Businesses ready to cope if haze returns
With fresh stocks of masks ready and contingency plans in place, companies from construction firms to hotels say they will be prepared for the haze if it returns to Singapore.
Their confidence is a contrast from last month, when record levels of haze took many construction companies by surprise, as Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) president Ho Nyok Yong noted.
Now, firms in various sectors say they are ready to follow Manpower Ministry guidelines, which outline what to do at higher Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) levels.
If the 24-hour PSI crosses 200, for instance - when strenuous outdoor work should be avoided - construction firms doing high- rise and lifting work will stop their operations for safety, as visibility is reduced, bosses said.