Amelia Tan – Straits Times
Singapore. Maids can now be sent for a four-hour course centered on working safely near windows.
The program, to start running on June 30, is offered by non-governmental organization Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training.
Half the time in the course will go into teaching them how to clean windows safely; the rest of the time will cover safety tips for hanging out the laundry, using ladders and changing light bulbs, among others.
Maids will learn through lectures and hands-on sessions.
The cost: $5.
Association president Seah Seng Choon said priority for places in the course will be given to maids who have not attended the now-compulsory one-day Settling-In Programme.
This was launched only last month for first-time maids. It covers issues such as safety, relationship and stress management, life in Singapore and conditions of work permits.
Maids who have gone through the mandatory programme may also register for the new course, but their applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Seah, also the executive director of the Consumers Association of Singapore, said: “The SIP covers safety among other issues. We think there’s a need for a course like ours, which focuses on safety. It will reinforce the safety tips that maids should apply while working.”
The Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training will run the course with Grace Management & Consultancy Services, the training provider for the Settling-In Programme.
Details of the association’s course will be available at www.gmcs.com.sg/ from June 25.
Last week, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that an employer or an adult representative has to be around to supervise maids when they clean the exterior of windows, and that window grilles must be installed and locked during the cleaning.
The guidelines from MOM, to be enforced under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Regulations, followed a spike in the number of maids who fell to their deaths this year.
Reprinted courtesy Straits Times