2013

Singapore Haze, Guidance for Employers

Date: 19 June 2013

The Singapore haze event has now entered its third day with reported levels in excess of 100 PSI, where the air quality is officially described as "unhealthy".  When PSI levels exceed 100, employees will be exposed to higher levels of safety and health risk due to poor visibility or ill effects of haze.

MOM have urged employers to minimise strenuous outdoor work amid haze. Under the Workplace Safety & Health Act (WSH Act), employers have a duty to protect their employees' safety and health at work. When PSI levels exceed 100, employees will be exposed to higher levels of safety and health risk due to poor visibility and/or ill effects of haze. Hence, it is incumbent upon employers to carry out a proper risk assessment and to implement appropriate measures, including specifying when to stop work, so as to ensure that risks identified are minimised or mitigated.

MOM guidance states that employers should

a) Identify susceptible employees

b) Identify types of outdoor work to be reduced when there is haze

c) Determine criteria for stopping outdoor work

d) Conduct respirator fit testing for employees who need to work outdoors

e) Ensure sufficient stock of disposable N95 respirators

f) Improve efficiency of air cleaning devices

g) Implement haze communication system between employer and employees

 

Further information is available at the MOM website at https://www.wshc.sg/wps/portal/bulletinview?action=viewBulletin&bulletinID=BU2013061715620

 

Employers who need further help in implementing these measures please contact IOM at rob.aitken@iom-world.sg

 

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