Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th March 2023 Issue no. 1058
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RAS expresses appreciation to its former president
Although she will still be serving on the Restroom Association Singapore Board Committee, Ms Tan Puay Hoon has stepped down from her role as Honorary RAS President and her colleagues have been lauding her efforts and successes at the helm and for tirelessly fronting many impactful initiatives amidst her tight schedule of managing her own retail consultancy business.
In 2003, she was invited to join RAS as a volunteer by the organisation's founder and newly-appointed advisor Jack Sim, and she had been an active volunteer until four years later, she was elected president. She led initiatives and programmes promoting clean washrooms to the whole community, from young to old. In 2008, she spearheaded and launched the Let's Observe Ourselves (LOO) Campaign, a campaign that targeted toilet owners, cleaning attendants and public users by adopting a four-pronged holistic approach:
- Encourage toilet owners to commit to the ownership of their clean toilet facilities by joining the Happy Toilet Programme.
- Train cleaning attendants with the right skills to maintain the toilets.
- Educate public users about toilet etiquette, personal hygiene and public health with public and school education programmes.
- Recognise organisations and individuals who have contributed to help Singapore achieve a world-recognised standard of toilet cleanliness.
During that time, RAS was awarded the Environmental Health Stewardship Award by the Society of Environmental Health for its contributions to the community. From 2008 to 2010, Tan Puay Hoon was also Chair for an Inter-Agencies Working Committee on Clean Toilets, with more than 25 participating organisations from the government and private sectors, jointly releasing an IAWC report, which was also a three-year blueprint on public washrooms.
In 2010, RAS was conferred the 'Institutions of a Public Character' status and it became an Associate Member of the National Council of Social Service in 2013.
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