Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers: British Safety Council (BSC) – ‘Time To Breathe Campaign’ – ‘Free’ Air Pollution Webinar – Weds 31 July 2019, 11:30am – 12:30pm (Everybody has a right to clean air. At a time where 36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, the increased risk to outdoor workers is being ignored).
In March the British Safety Council (BSC) launched their ‘Time to Breathe’ campaign, the principles of which the CWU fully supports. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the implications of ambient air pollution on the health of outdoor workers.
36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, according to a government report. Outdoor workers have been ignored for too long as the pollution crisis deepens. Workers have a right to clean air. ‘Time to Breathe’ calls on employers, policy-makers and regulators to start taking seriously the risk of ambient air pollution to the health of outdoor workers.
BSC are hosting a ‘Free’ webinar, “Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers” on Wednesday 31st July. Experts from the British Safety Council, King’s College London and the British Heart Foundation will all be participating. The webinar will offer invaluable advice on how employers can mitigate the risk of ambient air pollution to their outdoor workers. Safety Reps are free to participate.
The webinar will take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Register for the BSC webinar ‘Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers: Cutting Through the Inertia’ to learn more about the implications of ambient air pollution on the health of outdoor workers.
- Wednesday 31 July 2019
- 11:30am – 12.30pm (BST)
- Rebecca Elliott, Senior Policy Officer at the British Heart Foundation,
- Andrew Grieve, Senior Air Quality Analyst at King’s College London and
- Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns and Engagement at the British Safety Council. They’ll provide invaluable advice on what employers can do to mitigate the risk of ambient air pollution to their outdoor workers.
Time to Breathe Air Pollution Campaign
Outdoor workers in their thousands include Postal and Telecoms workers, drivers, utility workers, street cleaners, refuse workers, traffic police, couriers, construction workers, maintenance workers, newspaper sellers, gardeners, teachers, security guards etc., many working on busy roads.
Time to Breathe is calling for:
- Employers to take ambient air pollution seriously and protect their outdoor workers from the worst levels of toxic air.
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recognise exposure to ambient air pollution as an occupational health issue and adopt a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) for Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEE).
- Improvements to pollution monitoring across the UK so that all regions have the same accuracy as London for emissions data.
- The UK to adopt World Health Organisation (WHO) exposure limits for the main pollutants of nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and ozone.
- Everyone to reduce their pollution footprint. Let’s use clean energy, cycle and walk more to reduce emissions.
- Workers and trade unions to raise this issue with their employers and show the evidence about the risks.
Time to Breathe Campaign Resources:https://www.britsafe.org/campaigns-policy/time-to-breathe-air-pollution-campaign/downloads/
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer