Channel NewsAsia: More environmental control officers for construction industry

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) have collaborated to train environmental control officers to check on environmental health issues at construction sites. The Channel NewsAsia story below.

More environmental control officers for construction industry

SINGAPORE: Authorities are stepping up measures to check on environmental health problems like mosquito breeding and pollution at construction sites.

Last week, there were 211 new cases, exceeding the epidemic level.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has partnered Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to train environmental control officers, who will help to keep construction sites free of such problems.

NEA expects to add about 900 more such officers to the construction industry over the next three years.

Currently, there are 1,691 of them.

On Tuesday, 66 received their certification as environmental control officers.

The course, which takes up to one month to complete, teaches trainees various aspects of environmental public health.

The 48-hour course – to be completed in five days or 16 sessions – teaches them how to prevent mosquito breeding and soil erosion, as well as pest control and waste management.

SP recommends the course for supervisory staff in the construction industry.

With more construction sites now located closer to residential and industrial areas, NEA and SP said it is important to ensure they do not cause health and pollution problems.

Chia Cher Kok, a certified environmental control officer, said: “Before the course, I understood there were few variants of mosquitoes.

“But after the course, I didn’t expect that, actually, there’re so many different kinds of mosquitoes that can really harm us.”

V Maheantharan, director of Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy at SP, said: “We hope to conduct other courses which are relevant.

“Now, we also conduct noise control, water control and hygiene courses. We’re also looking into a new programme for occupational hygiene.”

Image taken from Rodrigo P. Antunes

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