The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

New accreditation scheme for cleaning firms from next month


ONE day after a tripartite group set basic starting salaries for cleaners, the Government announced on Friday that cleaning firms must sign on to a new accreditation scheme before they can tender for government contracts from April next year.

The Enhanced Clean Mark scheme, which adds more criteria to an existing voluntary Clean Mark Accreditation scheme, will be rolled out from next month.

The move is aimed at raising professional standards in the cleaning industry as well cleaners' wage prospects, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu.

"In order to professionalise itself, the industry has to incorporate good practices to upgrade the skill levels of the workers... and systematise work processes," she said on the sidelines of a visit to a cleaning firm. The enhanced scheme was an "important step" towards raising the standards of the cleaning industry, she added.