Concern on the construction works during the haze. ( Haze PSI 3-hour 82)

  Lee Bee Wah

Some of the residents in Dewspring raised the concern on the construction works during the haze. This is the reply from HDB for sharing:

The construction site next to Dew Spring is Vista Spring which is about 80% completed. I like to assure you that HDB do take concern on the foreign workers health during this haze situation. We have spoken to the consultants and contractors at all the sites at Yishun to issue masks for their workers and to request them to use it when working outdoor when the haze level is high/hazardous. A clear guidelines has also been provided to guide consultants and contractors. They are outlined below.

a) Contractors’ Project Manager/ WSHO and Consultant Project Manager must monitor the PSI readings (both 24-hour and 3-hour) closely. They must strictly heed to the advisory guidelines from MOM and carry out the required actions.

b) All workers working outdoor must be issued with N95 masks. When the PSI exceeds 200, the Contractors’ Project Manager/WSHO must advise the workers to wear the masks while working outdoors.

c) During the working day, should the 3-hourly PSI exceeds 300, the Contractor should carry out risk assessment to assess the impact of haze on the health of workers working outdoors. Risk assessment should also consider the safety risk posed by poor visibility for work activities such as lifting operations involving tower and mobile cranes, and outdoor works at height. If the risk of ill health and safety cannot be mitigated, the Contractor may decide, in consultation with the Consultant and HDB, to stop outdoor work activities for part of the day and resume when the haze condition improves.

d) When the 24-hour PSI level exceeds 300, the Contractor must carry out risk assessment on all outdoor activities, particularly to assess the impact of haze on the health and safety of workers working outdoors. If the risk of ill health and safety cannot be mitigated, the Contractor will decide, in consultation with the Consultant and HDB, to stop outdoor work activities. In addition, outdoor works involving strenuous physical activity should be avoided or scaled down. Examples of such strenuous activities are hacking work like trimming of pile heads and formwork erection. The Contractor and Consultant must jointly decide, in the risk assessment, what these strenuous physical activities are.

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Construction company issued stop work order at HDB site during height of haze

Construction company Tiong Seng issued a stop work order for two hours last Thursday at the site of a Housing Board development Waterway Terraces.

Company director Derick Pay told reporters that the PSI level was around 400 at noon on Thursday. The company ceased work to protect the health of the over 500 construction workers at the Punggol site.

Mr Pay was speaking to reporters ahead of a visit by Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen, who is also chairman of the haze interagency task force, and Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.

Tiong Seng has also provided all workers with N95 masks and conducts daily briefings on the haze situation. Mr Pay said the company had already stockpiled some masks before the haze worsened and did not have problems getting more.

ST : Construction company issued stop work order at HDB site during height of haze

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