Thursday, 15 August 2019, Kuching: Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) will strictly monitor the current haze situation to ensure the health of workers who are involved in the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project is not compromised.
LBU senior environmental officer Parimala Muniandy said it is the responsibility of LBU, being the Project Delivery Partner for the project, to monitor the situation by keeping track of the situation before issuing any guidelines to site offices.
“Based on the air pollutant index (API) so far, the situation has not reached an alarming stage except for ILP Miri and Sri Aman which have reached a very dangerous level.
“We, together with the main contractors will follow strictly to the guidelines issued by the relevant authorities should the haze worsen.
The Health Ministry, Parimala said had so far issued a general guideline on what to do such as to stay indoor and use facial mask when one is outdoor.
“We would advise all the workers to use facial mask and at the same time to drink more water to keep themselves hydrated.
“The health and well-being of all the workers will not be compromised. We will do what is necessary,” she said.
On the road users, Parimala advised them not to speed as the visibility could be reduced during haze.
“Road users are also advised to switch on the headlights for better visibility,” she added.
As at 9am today, the air quality at ILP Miri and Sri Aman was at its very unhealthy level at the API reading of 242 and 213 respectively.
An API level of between 51 and 100 indicates air quality that is moderate; between 101 and 200, unhealthy; between 201 and 300, very unhealthy; and above 300, hazardous.
Other places remained at moderate level.