By THE NATION
Dr Pornthida Thepprasit, director of the Environment Centre at Suan Dusit University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, says the centre is organizing activities to promote awareness and self-protection skills against PM2.5 dust particles and other forms of air pollution among primary students (Prathom 1-6) at La-or Utis Demonstration School in Bangkok’s Dusit district. “This campaign is under the supervision of the Committee for Occupational Safety, Health and Work Environment in the Workplace, which is chaired by Suan Dusit’s deputy dean of administration, Dr Phithak Chancharoen.”
Pornthida further explained that the centre launched the programme to respond to the severe air pollution that has affected the metropolitan area since January-February. High levels PM2.5 – atmospheric particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 micrometres – have been detected in many areas of Bangkok and are having a negative effect on people’s health.
“Suan Dusit University is especially concerned about the health of preschool and primary school children in Bangkok and its perimeter who have to commute between home and school five days a week,” she said. “We are therefore organising workshop and training sessions for students to learn about the PM2.5 situation, the health impacts of air pollution, and how they can protect themselves.”
According to Pornthida, the activities are divided into 6 stations covering different aspects of PM2.5 that children need to learn: 1) What is PM2.5; 2) What are health impacts of PM2.5; 3) Factors that cause PM2.5; 4) How to protect yourself against PM2.5; 5) How to monitor PM2.5 situation, and 6) Air quality inspection techniques.
“This campaign is also in accordance with Suan Dusit University’s policy to become an environmentally responsible institute through the ‘Clean & Green University’ initiative,” she added.