Employers Required To Ensure Workers Undergo Routine Testing by 5 September

24 Aug 2020

Ref No.: 240820 (3)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Employers Required To Ensure Workers Undergo Routine Testing by 5 September

Following up from the circular we sent last week [Ref No.: 210820 (1)], ASPRI would like to highlight to employers that they are required to ensure workers undergo the Rostered Routine Testing (RTT) by 5th September 2020 – as stated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in this Press Release.

As part of the safeguards to ensure the safe restart of work, workers staying in dormitories, and workers in the Construction, Marine and Process sectors and personnel who go into the work sites, are required to undergo RTT every 14 days.

All workers who are required to undergo RRT will need to have completed a swab test in the past 14 days by 5th September 2020. Workers who have not done so will have their AccessCode Status reflected as Red under the “Health Status”, and will not be able to return to work.

To date, around 16,000 employers (82%) have logged into the Health Promotion Board’s Swab Registration System (SRS) to schedule their workers for RRT. About 102,000 workers who need to undergo RRT have not yet been scheduled (a slight reduction from the 118,000 workers four days ago).

Employers are reminded to quickly schedule appointment slots for their workers if they have not done so, to avoid disruption to business operations. They can view the available locations in the SRS when booking appointment dates, comprising 18 Regional Screening Centres and purpose-built dormitories across the island such as Old Police Academy, The Float @ Marina Bay, PPT Lodge 1B, Tampines Dormitory and Sungei Tengah Lodge. The swab capacity is more than sufficient to address the remaining unscheduled workers if employers schedule early.

Once workers have been scheduled under the SRS for the first time, they will be automatically assigned new dates for future RRT swabs. Employers should log in to the SRS regularly to check if there are new workers whom they need to schedule appointments for. MOM will be continuously adding new workers as their dormitories are cleared, and the workers become due for RRT.

For queries related to RTT, please refer to this FAQs on the MOM website.

Employers should approach their respective sector leads, should they have queries on the requirements:

Construction sector – SRS_Enquiries@bca.gov.sg

Marine and Process sectors – swab@edb.gov.sg

Manufacturing / services workers staying in dorms – https://www.mom.gov.sg/feedback