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British Safety Council hits out at government air quality targets

The British Safety Council has warned that new legally binding air quality targets for the UK, which passed the final stages of parliamentary scrutiny earlier this month, fall well short of what is needed to keep people safe. British Safety Council has been campaigning since 2019 to raise awareness of the impact that air pollution […]

Scotland air pollution ‘concerning’

The British Safety Council says it is concerned by data analysed by Friends of the Earth Scotland, which showed that air quality breached legal limits during 2021 in Glasgow despite traffic levels continuing to be lower due to Covid restrictions. Peter McGettrick, Chairman of British Safety Council, said: “It’s concerning to see how air pollution […]

British Safety Council updates Five Star Audit spec for 2021

The British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit has been revised and updated to place a greater emphasis on assessing how effectively an organisation manages risks to workers’ health and wellbeing together as well as business resilience and recovery. The Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit provides a quantified outcome with […]

BSA warns on risks to workers as COVID restrictions near end

The British Safety Council believes that while the withdrawal of some COVID regulations is valid, removing the mask mandate is the wrong decision to take now and risks real danger to workers. The Prime Minister has announced the removal of almost all COVID controls from 19 July, including rules on social distancing and the cap […]

Government ‘ignoring the facts’ on clean air targets

The Government has ignored calls by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee to change its Environment Bill to protect outdoor workers from the dangers of air pollution, with the The British Safety Council asserting that the ‘shocking’ reality for many outdoor workers in the UK is that they are breathing toxic air […]

British Safety Council publishes Air Pollution Manifesto

The British Safety Council has launched its Air Pollution Manifesto, which calls on all candidates standing for election as a Metro Mayor on 6 May 2021 to commit to a Time to Breathe 7-Point Plan. The industry body says air pollution is the UK’s largest environmental risk to health with 40,000 early deaths a year, including ‘deadly’ […]

British Safety Council develops app to ensure outdoor worker air quality

The British Safety Council in partnership with King’s College London have developed Canairy, which they say is the world’s first free mobile app to help employers minimise the risks of polluted air to outdoor workers. The app provides real-time information about air pollution levels for London-based employers and workers. It calculates a user’s hourly exposure to […]

British Safety Council calls for Government COVID health campaign for employers

The necessity for suitably robust COVID-19 workplace management arrangements has intensified since the highly transmissible new variant was identified last month, with the British Safety Council now urging the government to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the risks in the workplace. While making a workplace COVID secure as far as is reasonably practicable […]