S'pore manufacturing firm 1st to be charged for not sending workers for routine Covid-19 testing

Employers are required to schedule Rostered Routine Testing to test for Covid-19 infection for their foreign employees every 14 days.

Ashley Tan | July 27, 2021, 12:32 PM

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A manufacturing firm in Singapore is the first ever to be charged for allegedly failing to send its workers for Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) for Covid-19.

RRT important for workers staying in dorms

Bescoat Manufacturing Pte Ltd and its general manager Tan Siew Lee did not comply with guidelines set out by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the ministry said in a press release on July 27.

Bescoat and Tan had allegedly failed to send three of its migrant workers for RRT.

MOM stipulates that employers are required to schedule RRT to test for Covid-19 infection for their foreign employees every 14 days.

This, MOM said, is critical to public health efforts to detect and contain the transmission of the Covid-19.

Additionally, it is important for workers who reside in dormitories to attend RRT as there is a greater risk of transmission associated with communal living.

For failing to establish and apply appropriate procedures and controls to comply with RRT requirements, Bescoat can be fined up to S$10,000.

Similarly, Tan can also be fined up to S$10,000, or imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both.

10 companies fined or given stern warning

In the last seven months, MOM has administered composition fines and stern warnings to 10 companies for failing to ensure their workers comply with RRT requirements.

MOM said that these breaches occurred despite regular reminders to employers.

MOM urges employers to cooperate and ensure workers comply with the RRT for Covid-19 infection in order to safeguard public health.

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