JOHOR BARU: The Department of Environment (DoE) will be monitoring the air quality round the clock at all 111 primary and secondary schools in Pasir Gudang.
State DoE director Wan Abdul Latiff Wan Jaafar said the air quality monitoring period would be extended for another week from Monday (July 8) until Saturday (July 13) using multi rare gas detectors.
"These machines were given to schools last week to monitor the air quality starting Thursday (July 4) until Saturday (July 6), and readings were made four times a day.
"This time around, teachers will still collect the data four times a day, but the machines will always be on to monitor air quality the whole week," he said.
He was met by reporters after a programme to hand over the multi rare gas detectors at the Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium here on Monday (July 8).
He added that although DoE had not detected any anomalies in the past week, but still needed to carry out continual and detailed monitoring.
"The schools will need to notify us if the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) reading in the air is high, even if the reading is just 1 part per million (ppm).
"Upon receiving the notification, we will go to the schools to take more accurate readings using Gasmet, which can measure more than 50 parameters," he said, adding that the report would then be collected and analysed.
Teachers would need to collect data at 7.30am, 9.30am, 12pm and 3pm each day, and inform the DoE if there are any anomalies through a WhatsApp group between the agencies and schools.
Wan Abdul Latiff also recommended that machine are placed inside a locked room and in an elevated position, such as the third floor of a building.