excess kits to prevent wastage?

Please note that the minimum quantity of ART kits to be delivered to all construction worksites and supply works premises is 300. Main contractors for such worksite with excess ART kits may retain the excess ART kits for own use and are advised not to order ART kits from BCA for replenishment until the excess kits have been used up.

However, for main contractors who have over ordered due to other reasons (e.g. indicated wrong quantity or submitted multiple order registrations by mistake),  please provide your FormSG reference number of the ART test kits application, project reference number and number of excess kits to return and write to us at https:///www.bca.gov.sg/feedbackform/,In the meantime, please keep the test kits in proper storage conditions.

[Added on 18 Aug 2021]
I am an employer of construction account workers (CAWs) who are currently on RRT regime and working on non-construction worksites premises. The number of ART test kits given does not tally with my number of CAWs working in non-construction sites. Can I request for more kits? Can BCA share the list of my CAWs under your records?

The number of free ART test kits allocated is based on the number of Construction Work Permit and S Pass holders declared to MOM’s Work Permit Online (WPOL) and Employment Pass Online (EPOL) under the firm’s unique UEN, and are only given to this group of work pass holders who:-

  • Do not reside in dormitories
  • Do not work in construction sites and construction supply premises (main contractors will conduct ART for them before they enter the worksites)
  • Are on Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime* 

Should you need more ART test kits, please procure the test kits from major pharmacies and distributors in Singapore. For ART test kits authorised for use in Singapore, please visit https://go.gov.sg/bca-hsa-art-list.

*CAWs exempted from RRT regime are not subjected to ART regime. This include 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 worksite.

[Added on 18 Aug 2021]
I am an employer of construction account workers (CAWs) who are currently on RRT regime and working on non-construction worksites premises, but I did not receive an email from BCA to collect ART kits from Trade Association & Chambers (TACs)/BCA’s Approved Training and Testing Centres (ATTC). Why is that so?

Only companies which have the following Construction Work Permit and S Pass holders declared to MOM’s Work Permit Online (WPOL) and Employment Pass Online (EPOL) will receive an email from BCA to collect kits from TACs/ATTCs:

  • Do not reside in dormitories
  • Do not work in construction sites and construction supply premises (main contractors will conduct ART for them before they enter the worksites)
  • Are on Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime* 

*CAWs exempted from RRT regime are not subjected to ART regime. This include 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 worksite

[Updated on 16 Aug 2021]
Who will pay for the ART kits and other related costs to implement ART?
  • The ART test kits will be government-funded until further notice. Meanwhile, contractors who are already implementing ART at their worksites can continue to register for replenishment of test kits through the same registration form at https://go.gov.sg/bca-art-apply for their projects

  • For Ag+/re-tested Ag invalid* cases:
    o   The confirmatory PCR swab test at SASH PHPCs will also be government-funded.
    o   However, the cost of conveyance of Ag+/re-tested Ag invalid workers from (i) the worksite to the SASH PHPC and (ii) the SASH PHPC to their place of accommodation for self-isolation, should be borne by employers.

*ART positive result is termed “Ag+”; Two consecutive ART invalid results is termed “re-tested Ag invalid”


ART Training

[Updated on 7 Aug 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)

*Training places will be prioritised for up to 2 ART Supervisors per project reference; Supervisors must complete and pass the course by 3 Sep 2021

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.

[Added on 30 Aug 2021]
What should we do if we are unable to send ART supervisors to complete the ART supervisory training before the mandatory ART implementation dates?

Your company should still implement ART for your workers by the mandatory ART implementation date, and send your ART supervisors for training at the earliest available date.  In the meantime, you can refer to the resources on the BCA website to assist you with the ART implementation: https://www1.bca.gov.sg/COVID-19/art/steps-to-implement-art


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

[Added on 16 Aug 2021]
Must workers/visitors residing in dormitories undergo ART before entering construction worksites and construction supply works premises?

MOM is making the arrangements to implement the ART regime for personnel residing in dormitories. Details will be shared by MOM when ready.

[Updated on 7 Aug 2021]
Must workers/visitors entering construction worksites and supply work premises, all administer ART at worksites before entering site?

The following personnel can either administer ART at worksite or remotely administer ART at home or place of accommodation with virtual supervision done via video call:

1.    Workers/visitors at small worksites (i.e. with less than 20 non-dorm workers/visitors daily); and

2.    Singaporean and Permanent Residents who needs to access worksites

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 7 Aug 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.

ART regime (on top of RRT regime) will apply to all workers/visitors if they enter:
- large worksites (with project value > $3 mil) which have not obtained TOP by 20 Aug 2021
- small worksites (with project value ≤ $3 mil) which have not obtained TOP by 3 Sep 2021

[Updated on 23 June 2021]
If I did not go to the worksite on Day 3 / 7 / 11, will I still have to undergo ART on the other days?

If the individual did not go to the worksite on Day 3 / 7 / 11, he should undergo ART on the day that he next enters the worksite.

For example, if he is on leave on day 3 and as a result he did not had his ART done, he should undergo ART on the following day when he is back to the worksite.

[Updated on 18 Aug 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, when the ART regime is mandatory for these group of workers on 3 September 2021?

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

The number of free test kits allocated to companies with CAWs working on non-construction worksites is based on the number of non-dorm workers declared to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Work Permit Online (WPOL) and Employment Pass Online (EPOL) and excludes workers who are working in projects sites and construction supply premises. Employers of CAWs working on non-construction worksites should refer to the emails on Issuance of ART Test Kits for more information.


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 23 Aug 2021]
Would an individual who enters multiple sites on consecutive days be subjected to ART at each of the sites?

From 13 Aug 2021 onwards, 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 consecutive days can 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 23 Aug 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 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 testingops@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 7 July 2021]
What do I do if my workers are tested Ag+/re-tested Ag invalid?

Main contractor POC or site supervisor should immediately:

  • isolate them at the worksite
  • inform their employer
  • issue the (a) referral note for confirmatory PCR swab and (b) memo for Ag+/re-tested Ag invalid individuals
  •  submit ART results to BCA via go.gov.sg/bca-covid-antigen-testreport

Employer should immediately:

  • 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. Your worker may return to work immediately. 
[Added on 17 June 2021]
What do I do to my other workers if I have a worker tested Ag+?

No further action is required until the confirmation of PCR results. They should continue to adhere to Safe Management Measures, e.g. wearing a mask when leaving their place of residence, at all times.

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