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Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Construction Sector

Updated on 3 December 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 3 Dec 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 regime is as follows:
     

    Testing Regime for Workers 

    Worker groups

    No of days from date of infection

    FET-RRT Requirement

    Fully vaccinated recovered workers

    Within 270 days

    Exempted from RRT

    More than 270 days

    Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 7 days
    Except for border facing workers, employer-supervised ART every 3 days (i.e twice a week)

    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 (i.e twice a week)

    Fully vaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection

    N.A.

    Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 7 days
    Except for border facing workers, employer-supervised ART every 3 days (i.e twice a week)

    Unvaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection

    N.A.

    Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 3 days (i.e twice a week)


    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.

    1. If your employee is a SC/PR and is no longer working with you or working exclusively in back-end or office/HQ based functions and do not need to enter the construction sites/ supply premises, please remove their details from the Nominal Roll in the SRS.
    2. For Construction WPHs working in company office premises/working from home and living in non-dormitories, please make a declaration at https://go.gov.sg/swab-declaration.
    3. For non-construction WPHs who are no longer required to work in construction sites/supply premises, the Main Contractors or Supply Work Owners are required to remove the non-construction WPHs from their Restart Application. To do so, the main contractor should update BCA via https://go.gov.sg/bca-construction-supply. When updating:
    1. Choose “Modification of Previously Approved Application”
    2. Quote the previously approved FormSG Application number
    3. Resubmit all documents, including the list of the previously approved workers, as the resubmission will supersede the earlier approval.
    [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.

    [Updated on 1 Dec 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.

    [Added on 1 Dec 2021]
    How do I know if my worker is a recovered worker?

    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. Workers who were tested positive only on their ART previously are not considered as recovered workers. They are still required to go for RRT if they are more than 270 days from the date of their COVID-19 infection.

    [Added on 1 Dec 2021]
    My workers who are required to undergo RRT have missed their scheduled ART swab and their AccessCode turned red. When will their AccessCode turn green?

    Workers will have to take their ART and wait for their AccessCode to turn green (in 2-3 hours) before they can return to work. Please be reminded to adhere to the given schedule.


    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.

    [Updated on 25 Nov 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)

    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. For workers recently onboarded FET RRT, submissions for kits can be made for these workers/ personnel at https://go.gov.sg/bca-art-new-emp by 10 Dec 21.

    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. For workers recently onboarded FET RRT, submissions for kits can be made for these workers/ personnel at https://go.gov.sg/bca-art-new-emp by 10 Dec 21.



    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.

    [Updated on 25 Nov 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 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 at https://go.gov.sg/bca-art-new-emp by 10 Dec 21.

    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 8 Nov 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 an ART supervisor to oversee their ART.


    ART Training

    [Updated on 8 Nov 2021]
    Are there any criteria for the ART supervisors?

    Starting from 8 November 2021, ART training will no longer be a mandatory requirement for ART supervisors to perform the role of a supervisor for ESSS, as the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) component of the training course is now less relevant.

    [Added on 8 Nov 2021]
    Does the Supervisor for the Employer-Supervised-Self-Swab (ESSS) require training to supervise workers using an ART kit to perform a swab on themselves?

    Starting from 8 November 2021, ART training is no longer required for supervisors supervising ESSS. However, the firms must ensure that their workers’ ART results continue to be uploaded to SRSV2.

    [Updated on 1 Dec 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 oversee the ART operations on site and gain access to the records of ART tests administered at their sites. 

    [Updated on 8 Nov 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 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 8 Nov 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.

    Starting from 8 November 2021, ART training will no longer be a mandatory requirement for ART supervisors to perform the role of a supervisor for ESSS, as the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) component of the training course is now less relevant.

    [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. 

    [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 1 Dec 2021]
    How and who is responsible to upload ART results? Can we have multiple login accounts under one firm?

    The ART Supervisor (appointed by his/her employer) is responsible to upload the ART results for SC/PR employees. Please refer to https://www1.bca.gov.sg/COVID-19/art/uploading-art-results for information on uploading ART results. For Work Pass Holders, they can upload the supervised ART results via FWMOMCare.

    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 1 Dec 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
    • Work Pass Holders - 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 Work Pass Holders), 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 25 Nov 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.

    Swab 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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