Singapore Haze Chokes Businesses

The haze from forest burning in Sumatra continues to affect Singapore and southern Malaysia, with the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reaching hazardous levels at times during the past week. The situation may continue for several weeks, as weather conditions and monsoonal winds are expected to remain the same.

 

The impact is already being felt in Singapore, with many companies offering employees the opportunity to work from home over concerns of health and safety.

 

Risk management advisor, Marsh, notes that supply chains may be affected, particularly where suppliers reduce their workforce or business activities.

 

Marsh Risk Consulting recommends that a company’s management review its risk management controls, human resource policies, crisis management plans, and crisis communications capabilities.

 

"While many firms have procedures or plans for emergencies that impact on business continuity and/or crisis management, they may not adequately cover a situation such as prolonged periods of haze affecting employees and the general population on a wide scale," says a report released by Marsh. "Even companies that have prepared crisis plans over the last few years may not have had the opportunity to evolve or test those plans fully."

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