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British Safety Council responds to Government announcement of more funding to remove unsafe cladding

The sign of things to come

News that London’s homebuyers are being offered 20 per cent discounts for homes in polluted streets is a wakeup call for us all. It reflects the magnitude of the problem and the extent to which it affects every aspect of our lives.

Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns, British Safety Council, said:

“If air pollution is damaging house prices, imagine how it’s affecting the health of people who work outside in the most polluted parts of our cities. Thousands of people, from construction workers to couriers, work in illegal levels of air pollution day after day.”

Time to Breathe Campaign

In March 2019, the British Safety Council launched the Time to Breathe campaign to reduce outdoor workers’ exposure to ambient air pollution.

The cornerstone of the campaign is Canairy, a unique free mobile app that calculates an individual’s exposure to ambient air pollution based on the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) data and emissions modelling by King’s College London.

The employers supporting the app have been using it since March 2019 to collect the air pollution data of their workforce. Very shortly the British Safety Council will release the results of the first phase of this research.

Matthew Holder added:

“The Canairy data suggests that employers might need to adjust the ways they manage their outdoor staff to reduce their exposure to harmful levels of ambient air pollution. The British Safety Council would like to work with employers to help them do this.

“We also believe that a great leap forward on this issue will be made when the government and the regulators recognise that exposure to ambient air pollution is an occupational health hazard. Combined with other direct measures limiting air pollution, and policy tools, such as low emission zones, this approach will produce significant progress in the air pollution battle.”

About the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council believes that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work.

Since its foundation in 1957, the British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to the adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers, believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.

As part of its charitable work, the British Safety Council leads health and safety networking forums for all sectors, facilitates and promotes best practice in Britain and overseas. The British Safety Council also has a research function, both in-house and working with partners, that provides evidence-based guidance on a range of topics including well-being. It also offers a range of services and products, including training, qualifications, publications, audits and awards. The British Safety Council works closely with organisations, charities and individuals who share its vision of ensuring that every worker goes home at the end of the day as healthy as they were when they went to work.


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