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Q What is Socso’s Prihatin Screening Programme?
A The Covid-19 screening programme is offered to all local employees as well as foreign workers for companies that are operating during the Conditional MCO subject to the regulations set by Socso.
Q: What is the objective of Socso’s PSP?
A: The programme is aimed at assisting the government to curb the spread of Covid-19 within the industries that are required to operate throughout the Conditional MCO.
Q: What are the requirements or eligibility criteria for the PSP?
A: PSP is extended to all Socso contributors, including foreign workers, who are working in the states placed under the conditional MCO, consisting of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Sabah and Labuan.
Q: What type of test is used for the screening via the PSP?
A: The Covid-19 screening uses the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, as suggested by the Health Ministry.
Q: What are the methods used for the Covid-19 screening under Socso’s PSP?
A: There are two types of methods; via the Prihatin Subsidy Screening or through the Socso panellists. The facilities are limited and can only be applied for by employers.
Q: How will the PSP via subsidy screening be implemented?
A: Employers who want to take the PSP facilities via the Prihatin Subsidy Screening for Covid-19 screening can also use other labs aside from Socso’s panellists. The screening cost must be paid by employers first, and the request for subsidy refund can be made via ssp.perkeso.gov.my. Socso will refund up to RM150 for each employee who has taken the Covid-19 screening, while the additional cost must be borne by employers.
Q: How can the PSP be done through the service panel?
A: Employers can do the screening with the panellists appointed by Socso by submitting a complete Lampiran 1, and make an appointment for the screening. Employers must also contact Socso’s panel, which can be found at its panellist directory at psp.perkeso.gov.my. Both employers and employees must follow all the standard operating procedures (SOP) which has been set. Screening via panellist will be fully paid for by Socso.
Q: What type of documents are required during Socso’s PSP offered via the panellists?
A: Employers must submit a complete and certified Lampiran 1 (with the company’s stamp) to Socso’s panellist on the day of the screening.
Q: Can the screening be conducted at the employer’s premise?
A: Employers can discuss with the panellists that have been appointed by Socso, or clinics/private hospitals that offer the screening. They can enquire whether the screening can be done at the workplace. The facility is also subject to the capacity and suitability as well as the SOP set by the Health Ministry.
Q: Will employees get the results immediately after the screening test?
A: For the screening done via the service panels, the test results will be given via email which have been submitted in Lampiran 1. If the screening is conducted via Prihatin Subsidy screening, employers have to deal directly with the clinics and hospitals to get the results.
Q: Are the results of the PSP confidential?
A: All the results of Socso’s PSP are confidential and will be made known only to the employee, panellists and Socso. Notifications will also be made to the Health Ministry based on the set guideline. However, employees can also inform their respective employers on their screening results personally.
Q: What are the steps that should be taken if employees have yet to register or contribute with Socso?
A: Employers are required to register their workers as a Socso contributor before they are eligible to take Socso’s PSP.
Q: Does Socso’s PSP have an age limit?
A: There is no age limit for the screening, but this is limited only to those who are still actively contributing.
Q: Are contributors of the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (SPS) eligible to take part in the PSP?
A: Contributors of SPS are not eligible to use Socso’s PSP. The programme is specifically for Socso’s contributors under the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969.
Q: Are foreign workers eligible to use the Socso’s PSP?
A: Foreign workers who are registered under Socso are eligible to take the PSP.
Q: Are employers allowed to operate during the Conditional MCO or after the screening?
A: Socso only provides the Covid-19 screening. Socso does not set the operation regulations for industries during the Conditional MCO.
Q: What are the steps taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 during the screening?
A: The screening process will involve a lot of workers and could affect the physical distancing SOP to curb Covid-19. Therefore, the test at the PSP service panels must be made via appointment by the employers to register their workers. The screening at labs/clinics or hospitals are limited to the allowed testing capacity. Employees are required to follow the SOP during the test. For tests conducted at the employer’s premises, they must follow the Health Ministry SOP.
Q: How many tests can be conducted daily?
A: The number of tests are limited to the capacity of the labs that are conducting the RT-PCR in the country. Therefore, appointments must be made with the service panels, and Socso cannot promise that the test can be done immediately.
Q: When will the implementation of Socso’s PSP expire?
A: Socso has the right to end PSP at any time without any notice or provide any reasons for such decisions. The facility is subject to the Conditional MCO period or any government decision on the matter.
Q: How can Socso be contacted if there are any other enquiries?
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