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 research the Health and Safety Executive is undertaking to better understand the effect of polluted air on the health of outdoor workers.

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

The Health and Safety Executive is not currently undertaking any research to better understand the effect of polluted air on the health of outdoor workers.

Defra and the Devolved Administrations carry out air quality modelling both to provide information on concentrations of pollutants in places where they do not monitor and to predict concentrations under different situations, for example in the future or as a result of possible new policies.

The UK Stratospheric Ozone and UV monitoring programme funded by Defra and the Devolved Administrations provides ozone and UV background information and includes a map of the ozone and UV monitoring stations across the UK.

Defra and the Devolved Administrations also support a number of research networks that gather data about certain air pollutants.

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