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Time to Breathe: Air Pollution Campaign

Every year, in the UK, 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution, according to the Royal College of Physicians. It is associated with heart disease, strokes, pulmonary disease, reductions in cognition and can endanger unborn babies.

We know that many outdoor workers, including road maintenance workers, street cleaners, telecom engineers, couriers and more are working in highly polluted areas and on or near busy roads.

Time to Breathe is calling on all employers to make sure their outdoor workers are exposed to as little health-damaging air pollution as possible while they are at work and offering innovative tools, information and looking for Supporters to raise the issue.

Canairy: the pollution app for outdoor work (coming soon)

Canairy, the highly innovative British Safety Council Mobile App, is being developed in partnership with King's College, London and will provide real-time information about air pollution levels for London-based employers and workers.

Canairy will focus on measuring nitrogen dioxide, ozone and the tiny particulates PM2.5 and PM10 that can penetrate deep into the body and alert employers and workers when levels exceed WHO levels.  

As the pollution data in London is the best in the country, Canairy will be a vital tool for employers in their health risk assessments and to inform people’s decision making.

Find out more on how to become a Supporter

Air pollution is an issue across all our major cities as well as in the countryside and British Safety Council is planning a series of public stunts to promote Time to Breathe throughout 2019.

We would love to hear about what you are doing to tackle air pollution and please let us know if you would like to know more about the campaign or get involved.

Please send a message to and one of our team will be in touch.