The National Environment Agency (NEA) together with other agencies like the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) developed the Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme. It was launched on July 21, 2010. It was formerly known as the Voluntary Accreditation Scheme. The scheme identifies companies that carry out high standards when it comes to cleaning. Since its launch, the scheme endured some revisions considering the feedback of the industry.
You should know that the revisions of the Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme are made to upgrade the overall standards of the cleaning industry by means of increasing employment practices, accreditation requirements, output initiatives and many more. If you want to learn more, you can consider the following things:
There are additions in (a) productivity (b) better employment standards and (c) PWM (Progressive Wage Model) accreditation criteria. In the case of productivity, accredited companies are obligated to hire Productivity Manager. In the better employment standards accreditation criteria, there is a clause added. Under this, accredited companies are tasked to obtain bizSAFE level 1 and level 3 for Clean Mark Silver and Gold accreditation. In the PWM, accredited companies are compelled to pay their cleaners wages as recommended by the TCC (Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners).
The Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme presently give emphasis on the three sub sectors of cleaning to include conservancy, office and commercial buildings and food and beverage establishments. If you want to get the details and other information about the covered areas, you should go directly to the page of Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme.
If cleaning companies are interested to join the scheme, they should know the criteria. The criteria used to assess the companies include (1) professional & regulatory standards (2) environmental health & cleanliness (3) planning, support & delivery and (4) general working conditions. NEA will conduct your site to assess it based on the criteria given above.
If you want to join this accreditation scheme, you should know the processes. The first thing that you need to secure is the application form. The application form is available for download from the NEA website. When you accomplished it, you have to submit it together with your supporting documents. After submitting, NEA will process your application and they will schedule site visits. When site visits are conducted, NEA will notify applicants about the result of their application. If your company succeeds, NEA will release your accreditation certificates.
If you have other questions and inquiries, you need to go to the website of NEA or you can call them to clarify things. It is important that you maintain and uphold cleaning standards so other companies or even government agencies will consider your services in the near future. This accreditation can make a difference.