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Old 19-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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MOM guidelines for the Haze. Can use this to escape work bo?


Important part

At PSI > 100, outdoor work involving strenuous activity should be minimised. Any
employee who has difficulty using respirators while working outdoors should be deployed to
work indoor.

At PSI > 200, outdoor work involving strenuous activity should be avoided.

At PSI>300, risk assessments should be conducted to determine whether outdoor
lifting operations involving tower and mobile cranes should cease due to the foreseeable risk
of poor visibility, so as not to compromise safety of persons at work. Such work can only be
carried out when appropriate precautions have been taken to reduce the risk. Employers
are reminded of their duties under the WSH Act to provide and maintain for their employees
a work environment which is safe, without risk to health, and adequate as regards facilities
and arrangements for their welfare at work. In addition to the Workplace Safety and Health
Act, failure to implement effective risk management to eliminate or minimise WSH risks is
also an offence under the WSH (Risk Management) Regulations. The penalty for the first
offence is a maximum fine of $10,000 . For a second or subsequent offence, the penalty is a
fine of up to $20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

At PSI > 400, there will be an increased risk of ill health for all persons, including
employees conducting non-strenuous outdoor work. Hence, the risk assessment will need
to include the impact of haze on the health of all employees, especially those working
outdoors. If the risk of ill health cannot be mitigated, the work activity should stop. For those
engaged in emergency and essential services, the risk should be mitigated by wearing
suitable respirators.
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