Monday, May 25

Company to ensure Pan Borneo workers’ health not affected by haze


A photo from LBU shows the situation at the Sri Aman stretch.

KUCHING: Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) will strictly monitor the current haze situation to ensure the health of workers on the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project is not compromised.

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 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,” she said in a statement.

According to her, the Health Ministry has so far issued general guidelines on what to do such as to stay indoors and use face masks when outdoors.

“We would advise all the workers to use face masks 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.

Parimala also advised road users not to speed as visibility could be reduced during the haze.

“Road users are also advised to switch on headlights for better visibility,” she added.

The multi-billion-ringgit Pan Borneo Highway project involves 1,077km in Sarawak comprising 11 works package contractors (WPCs).

The first WPC stretch of 32.77km from Telok Melano to Sematan was completed in January.