First ever Singapore Cleaning Industry Forum held

19th of March 2014
First ever Singapore Cleaning Industry Forum held

The first ever Singapore Cleaning Industry Forum was held recently. Hosted by the organisers of the Pulire Asia Pacific 2014 exhibition, this event was the first of a series planned for throughout south-east Asia.

More than 70 people attended the event, which was moderated by associate professor Tan Eng Khiam from the National University of Singapore's Department of Building School of Design and Environment. Themes included the need to upgrade the image of the cleaning profession, which many stlll see as a low skilled and low paying job.

Also on the agenda was the role of the government in helping to increase the level of cleanliness of public toilets in Singapore. Jack Sim, president of World Toilet Organisation told the forum that toilets are points for collection and disposal of human waste, and as such over a period of time toilets are bound to get dirty. So instead of pointing the finger at the public for bad toilet habits, the government should work closely with the cleaning sector to improve the efficiency of toilet cleaning.

Panellists Judy Tan, president of the Association of Singapore Housekeepers and Heather Suksem, regional chief executive officer for OCS Group for south-east Asia and the Middle East shared similar views that in seeking cleaning contracts, the industry should move away from the traditional manpower head count service proposals to new service delivery formats that provide clients with quality instead of quantity.

Richard Lee, general manager of Kärcher Singapore touched on the need for the industry to mechanise cleaning services so as to offset rising labor costs, improve productivity and provide better value to customers.


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