Time-Limited 8-weeks Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) for workplace
About the Time-limited 8-weeks Rostered Routine Testing (RRT)
As part of the national effort to step up regular testing, companies are strongly encouraged to apply for ART kits to commence regular testing for employees who work on-site, but are not already on any form of mandatory Rostered Routine Testing (RRT). This will enable us to detect and ringfence cases, keeping the community safe.
Companies with employees that work onsite and are not already subject to mandatory RRT, may voluntarily apply for 8 ART kits per onsite employee for weekly testing of their staff over a two-month period. Employees include full-time and part-time employees, and students on long-term (at least 2 months) placement or internship, regardless of vaccination status.
Applying for the ART kits is voluntary. Nevertheless, companies are strongly encouraged to do so.
Your company should start the weekly RRT for onsite employees with immediate effect, upon receipt of the ART kits.
As long as your business is UEN-registered and you have a valid Corppass, you will be eligible to apply for kits for employee(s) that work on-site and are not already subject to mandatory RRT.
Your company may apply for staff who are returning to office only on alternate weeks. They should continue to self-test even for weeks where they are working from home.
Invalid results are extremely rare. If there are insufficient test kits arising from retesting due to invalid results or repeat testing due to being ART positive, your company may purchase additional kits to complete the regime for the affected employee(s). Otherwise, the company should note during results recording that there are missing test cycles due to past retesting.
ART kit applications are strongly encouraged only for employees who have to work onsite. Your company need not apply for ART kits for employees who fully WFH.
As your company has already applied for or received the kits, the employees who have pivoted to full WFH may use the kits to continue weekly testing from home. Alternatively, they may recommence testing upon return to office once WFH is no longer the default. During the results declaration at the end of each month’s testing cycle, your company should still submit the declaration, and provide an explanation if the number of results declared is lower than the declared no. of onsite employees to be tested during application.
Please only submit one application form per company UEN. The application should include all on-site employees hired to work under this company UEN, even if they work in different office/outlet locations.
You will need a Corppass login in order to apply for the ART kits. Find out how you can register for a Corppass at https://www.corppass.gov.sg/.
CorpPass Administrators need to first select digital services for the entity:
There can only be ONE (1) application submitted per company UEN. Subsequent submissions will be voided. Should additional kits be required after the first application, these must be purchased at your company’s own costs
Applications that have already been submitted cannot be cancelled, and ART kits that have already been delivered cannot be returned. Companies are expected to commence RRT for onsite workers upon receipt of the kits.
The application period is from 16 Sep – 13 Oct 2021. Companies will not be able to apply after the application period.
About the delivery of ART kits
Due to high application volumes, delivery might take a longer time during this period. You will receive a delivery notification from the vendor when the kits are ready to be sent out. Please commence weekly testing with immediate effect, upon receipt of the ART kits.
In order to ensure that the ART kits can be distributed quickly to companies, there will only be a one-time delivery to ONE (1) location per company UEN.
Companies will receive a pre-delivery notification via SMS/email and should ensure that there is someone present to receive the delivery. In the event of any failed delivery, redelivery costs would be charged to receiving company.
If there are multiple offices/outlets registered under the same company UEN, each company should make your own arrangements to re-distribute the received kits to other locations at your own cost.
Companies are recommended to allow employees to perform the self-testing onsite. For companies that would like to repack the box of ART kits into individual packs, please refer to the following instructions, depending on the brand of ART kits you have received:
Please note that the expiry dates of the BD Veritor kits issued by the government have been extended by 6 months. You may refer to this letter for more information.
An Analyzer is not required; the test results can be read visually as per these instructions.
No, the kits issued may not be exchanged.
About compliance & results declaration
Companies should have processes in place to ensure that the weekly tests are conducted properly, test results are recorded, and appropriate follow-up actions are adhered to.
If audited by the government, companies should be able to produce proof (e.g. email records, circulars, excel documents etc.) that such processes have been put in place and implemented.
Checklist of Processes
Tests are properly conducted every week
* Provide employees with links to the self-test instructions and self-help materials. * Request that employees submit photos of their used test kits displaying the results. * Remind employees to conduct their weekly testing on a timely basis e.g. via email, messaging etc.
Test results are recorded and submitted
* Provide a mode for employees to report their results e.g. via email, excel, HR portal etc. * Verify that their employees have submitted their test results.
Appropriate actions are taken if tested ART positive
* Share with employees on follow ups if tested ART positive. (refer to the question below on what to do when tested ART positive) * Ensure that employees have adhered to the required follow-up actions by self-isolating for 72 hours if asymptomatic or getting a confirmatory PCR test if symptomatic.
Companies are not required to submit detailed results of each employee to the government. Nevertheless, companies are required to submit their ART results declaration at the end of each month’s testing cycle (i.e. twice across the two-month period) to the government via this link: https://go.gov.sg/time-limited-rrt-art-results-declaration
If audited by the government, companies are expected to be able to produce proof that test results have been recorded by the company.
The Government shall have the right to claw back the cost of any test kits should any of the information submitted in the application form or results declaration form be untrue, or if non-compliance to the testing requirements is found.
About Antigen Rapid Testing (ART)
Please refer to the following self-test instructions, depending on the brand of ART kits you have received. For BD Veritor, an Analyzer is not required; the test results can be read visually as per the instructions below:
You may also follow the step-by-step instructions available here or obtain more information from go.gov.sg/selftestart.
ART is faster and less intrusive than a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This makes it easy for the public to use to test themselves if needed. In general, ARTs have a sensitivity (ability of a test to identify patients with the disease) of about 80% for cases with higher viral loads and a specificity (ability of a test to identify patients without the disease) range of 97-100%.
ART is conducted by inserting a swab stick approximately 2cm into the nostril. These swabs are shallower and less intrusive than the nasopharyngeal swabs taken for PCR tests. Users may experience some discomfort, but the swabs should not be painful.
Frequent swabbing has not been proven to be harmful. ART swabs are inserted at around 2cm into the nostril, which are shallower and less intrusive than the nasopharyngeal swabs taken for PCR tests. However, if you have had recent facial surgery or frequent nose bleeds, you are advised to visit a licensed ART provider to have a professional perform the ART for you.
If you are feeling unwell, please visit a SASH clinic listed on phpc.gov.sg immediately to seek medical attention. Please do not perform any ART self-testing if you are unwell
If you are experiencing acute respiratory symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, flu or runny nose), please visit a Swab and Send Home (SASH) clinic listed on phpc.gov.sg immediately. Please do not perform any ART self-testing.
Negative: Even if you test negative, please stay vigilant. Do continue to observe safe distancing measures and practice good personal hygiene such as regular handwashing and wearing a mask when leaving your home. Continue to monitor your health and test yourself where necessary.
Positive: You may be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If you are well and do not have symptoms, please isolate yourself and re-test yourself with further ART tests after 72 hours from the initial positive test. You may resume normal activities if you test negative. If it is positive, continue to self-isolate and repeat antigen rapid tests at least one day apart. You can stop self-isolation and resume daily activities when it tests negative. If you are symptomatic at any point in time, please proceed to the nearest SASH clinic or PHPC for a medical assessment and a confirmatory PCR test.
To keep a record the positive results, you should take a photograph of your ART test results with your identification document (e.g. NRIC/passport) in the same photo.
Invalid: An invalid test may mean that the test was not performed correctly, or the test kit was faulty. You should re-read the instructions on how to perform the test and repeat an ART with a new test kit. You may also consider undergoing an ART done by a healthcare provider, such as at Quick Test Centres or medical clinics. As you have not tested positive, you need not self-isolate because of an invalid ART result.
Please consult a doctor if you experience persistent nose bleeding.
After reading the results, please take a photo with your ID in the same photo if the result is positive or both results are invalid.
To dispose the test kit, place all the used items from the test kit into a plastic bag or a sealable bag and seal it. Place the sealed bag into another plastic bag. Tie the second plastic bag with a rubber band or cable tie. Please ensure that the bags are tightly tied to protect your community. Throw it into the rubbish chute or a pedal bin immediately.
About Testing ART-Positive
You should isolate yourself at home if you are asymptomatic and test positive. If you have symptoms, go to a SASH clinic to be assessed medically and get a confirmatory PCR test.
After 72 hours, repeat an ART. You can resume daily activities if it tests negative. If it is positive, continue to self-isolate and repeat ARTs at least one day apart. You can stop self-isolation and resume daily activities when it tests negative.
You should take steps and make arrangements to make sure that you can isolate yourself from other persons in your household. You should minimise interactions with other household members, and practise good hygiene habits. These include:
Staying in a room on your own as much as possible and keeping the door closed
If you have to share a bathroom, clean it each time you use it by wiping surfaces
Wash your hands often
Keep the windows open to ensure the house is well-ventilated
You should not leave the home unless to seek medical care for COVID-19.
You may use the ART kits that your company has applied for you to conduct the repeat tests. If that is not available or accessible, your family and friends can help to purchase or you can purchase them online.
You should proceed to undergo a confirmatory PCR test instead of self-isolating if,
You have any symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell
You are under a quarantine order, stay-home notice or have received a Health Risk Warning
You work in healthcare or eldercare
You work or study in pre-schools or primary schools
You are aged above 80 years old (vaccinated) or above 70 years old (unvaccinated)
Specific sectors may also have special considerations which, where applicable, should be separately communicated to you.
Call the nearest SASH clinic listed on phpc.gov.sg to make an appointment and confirm that they can provide a confirmatory PCR test. At the clinic, if your doctor informs you that you need a consultation, e.g. because of observed symptoms such as runny nose, mild fever, you should comply with your doctor’s instructions.
Take a photo of your ART test result(s) with your identification document (ID) in the same photo immediately. Dispose the used test kit by properly and wash your hands.
Bring (1) the photo of your results + ID together and (2) your physical ID (NRIC/Passport) to the clinic.
Travel to the clinic via private transport (car or taxi). Sit alone in the back seat and on the opposite side of the driver. Wind down the windows (switch off air-conditioning) and wear a surgical mask throughout the ride. If you ride a motorcycle, please ensure that you do not have a pillion rider.
If you require a taxi, please do not take a street-hire taxi. Instead, book a taxi through:
Call the taxi hotlines: Inform the operator that you are going for a PCR test at a SASH clinic.
Mobile application of transport companies: Input “SHN” in the comment box or check the “SHN” checkbox (if available).
After the confirmatory PCR test, please go home immediately via private transport (same arrangement above), and self-isolate at home until you receive your negative PCR test results.
Your doctor will generally inform you of your results within 24 to 48 hours. Alternatively, you may check your results via HealthHub.
If you are assessed by the doctor to meet the swabbing criteria, the cost of the confirmatory PCR test will be fully covered by the government. Please bring (1) the photo of your test results + ID and (2) your physical ID to the SASH clinic for the clinic’s verification. Otherwise, you may be charged for your confirmatory PCR test at the clinic’s prevailing charges.
At the clinic, if your doctor informs you that you need a consultation, e.g. because of observed symptoms such as runny nose, mild fever, you should comply with your doctor’s instructions. The prevailing subsidies and fees will apply if needed.
If your PCR test is positive, MOH will contact you via phone call to provide instructions on the follow-up actions required. Please self-isolate until your results are out.
If they have any COVID-19 symptoms, please see a doctor. If they have no symptoms, they may perform an ART within 24 hours of you having tested ART positive. Thereafter, they should monitor themselves for symptoms for 10 days. During this period, they should perform an ART and ensure that they test negative before going into settings that may expose others.
Companies should not require employees to undergo a confirmatory PCR test unless they meet the criteria (as stated below) in doing so.
They have any symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell
They are under a quarantine order, stay-home notice or have received a Health Risk Warning
They work in healthcare or eldercare
They work or study in pre-schools or primary schools
They are aged above 80 years old (vaccinated) or above 70 years old (unvaccinated)
Specific sectors may also have special considerations which, where applicable, should be separately communicated to you.
As long as a person without symptoms has tested negative on the antigen test that was done at least 72 hours after the initial positive test, the person can return to work safely.
There is no need for PCR testing before the person returns to work.