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More than 700 cleaning businesses have applied for licenses: NEA

The National Environment Agency expects "almost all" cleaning firms who have applied for licenses to receive them before September. 

SINGAPORE: More than 700 cleaning businesses have applied for licences since the new cleaning business licensing regime was introduced in April, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Thursday (July 17). 

Of the 748 cleaning businesses which have applied, 415 have obtained their licences, said the NEA, adding that they expect “almost all” cleaning firms to receive their licences before September. 

“The 415 licensed cleaning businesses are a mix of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and larger companies with 200 or more cleaners. NEA is currently processing the remaining 333 applications and none have been rejected so far,” the agency said.

The authorities have also encouraged the few cleaning businesses that have not yet applied for licensing to do so immediately.

With the Environmental Public Health Amendment Bill coming into force in April, all general cleaning businesses in Singapore have to be licensed by September as part of efforts to raise the productivity and working conditions of the cleaning sector.

To qualify for the licence, firms must train at least 50 per cent of their staff in at least one relevant module within the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Workforce Skills Qualifications System framework. To renew the license next year, companies must ensure that all their workers are trained.

Earlier this year, the NEA had “strongly encouraged” cleaning firms to send their cleaners for training ahead of the licensing deadline, and submit their applications by July 15 so as to obtain their licences by September.

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