Larger living spaces, private toilets among improved standards for all new migrant worker dormitories
MORE SPACIOUS ROOMS, BETTER VENTILATION
The new dormitories will be modular, with rooms equipped with private toilets. The rooms will be more spacious, with at least 4.2 m² of living space per inhabitant, instead of 3.5 m², with beds spaced at least 1 m apart.
All rooms will have Wi-Fi coverage and occupancy will be capped at 12. Previously there was no cap on the number of residents per room, although most rooms have 12-16 residents “in practice”, MOM said.
Common facilities, such as the kitchen, dining room and laundry room, will now be segmented, with each section serving no more than 120 residents.
In addition, there will be at least one set of toilet, bathroom and sink for six residents, against a set of toilet, bathroom, sink and urinal in common or en suite for 15 residents.
Dormitories and toilets will be better ventilated, and each toilet should have at least one exhaust. There must also be an “adequate number” of fans, reasonably spaced throughout the room, to ensure sufficient air circulation, MOM said.
Previously, ventilation was subject to the Building and Construction Authority’s current natural ventilation requirements, such as requiring windows or openings to make up at least 5% of the room’s floor area.
The government will also improve early detection and rapid isolation of sick residents, with increased capacities in isolation facilities and requirements to conduct wastewater monitoring.
The new dormitories will have at least 10 isolation beds per 1,000 places, compared to the current ratio of one isolation bed per 1,000 places.
An additional 15 isolation beds per 1,000 beds must be put in place during pandemics, MOM said.
There should also be at least one outlet per sleeping area, and a “sufficient number” of outlets in common areas is encouraged. There are currently no requirements for power outlets.
The new standards will apply to all new dormitories, including purpose-built dormitories, factory-converted dormitories, temporary construction quarters, and temporary occupancy permit quarters.
They will also apply to all new applications submitted on or after Saturday to the relevant government agencies for permission to develop a dormitory.
“For existing dormitories, we are looking at improvements that can be made within the current constraints of the infrastructure being built,” MOM said.
SITES IN KRANJI AND JALAN TUKANG
Two new specially constructed dormitories will be inaugurated in Kranji and Jalan Tukang, to be completed over the next three years.
Together, they will provide at least 12,500 beds – the Kranji site will have at least 10,000 beds, while the Jalan Tukang site in Jurong will have around 2,500 beds.
“To ensure the timely construction of beds (of purpose-built dormitories) in the current economic climate, the government will build and own these dormitories, while day-to-day operations will be managed by a dormitory operator,” MOM said in his press release.
“Due to our limited floor space, some dormitories may need to be located closer to residential areas. We hope Singaporeans will continue to support these workers who build and maintain our homes and public spaces. “