SINGAPORE – Mr. Nashrudin R. Azman’s job is to get rid of parasites, but he says his role is more that of a “pest control doctor” than that of a serial killer.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to a (pest infested) place and do (a) chemical spray and kill the bugs. We’re in the professional pest control line,” said the chief foreman of Pest. controlling company Aardwolf Pestkare.
He and his team prefer to meet the challenge by protecting a place from pests and cleaning the source, like a flowerpot filled with swimming mosquito larvae. The last resort would be to turn to pesticides and fogging, said Nashrudin, 33, who has worked at the company for almost 13 years.
On Thursday (December 16), he was one of 27 employees in the Environmental Services (ES) industry, who received the annual ES Star Awards.
The awards, organized by the National Environment Agency (AEN), recognize workers in the cleaning services, waste management and pest control sectors. The 27 winners will also receive $ 100 gift certificates.
Another 389 employees in the ES industry will receive certificates of excellence and $ 50 gift certificates.
Manpower Minister Tan See Leng, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony held at the Environment Building in Scotts Road, said 2021 had been a difficult year for workers. employees in the ES sector due to labor constraints resulting from a number of workers with Covid-19 and many others being quarantined.
“This is in addition to employees facing fatigue and burnout amid increasing cases of Covid-19.
“Nonetheless, our environmental service heroes continued their duty of defending Singapore’s public health defenses by ensuring a clean and safe environment for everyone,” he added.
Dr Tan noted that the progressive salary model for the cleaning industry, and soon for waste management, will help increase workers’ wages, upgrade their skills and provide them with clearer progression paths.
Increasing the adoption of technology by the ES industry and attracting young people to join the sector are key areas in addressing workforce constraints, the NEA noted Thursday.
One of the 27 recipients of the ES Star Awards, Ms. Hong Peiyu, 38, joined the waste management department two years ago as part of a retraining program at Workforce Singapore.
She is currently the Director of Operations at the integrated waste management company TEE Environmental. In order to understand the workflow, she joined the waste collection team on their tours and helped remove two collection routes, reduce fuel consumption and truck emissions.
Ms. Hong, who was previously a salesperson in a food and beverage distribution company, said, “To be frank, before joining (waste management), I thought this industry would be the last one to come to me. spirit.”
She also noted that the industry has traditionally been dominated by men. “As the country advocates (works) towards a zero waste nation, I said to myself that I should give it a try and contribute to the environmental industry,” Ms. Hong added.
The job also takes ingenuity, as Mr. Nashrudin can attest in his battle with a cunning rat who left bacteria-infested feces and fed on raw ingredients at a restaurant in Holland Village.
The rodent was able to escape the traps. He and his team therefore had to set up cameras and sensors in the area to track his movements before eventually managing to ambush the unwanted invader.