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FAQs on rostered routine testing

Find out more about rostered routine testing and the Swab Registration System (SRS).

Which groups of workers need to undergo rostered routine testing? How will the employers know which of their workers are required to be tested regularly?Show

Rostered routine testing (RRT) applies to the following groups of workers who are at higher risk:

  • All workers from the construction, marine and process sectors (unless working in company office premises) and personnel who go into the work sites.
  • All workers from the manufacturing and services sectors residing in the following sites:
    • Purpose-built dormitories
    • Factory-converted dormitories
    • Decant sites
    • Temporary Living Quarters / Temporary Occupational Licence Quarters / Construction Temporary Quarters

It does not apply to recently recovered workers (less than 180 days from date of symptoms onset or detection of infection).

Workers should not go for the RRT swab if they are on Home Quarantine Order (HQO), Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or 5-day Medical Leave. Employers should schedule these workers for RRT only after they complete their quarantine, SHN or medical leave.

Migrant workers who are required to go through RRT will be automatically populated in the Swab Registration System (SRS) for employers to schedule their test appointment.

For Singaporeans / PRs, employers will have to add in the workers’ details in SRS.

Employers should check if the workers fulfil the eligibility criteria for swabs if they are not displayed or contact the respective sector agencies for assistance.

Employers should not send workers who are not required to be tested for testing.

For FAQs on sector-specific swabbing requirements:

How can employers make an appointment?Show

Employers can contact their respective sector leads to create a Swab Registration System (SRS) account first, and arrange for their workers’ RRT through the SRS.

For To create SRS account
Employers in construction sector Apply online
Employers in marine and process sector Apply online
Employers with manufacturing / services workers staying in dormitories Apply online

You can then log in to the SRS website using your account.

To get help, download:

Employers should book the appointment for the swab test as well as arrange for transport for workers to be sent to the test sites.

Where will the tests be conducted?Show

Tests will be conducted at various Regional Screening Centres such as the Old Police Academy and The Float @ Marina Bay. Tests will also be conducted in PBDs with larger numbers of workers and are already taking place in locations such as PPT Lodge 1B, Tampines Dormitory and Sungei Tengah Lodge.

Employers will be able to view the available locations in the SRS when booking the RRT appointments for their workers.

For workers with existing symptoms or conditions that make them unsuited for a swab test, they will be issued with a referral letter for swabs at Farrer Park Hospital.

Companies should not approach laboratories / hospitals to set up a private arrangement for these tests.

Are there exemptions for any workers from RRT?Show

Exemptions are not allowed.

Workers required to undergo RRT should not miss their swab tests without valid reason.

Employers should re-schedule the appointments of their workers in advance if they are not able to attend their original RRT appointments.

Workers’ AccessCode status will be turned to red if they fail to undergo their RRT. To turn the AccessCode status green again, the worker will need to undergo their swab test.

Workers who are on medical leave for fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat should not go for their RRT appointment. Workers who are on medical leave for other reasons can and should go for the swab test.

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