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

1. All dragon boat activity to cease at PSI level >150 at either 3hr and/or 24hr readings.

2. At PSI level <150, 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.

3. PSI reading at 24hr is relevant for South Sector, where Marina Reservoir is located. In other Reservoirs where dragon boating is under the purview of other organizations (i.e. PA Water Venture, etc.), shall abide to the control set by that organization, with the exception of SDBA-organized and/or sanctioned dragon boat events/races.

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.

SDBA’s Action Plan

1. PSI Level: 0 to 50

Condition: Good

2. PSI Level: 51 to 100

Condition: Moderate

3. PSI Level: 101 to 200

Condition: Unhealthy

a. SDBA added-control: PSI<150

Team Managers/Coaches/Captains to review condition and health status of the crew, attention to signs and symptoms of respiratory distress, (i.e. running nose, watery eyes, sore throat and coughing, etc.). If signs & symptoms are present, to stop the dragon boating activity.

b. SDBA added-control: PSI>150

All dragon boating activity, on land or water, must cease.

4. PSI Level: 201 to 300

Condition: Very Unhealthy

No dragon boating activity permitted.

5. PSI Level: Above 300

Condition: Hazardous

No dragon boating activity permitted.

Advisory

1. If decision is to proceed with activity (i.e. PSI<150, etc.), The Team Manager, Coach and/or Captain to physically check every single 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, Coach and/or Captain to constantly monitor crew member(s) for respiratory distress, namely running nose, watery eyes, sore throat and coughing.

4. Team Manager, Coach and Captain 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. In Team Manager’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 Saturday 27 September 2015.

Next review of this plan will be when NEA announced the start of the “haze months” in 2016.