SDBA Haze Action Plan

Executive Summary

This is the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) action plan for Haze Management for Dragon Boating Activity. SDBA adheres to the Haze Advisory issued by the National Environment Agency (NEA). Please refer to their website, www.haze.gov.sg. All dragon boat activity to cease at PSI level >200 at either 1hr PM2.5 and/or 24hr readings. 2. At PSI level 100 to 199, Teams are advised to review the condition and check on physical status of own crew. Whenever in doubt or undecided, all decision makers are advised to err on the side of safety and caution and cease the activity.

Background

This plan shall be activated during the “haze months” as announced by the National Environmental Agency (NEA)

OR

When the reported PSI Level > 100.

When to use 24hr and 1hr PM2.5 Readings

1. 24-HR PSI The 24-hour PSI is an interpretation of the historical 24-hour average of PM2.5 concentrations. It is primarily used to advise on major decisions, e.g. School closure, etc. whereby the decision needs to be made in advance.

SDBA will use the 24-hour PSI advisory to decide on the advance cancellation (by 24-hours in advance) of ALL dragon boat events.

Dragon Boat Teams may use the 24-hour PSI advisory to decide whether to proceed or cancel their dragon boating activity within the next 24 hours

2. 1-HR PM2.5 The 1-hour PM2.5 concentration readings are meant to guide immediate personal activities, current for the time period of that personal activity. It is a better near real-time gauge of current air quality.

It should be noted that the 1-hour PM2.5 concentration readings can be volatile and tend to fluctuate over the day as it is more sensitive and therefore more accurate of the current air quality than the 24-hour PSI readings.

Therefore, the 1-hour PM2.5 concentration reading should be used to decide on the immediate course of action during and/or for that available time frame.

SDBA will use the 1-hour PM2.5 concentration readings to decide on the cancellation of ALL dragon boat activities, on water and/or land (as long as the land activity is conducted outdoors). Dragon Boat Teams MUST REFER to the 1-hour PM2.5 concentration readings on whether to proceed or cancel their dragon boat activities, on water and/or land (as long as the land activity is conducted outdoors).

Action Plan

Phase 24hr PSI and 1hr PM2.5 Status Dragon Boat Activities Decision
0 Good (0-50) Normal Activities Proceed N/A
1 Moderate (51-100) Normal Activities Proceed Some people may show
signs of sensitivity, i.e.
running nose, eye
irritation, etc.
Team Managers,
Captains, Trainers,
Coaches or Authorized
Person(s) to decide
whether to proceed or
cease the activity
2 Unhealthy (101-200) Reduced prolonged
or strenuous
outdoor physical
exertion
Persons with
known medical
conditions should
AVOID prolonged
or strenuous
outdoor physical
exertion
Proceed with
Caution & Care
Team Managers,
Captains, Trainers,
Coaches or Authorized
Person(s) to decide
whether to proceed or
cease the activity
If proceeding:
1. Persons with
known medical
conditions
should be
prevented from
participating
2. Consider the
wearing of face
mask to help in
filtering the air
3. Reduce/limit the
dragon boat
event/ activity
sessions
3 Very Unhealthy (201-300) AVOID prolonged
or strenuous
outdoor physical
exertion
Suspend and/or
Stop all activities
All dragon boating
events/activities to be
suspended and/or
stopped
4 Hazardous (Above 300) No dragon boating event/activity permitted

Advisory for Dragon Boat Teams

1. If decision is to proceed with activity (when the 24-hour PSI and/or 1-
hour PM2.5 Concentration readings are <200), The Team Manager,
Captain, Trainer, Coach and/or Authorized Person(s) to physically
check that the crew member for first-indicator signs of respiratory
distress, namely running nose, watery eyes, sore throat and coughing.
2. If all these symptoms are present, the affected crew member shall not
be allowed to participate in the dragon boating activity.
3. During dragon boating activity, The Team Manager, Captain, Trainer,
Coach and/or Authorized Person(s)to constantly monitor crew
member(s) for respiratory distress, namely running nose, watery eyes,
sore throat and coughing.
4. The Team Manager, Captain, Trainer, Coach and/or Authorized
Person(s)to constantly monitor PSI level from NEA website,
www.haze.gov.sg
5. During dragon boating activity, final decision to proceed or cease the
activity will rest with the Team Manager and/or Authorized Person(s).
In Team Manager’s and/or Authorized Person(s) absence, final
decision will rest with The Coach.
6. Crew Member who are asthmatic is required to have their ‘Ventolin’
inhaler with them while undergoing the dragon boating activity.
Otherwise, they should be advised to refrain/abstain from
participating in the activity.
7. Crew Members who are unwell (sick), on medication, recovering from
an illness (counted as within 5 days after diagnosed with the
illness/ailment or general feeling of unwell) or think/suspect that they
are falling sick should abstain/refrain from participating in any dragon
boating activity.
8. Whenever in doubt or undecided, all decision makers are advised to
err on the side of safety and caution and cease the activity.

Conclusion

SDBA will adopt this plan, effective Friday 26th August 2016.
Next review of this plan will be when NEA announced the start of the
“haze months” in 2017.


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