Air pollution in London: Living and working in London
Barnet UNISON has a large number of members some of whom work outside for all of their time or a large part of their time in work.
The dangers of air pollution has become increasingly more worrying, numerous reports have produced data that show dangerous levels of toxins in the air.
The Times Newspaper recently published an article entitled:
“London air pollution mapped: how does your child’s school compare?”
“An analysis of 2,000 school sites shows that pupils at every school in the capital are exposed to an annual average higher than 10 micrograms per cubic metre, the level recommended by the World Health Organisation.”
Barnet UNISON downloaded the data and discovered 91 Barnet schools had been exposed to air pollution which exceeded the recommended limits by the World Health Organisation.
You can download the spreadsheet by clicking the link below
The following are a series of questions that our branch is seeking answers to.
- What toxic chemicals are in the air?
- What do these toxic chemicals do to our bodies?
- What health issues can these toxins cause?
- What health checks can be carried out now to test the impact of toxins in the air?
- Which NHS service is able to carry out health checks on the impact of air pollution?
- Will wearing some type of face mask or other protective equipment help mitigate the impact of air pollution?
- Will wearing some type of face mask or other protective equipment be better than no mask at all?
- Who is ultimately responsible for air pollution in London?
- Should the employer be responsible for carrying out risk assessments for any of their staff exposed to dangerous toxins in the air?
- What measures should the employer take to ensure staff do not suffer any ill health problems due to working outside and breathing in toxins in the air?
- Should the employer provide staff with some type of face mask or other protective equipment from the toxins in the air?
- Should the employer provide some type of health checks for staff regularly exposed to air pollution?
If you have answers to these questions please email the branch on firstname.lastname@example.org