Round 1 of Time-Limited 8-Weeks RRT (From Sep to Oct 2021)
About Round 1 of Kits Distribution
Your company should start the weekly voluntary RRT for onsite employees with immediate effect, upon receipt of the ART kits. If you had deferred starting the weekly voluntary RRT due to the Government’s announcement in end-Sep to pivot towards full WFH, you may encourage your employees to use the kits to continue weekly testing from home. Now that WFH is no longer the default, you may recommence testing for your onsite employees upon return to office.
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.* (* Note: This is valid for the period of weekly testing stipulated under the first round of kits distribution. From 6 Jan 2022, low-risk and mildly symptomatic individuals will be instructed to follow an expanded Protocol 2 by their primary care provider i.e. 5-day Medical Certificate will be given; individual to self-isolate at home for 72 hours and be allowed to leave home once tested negative thereafter.)
Companies are required to declare the total number of employees tested, along with the number of Ag+ results recorded, in the ART results declaration form 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
The detailed results of each individual employee do not need to be submitted to the Government. However, companies are expected to retain the test results up to 1 month after they have completed the 8-week testing, and be required to produce proof if audited by the government.
For companies who have yet to commence testing due to the shift to full WFH, they should still submit the results declaration at the end of each one-month cycle (for 2 months) from the date of receipt of kits, by indicating the number of tests they have conducted. If the actual number of employees tested is lower than the number of onsite employees declared during application, companies should provide a reasonable explanation why this is so in the submission form (e.g. pivot to WFH).
The company should also retain proof of communication sent to employees informing them that they will be working from home by default and the effective date of WFH implementation, which should be provided when audited by the Government.
Once WFH is no longer the default, companies are advised to re-commence testing upon return to office and continue submitting results until testing is complete.
If your company has completed the 8-weeks testing for all the onsite employees as declared during application but still has kits left (e.g. because staff recovered from COVID-19 and is exempted from testing, extra kits received due to rounding up), you may retain the kits for further voluntary testing. There is no need to submit additional results declaration in this situation.
For companies who would complete testing for all staff by 31 January 2022, please retain all necessary proof of test processes and test results until 31 January 2022.
For companies who would still be conducting testing beyond 31 January 2022 due to various reasons, please retain all necessary proof/results for a duration of one month after the second round of results declaration. E.g. if testing ends on 15 February 2022, please retain the necessary proof/results until 15 March 2022.
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.