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Construction Industry COVID-19 Testing Service Scheme (CITS)

Background:

As a further step to fight against the pandemic, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA) jointly launched the first phase of “Construction Industry COVID-19 Testing Service Scheme” on 22 December 2020 with the support from the Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government. In the first phase, the CIC and the HKCA shared part of the service expenses, whereas a testing fee of HK$150 per person is required from developers / main contractors, so as to provide the nucleic acid COVID-19 testing services to frontline workers and site staff who voluntarily joined the Scheme, with a view to saving time and resources to collect and return the specimen, facilitating mass testing to ensure workers’ safety and health, as well as protecting their families. “Construction Industry COVID-19 Testing Service Scheme 2.0” was launched upon the completion of the first phase. The CIC and the HKCA share part of the testing expenditures whilst the Government further provides subsidies to the successful applications from private works projects, which means developers for both public and private works projects / main contractors are not required to pay any testing fee for participating workers and site staff. The abovementioned Scheme will end on 17 April 2021, and it is estimated that about 176 construction sites with about 47,000 site staff will be tested.

“Construction Industry COVID-19 Testing Service Scheme 2.0”

Services

Service Period

On-site testing services for larger construction sites (e.g. sites with 100 site staff or above) From 15 March to 17 April 2021
Distribution and collection services of deep throat saliva specimen collection packs for smaller construction sites (e.g. sites with 1-99 site staff) March and April 2021
Distribution and collection services of deep throat saliva specimen collection packs for 1,350 construction sites in Hong Kong From 1 May to 15 June 2021


All three services will be subsidised by the CIC, the HKCA and the Development Bureau, which are free of charge. The decisions of the CIC and the HKCA shall be final.

1. On-site Testing Services [Applicable to larger sites with a large number of employees (i.e. 100 employees or above)]

A one-off on-site testing service will be provided to the workers and site staff who voluntarily join the Scheme. The CIC and the HKCA will share part of the testing expenditures; in addition to the subsidies provided to public works projects, the Government will further subsidise the successful applications from private works projects, which means developers for private works projects / main contractors are not required to pay any testing fee for the participating workers and site staff.

Procedures of the Scheme:

  • The testing institution will contact main contractors / responsible persons of construction sites one week prior to the scheduled testing date to confirm the number of participants and arrangements such as conducting site inspection.
  • On the testing day, the testing institution will set up a mobile specimen collection station and arrange staff to manage the registration for the participating construction workers and site staff as well as verify personal information.
  • Once the registration is completed, healthcare workers from the testing institution will collect specimen  by combined nasal and throat swabs for the participants, following the instructions on COVID-19 specimen collection according to the Centre of Health Protection. Specimens will then be sent to laboratories for testing.
  • After the completion of testing, participants whose test results are negative will be informed by SMS through their mobile phones. If any specimen tested shows a positive COVID-19 result, the specimen will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (DH) for a confirmatory test. Confirmed infection cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH. A full report of testing results for that construction site will be provided to respective main contractor within three working days after testing.

Service Period:

From 15 March to 17 April 2021

How to Apply:

For any construction site interested in participating in this Scheme, its main contractor should complete the following application form and submit via email (email address: CITS@cic.hk) for arrangement of related services. The deadline for application is 31 March 2021.

APPLICATION FORM (Chinese version only)

Specimen Taking Method:

Healthcare professionals will take specimen by combined nasal and throat swab (“CNTS”) method on site. Please refer to the following information for procedures of deep throat saliva collection provided by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH and Information Service Department of the HKSAR Government:

PROCEDURE FOR COLLECTING COMBINED NASAL AND THROAT SWABS

VIDEO ON SPECIMEN TAKING PROCEDURE BY EXPERTS

2. Distribution and collection services of deep throat saliva specimen collection packs [Applicable to smaller sites (i.e. 1-99 employees)]

Since on-site testing services require sufficient space to set up mobile specimen collection stations which may not be applicable to smaller construction sites, the CIC, the HKCA and the Development Bureau will provide approx. 40,000 free deep throat saliva specimen collection packs (per month) to these small construction sites in March and April, as well as coordinate the distribution and collection services, offering free testing to the workers and site staff.

Procedures of the Scheme:

  • The CIC will coordinate the distribution of specimen collection packs which will then be further distributed to main contractors of the small construction sites through four associations (Hong Kong Construction Association, Hong Kong General Building Contractors Association, The Hong Kong Registered Contractors Association, and The Hong Kong Federation of Electrical & Mechanical Contractors).
  • The associations will distribute the specimen collection packs to the small construction sites in proportion to the number of site staff through the main contractors.
  • Each small construction site should be responsible to gather all deep throat saliva specimens which are collected by its workers and site staff themselves. All specimens should be placed and properly sealed in the specimen collection boxes, and then return to the below CIC’s designated collection locations by the sites according to the designated time (11am to 1pm), Monday to Saturday (except public holidays):
    *On or before 30 April - HKIC campuses in Kowloon Bay, Kwai Chung and Sheung Shui, or the Hong Kong Construction Industry Trade Testing Centre in Aberdeen
    *From 1 May to 10 May - HKIC campuses in Kowloon Bay and Sheung Shui
  • All specimens will be sent to the testing institution for further testing by the CIC.
  • After the completion of testing, participants whose test results are negative will be informed by SMS through their mobile phones. If any specimen tested shows a positive COVID-19 result, the specimen will be referred to the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the Department of Health (DH) for a confirmatory test. Confirmed cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH. A full report of testing results for that construction site will be provided to its respective main contractor within three working days after testing.

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Service Period:

March and April 2021

Extended collection period of specimens collection packs: From 1 May to 10 May

How to Apply:

For any construction site that is interested in participating in this Scheme, please contact its respective associations.

Associations
Contact Number
Hong Kong Construction Association 2572 4414
Hong Kong General Building Contractors Association 2507 5088
The Hong Kong Registered Contractors Association 2219 9325
The Hong Kong Federation of Electrical & Mechanical Contractors 2519 3998

Specimen Taking Method:

Procedures of deep throat saliva collection can be referred to the following materials provided by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH:

PROCEDURES FOR DEEP THROAT SALIVA COLLECTION

VIDEO ON PROCEDURES FOR DEEP THROAT SALIVA COLLECTION

3. Distribution and collection services of deep throat saliva specimen collection packs for 1,350 construction sites in Hong Kong

Subsidised and supported by the Development Bureau, the CIC and HKCA will extend and offer a final round of a free COVID-19 deep throat saliva specimen testing service between 1 May to 15 June 2021 where one-off distribution and collection service for deep throat saliva specimen collection packs will be arranged for 1,350 construction sites’ workers and other resident site personnel.

Procedures of the Scheme:

  • Developers / main contractors / contractors can suggest a collection date on the applications form. The testing institution will call the site contact person after receiving the form, and will confirm and try to arrange the date for collection of specimen collection packs as suggested by the site. Specimen collection packs will be distributed to the site no less than two working days before the collection date. Please note that due to logistics challenges and other factors, the testing institution might not be able to collect the specimens according to the date suggested by the applicants.
  • To ensure the accuracy of the test, participants should return the specimen on the same day of collection. Each construction site should be responsible to gather all deep throat saliva specimens which are collected by its workers and site staff themselves, and reminds the participants to ensure that the information on the form is properly and clearly filled in. Otherwise the testing institution will not test the specimen, and the participant will not receive any testing result.
  • Specimen collection pack must be collected by the testing institution and cannot be submitted to designated clinics of Centre for Health Protection. Testing institution will not collect specimen collection packs outside this scheme.
  • After the completion of testing, participants whose test results are negative will be informed by SMS through their mobile phones. If any specimen tested shows a positive COVID-19 result, the specimen will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (DH) for a confirmatory test. Confirmed cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH. A full report of testing results for that construction site will be provided to its respective main contractor after testing.

Service Period:

From 1 May to 15 June 2021

How to Apply:

Construction site interested in participating in this Scheme, its developer / main contractor / contractor should complete the following application form and submit via email (email address: CITSapp@cic.hk) for arrangement of services. The deadline for application is 15 May 2021.

APPLICATION FORM (Chinese version only)

FAQs(Chinese version only)

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Specimen Taking Method:

Procedures of deep throat saliva collection can be referred to the following materials provided by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH:

PROCEDURES FOR DEEP THROAT SALIVA COLLECTION

VIDEO ON PROCEDURES FOR DEEP THROAT SALIVA COLLECTION

Enquiry:

Hotline: 3199 7373 

Email: CITS@cic.hk 

The Construction Industry Council and the Hong Kong Construction Association reserve the right to modify or amend the Terms and Conditions from time to time.

Last Updated: 2021-04-13 10:03:35