Industrial Health and Safety

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Hammersmith

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Health and Safety Executive is taking to protect outdoor workers from the potential ill-health effects of long-term exposure to air pollution.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Executive is the independent regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain; it does not regulate environmental exposures. In the UK, responsibility for meeting air quality limit values is devolved to the national administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has responsibility for meeting the limit values in England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) co-ordinates assessment and air quality plans for the UK as a whole.

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