SG CLEAN TASKFORCE TO GALVANISE
COLLECTIVE ACTION TO RAISE STANDARDS OF HYGIENE AND CLEANLINESS IN SINGAPORE
multi-agency taskforce has been formed to galvanise a whole-of-nation effort to
raise standards of cleanliness and public hygiene in Singapore. The SG Clean
Taskforce, chaired by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and
Water Resources, is set up under the purview of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce
(MTF) on COVID-19. (See Annex
for the list of members in the SG Clean Taskforce.)
SG Clean Taskforce builds on the work that has already started with the SG
Clean campaign, to instil a ‘keep Singapore clean’ culture, beyond the current
COVID-19 outbreak. The Taskforce will drive and galvanise collective action to:
(a) ensure cleanliness of public spaces; (b) encourage good personal hygiene;
and (c) adjust social norms to reduce the spread of diseases.
Singapore is generally considered a clean and green city, we want to further
step up cleanliness and hygiene standards in all facets of our lives, and make
these our new norms, beyond the immediate COVID-19 situation. This will help keep
our families and communities safe and healthy. Let us each practise good personal
hygiene and social responsibility, and do our part to keep Singapore clean and
safe,” said Minister Masagos.
Ensuring cleanliness of public spaces
cleanliness of public spaces is a shared responsibility. While the Government
puts in place standards and enforcement actions, premise owners have to ensure
that they maintain high standards of cleanliness, and users have to use the
rally stakeholders and members of the public to do their part to keep Singapore
clean, Minister Masagos had earlier launched the SG Clean campaign on 16 February 2020.
6. An important
component of the campaign is the SG Clean quality mark, which serves as a premise-based
sanitation and hygiene indicator. The SG Clean quality mark requires
organisations to commit to sector-specific sanitation and hygiene checklists to
safeguard public health in Singapore.
National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Singapore Food Agency have been
working with hawker centres and coffee shops to be part of the SG Clean quality
mark certification programme. To date, 1,907 hawker and market stalls, and
345 coffee shop stalls have been awarded the SG Clean quality mark. In
addition, 13 hawker centres and 49 coffee shops have also been awarded the
agencies such as Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board, Land
Transport Authority, the Early Childhood Development Agency, the Ministry of
Education and the Ministry of Transport have also been working with NEA to
audit their respective premises and related areas such as retail, hospitality, transport
nodes, educational institutions and preschools. Some of the premises under the
purview of these agencies are already SG Clean certified. NEA aims to roll out
the SG Clean certification programme to premises with high human traffic and
more vulnerable segments of the population by the end of 2020.
catalyse shared accountability and high standards of cleanliness in Singapore,
the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources will make amendments to the Environmental Public
Health Act later this year. Mandatory cleaning standards will be
introduced, including a regime for pro-active routine cleaning and disinfection
at prescribed frequencies. These include standards for public cleanliness such
as: (a) frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high contact areas, in
particular toilets; (b) pest management, including a mosquito control regime;
and (c) back-of-house waste management such as bin centres.
accountability will also be placed on premise managers for the cleanliness of
their premises. They will be required to submit and implement an environmental
sanitation programme, and remedy any lapses in public cleanliness on their
premises. They will also be required to appoint a trained Designated Person to
assist them to develop and implement the environmental sanitation programme
will work with sectoral leads to progressively implement the new requirements
from 2021, starting with higher-risk premises with high footfall and
immuno-vulnerable occupants. These include preschools, schools, eldercare
facilities and hawker centres.
good personal habits
12. Everyone can play a part in keeping themselves and others
around them safe by adopting good personal habits. NEA has been encouraging “7
Habits of Good Public Hygiene", which include:
a) Washing hands frequently with soap and
taking temperature daily.
b) Using a tissue whenever sneezing or
coughing, and binning own litter and soiled tissues. This will prevent
individuals from adversely affecting the health and well-being of family,
friends, colleagues and those around them.
c) Keeping public toilets clean and dry.
This will reduce the risk of spreading diseases and viruses such as COVID-19
and dengue within the community.
Adjusting social norms
help prevent community spread of COVID-19, it has been necessary to make
adjustments to social norms in Singapore. For instance, many have refrained
from shaking hands during this period. The SG Clean Taskforce will also
encourage people to use serving spoons when sharing food, eat from trays and
return trays in public dining places, and to keep their tables clean.
SG Clean Taskforce will rally members of the public, partners and stakeholders
across sectors in Singapore to work together to make SG Clean a new way of life.
MINISTRY OF THE
ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
6 MARCH 2020
CLEAN Taskforce Members
for the Environment and Water Resources
for Social and Family Development
Minister for National Development
Minister of State for Health, and the Environment and Water Resources
Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Transport
Low Yen Ling
Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower
of South West District
Baey Yam Keng
Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth, and Transport