Perkeso health screening for construction workers and security guards


Following the government’s announcement of the subsidy for Covid-19 screening of foreign workers in the construction and security guard services known as Prihatin Screening Programme (PSP Perkeso), the Social Security Organisation (Socso) has some answers to several questions raised by employers.

Q: What is Prihatin Screening Programme (PSP Perkeso)?

A: The PSP Perkeso, which was launched on April 27, is a Covid-19 screening programme for foreign workers in the construction and security guard services subject to guidelines prepared by Socso.

Q: What is the objective of the PSP Perkeso?

A: The objective of the programme is to assist the government in controlling the spread of the Covid-19 disease in the industries which are operating during or after the movement control order (MCO).

Q: Who qualifies for Covid-19 screening under the PSP Perkeso programme?

A: The PSP Perkeso is specifically for foreign workers who contribute to Socso and are employed in the construction and security guard services industries in Selangor and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur owing to the higher risk of Covid-19 infection in the sectors and in line with the government’s directive for targeted screening.

Q: What should be done if foreign workers have yet to register or contribute to Socso?

A Employers must register their workers through the Assist Perkeso portal at https://assist.perkeso.gov.my before their workers can qualify for the PSP Perkeso programme.

Q: Is the PSP Perkeso screening programme restricted by a worker’s age?

A: There is no age restriction for the screening.

Q: What type of Covid-19 screening is used for the PSP Perkeso programme?

A: The PSP Perkeso screening programme uses the Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) method as recommended by the Health Ministry.

Q: Are results under the PSP Perkeso programme confidential?

A: The results of the screening test are confidential and will only be known by the worker, clinic or hospital concerned.

Q: How do employers in the construction and security guard services obtain the PSP Perkeso Covid-19 screening?

A: Employers in these industries in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur need to contact designated clinics or hospitals offering Covid-19 screening services themselves. Employers will have to bear the cost of the screening first and later make a subsidy claim to Socso after the screening process is completed.

Q: Can Covid-19 screening be conducted on the employers’ premises?

A: Employers can discuss with the clinics or hospitals offering the screening services to know if the screening can be conducted at the workplace. This will also depend on the suitability and capability of the clinic or hospital in carrying out screening at the workplace.

Q: How long does it take for the screening results to be obtained?

A: When the screening results will be known depends on the capacity and ability of the laboratory used by the clinic or hospital offering the screening services.

Q: What are the documents that must be furnished by workers when undergoing the PSP Perkeso Covid-19 screening?

A: The worker must bring along identification documents (passport) for the purposes of verification by the clinic or hospital.

Q: How much subsidy will Socso pay to screen a worker under the PSP Perkeso screening programme?

A: Socso will pay a subsidy of up to RM150 per worker in the construction and security guard services industries in Selangor and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Employers will have to bear the additional cost if the screening cost exceeds the subsidy.

Q: Apart from the construction and security guard services in Selangor and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, can Covid-19 screening be done by employers of other sectors?

A: Employers not listed under the PSP Perkeso screening programme can conduct Covid-19 screening but at their own cost.

Q: How are Socso subsidy payments made to employers?

A: Employers must use the services of government-designated clinics or hospitals offering Covid-19 screening and bear the cost first. They can later make subsidy claims by producing the name list of workers and receipts issued by the designated clinics or hospitals which had conducted the Covid-19 screening. Guidelines for subsidy claims will be updated from time to time at psp.perkeso.gov.my.

Q: Can employers claim subsidy payments for Covid-19 screening conducted before June 1?

A: Socso will only make subsidy payments for screening done at government-designated clinics or hospitals beginning June 1.

Q: When will the PSP Perkeso programme end?

A: Socso has the right to terminate the PSP Perkeso programme at any time without issuing any prior notice or reasons for its decision.

For further information, contact Socso at 03-4264 5555 / 03-8091 5100 / 1-300-22 8000.

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