Delhi pollution: Job rotation to air purifiers, Singapore has a plan in place

The guidelines were based on a Pollution Standards Index (PSI), similar to India’s National Air Quality Index.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2016 1:36 pm
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WITH THE sharp fall in Delhi’s air quality prompting the government to put together an emergency plan for the coming week, including shutting schools and asking employees to work from home, there are some lessons to be learned from the model implemented in Singapore three years ago.

In 2013, after Singapore faced a record-breaking haze like the one that has blanketed Delhi, the country’s National Environment Agency and the ministries of education and manpower got together to formulate a set of guidelines, specifically for schools and employers, and that includes providing masks and installing air purifiers.

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The guidelines were based on a Pollution Standards Index (PSI), similar to India’s National Air Quality Index, which takes into account six pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM10) and fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and ozone (O3).

 

FOR EMPLOYERS

100 PSI or more (Good/moderate): Initiate measures to protect against haze.

101-200 (Unhealthy): Measures such as use of mechanical aids, job rotation, indoor rest breaks, adequate hydration.

201-300 (Very unhealthy): Use of mechanical aids, job rotation, indoor rest breaks, adequate hydration. If outdoor work is unavoidable, employer has to provide masks.

300 and above (Hazardous): Job redeployment, reducing intensity and duration of outdoor work, regular breaks or postponement of non-essential jobs. Masks or respirators to be provided for outdoor work.

FOR SCHOOLS
100 or more (Good/moderate): Normal activities.

101-200 (Unhealthy): Minimise outdoor exertion. Exempt students who are ill or with lung or heart conditions from strenuous outdoor exertion. Students and staff who are ill to be moved to air-conditioned room with air purifier before they are provided medical attention.

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201-300 (Very unhealthy): Minimise outdoor activities. Students who are unwell or with pre-existing lung or heart conditions to exempted from all outdoor activities. Students to be housed in enclosed indoor space with air purifiers. Students and staff who are ill to be moved to air-conditioned room with air purifier before they are provided medical attention.

300 or more (Hazardous): Avoid outdoor activities, scale down lessons. Students who are unwell to be moved to enclosed indoor space with air purifiers. Students and staff who are ill to be moved to air-conditioned room with air purifier before they are provided medical attention.

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First Published on: November 7, 2016 4:06 am
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    Satendra kumar
    Nov 7, 2016 at 1:30 am
    The Singapore plan should be admired and implemented for betterment of delhilite.
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      Romik
      Nov 6, 2016 at 11:41 pm
      Grow more trees; More green cover needed
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        Vkc
        Nov 7, 2016 at 3:15 am
        Thisis like comparing apple to oranges or even worse. Singapore has been always pioneerin air quality control. We r at least 30years behind. Stupid article!!
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          Satish
          Nov 7, 2016 at 1:21 am
          In Singapore, haze was caused by smoke from Indonesian fires. Singapore has fantastic measures in place. Green over is never comprised and newer buildings have creepers and trees planted to maximise greenery.
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            Kaliyug
            Nov 8, 2016 at 1:24 am
            Now send a bunch of misfits to Singapore for their shopping holiday, while they use the taxpayer's money to learn what Singapore does during hazy days.
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              Charan Jit
              Nov 7, 2016 at 4:06 am
              THIS IS WHAT IN PROFESSIONAL PARLANCE IS CALLED "LOPSIDED DEVELOPMENT".lt;br/gt;INDIAN ORIGIN PROFESSIONALS LIVING OVERSEAS LIKE ME ARE READY TO HELP, BUT INDIAN POLITICIAN FOR REASON UNKNOWN ARE NOT WILLING TO LISTEN AND ACT.lt;br/gt;GOD SAVE INDIA.
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                disgusted
                Nov 7, 2016 at 4:24 am
                Please write to PMO
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                  Ashok Mazumdar
                  Nov 7, 2016 at 5:13 am
                  He has No Child, he may not know / Understand the Problems of Children. Vikas Vikas means just a Slogan/Jumla
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                    R.Mehta
                    Nov 7, 2016 at 3:36 am
                    Delhi has lot of greenery and comparatively very less construction work as compared to Gurgaon ,noida etc.What is required is clearing of dust from the roads ,which should be done after evening hours and the dust which is removed from the pavements ,should be immediately removed ,instead of allowed to remain there ,as the same goes back to the streets with the wind and vehicular traffic..That will solve 50% problem of people .For thd rest authorities should talk to nearby officialz of nearby cities from where problem of crop burning and dust particles due to large construction works are coming
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                      Sunil
                      Nov 7, 2016 at 3:26 am
                      Kejriwal needs to keep focused on being the CM of Delhi instead of interfering in Federal politics. He has no idea about the national interest, let alone about governing Delhi, implementing plans and focusing on long term strategic goals to move Delhi forward. He needs to mind his own business and work for Delhi for a change and I hope he is voted out.
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                        Pmg Pillai
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm
                        Only a regular plan based on chemistry can resolve thisissue that is discover agas which isharless but can disry thepoution then fil itin pltic tsnks and fly thse to the ot andvrryout utmtiv spry inthe viibity soon all polluton will vish but lan a rgilr avtioof thistpe and crsybly s permnent lyion wil dveop fromthis to ensure atmisphriv poltion doesnot afect normfunctiong dated monday Novdmber 07th 2015Time0525hrs ist
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                          Tarun Khanna
                          Nov 7, 2016 at 1:11 am
                          What a nonsense article. It talks if measures to be taken if psi is about 300. The psi in Delhi is over 600! Such steps are useless . It doesnt talk of improving the air quality by changing our lifestyle etc. I dint live in Delhi so good luck to you. We Indians still dont realise the extent of the problem , such ad hoc and emergency measures do not dolve the oroblem.
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                            ProdyotPran
                            Nov 7, 2016 at 2:43 am
                            I wonder why Kejriwal is not protesting against the Delhi government.lt;br/gt;I wonder why Kejriwal is not screaming -ye Delhi governmentwale apne baap, beta-betiyo ke bhi nahin hai.lt;br/gt;Oooopppppssss........!!
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                              KSP
                              Nov 7, 2016 at 3:58 am
                              I woke up this morning to the sound of Crackers and felt the emergency measures go for a toss , But why should crackers be only blamed everyone keeps messing up with the environment since the effect of its can not be pinpoint. Time for Delhi Citizen to wake up and take care else this city would be un inhabitable for future children, as such its now , each child even before he knows what is smoking already a chain smoker.lt;br/gt;Its time each individual plants a tree each . the peak hour and peak day concept is diluted , Monday and friday in Gurgaon are bad traffic days, nearby cities are coaxed from stubble burning , till such time the discussions are going to be in paper, we will have winter rains and one day the sun will come out evrything will be back to normal till next november after Diwali
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