THE Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has introduced four new conditions for all operators of factory-converted dormitories, or FCDs in short, when they seek approvals or renewals to use their industrial premises to house foreign workers.
These conditions will kick in from Jan 1, 2017. The move comes on the heels of MOM's call earlier this month to FCD operators to raise housing standards and its consultations with industry stakeholders.
The new conditions are:
1. Provision of feedback channel for workers to report issues related to the housing conditions of the FCD.
2. Provision of personal locker for each worker.
3. Provision of at least one sick bay in the FCD. Alternatively, the operator can develop a contingency plan to deal with cases of infectious diseases.
4. Provision of Wi-Fi within the FCD.
Operators have to submit documentary proof to show they have met all the conditions, before they are allowed to operate the FCDs. They are also required to adhere to these conditions at all times during their operations.
MOM will continue to conduct regular inspections and will take enforcement action against operators who fail to meet or adhere to these conditions.
Announcing the new conditions at an FCD seminar on Wednesday, Minister of State for Manpower Teo Ser Luck said that it is crucial for dormitory operators to put in place measures to ensure that the dormitories are properly maintained, and that the living conditions of the workers are of reasonable standards.
Over the past year, MOM has inspected almost all the existing FCDs in operation and found several FCDs to be poorly run, he said.
"However, I am heartened to note that most FCDs MOM inspected met the required standards," Mr Teo added. "Some have even gone beyond the minimum, and equipped their dormitories with facilities and amenities to cater to the social and recreational needs of the foreign workers."