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Time to Breathe Air Pollution Campaign

36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, according to a government report. Outdoor workers have been ignored for too long as our pollution crisis deepens. They have a right to clean air. It’s Time to Breathe.

Time to Breathe calls on employers, policy-makers and regulators to start taking seriously the risk of ambient air pollution to the health of outdoor workers.

If you care about the health of outdoor workers, Time to Breathe is the campaign for you. Our free pollution app Canairy, built in partnership with King’s College, London, will help outdoor workers reduce their exposure to air pollution. Apply for the app here.

Time to Breathe’s White paper explores the evidence and assesses what actions the Government, employers and stakeholders should take to minimise the health impacts of pollution on outdoor workers.

The campaign is providing visual materials to encourage people to stop, think and act to reduce air pollution exposure. Please share these free images. Together we can all cut-through the inertia that is putting lives at risk.

Canairy App

Time to Breathe - Professor Frank Kelly

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Outdoor workers in their thousands include street cleaners, refuse workers, traffic police, cycle couriers, construction workers, maintenance workers, newspaper sellers, gardeners, teachers or security guards working on busy roads. As a group, they help us cross the road, guard our children, fill potholes, deliver our food and ensure we have clean water, electricity, WiFi or cycle lanes.

Time to Breathe is calling for:

  • Everyone to reduce their pollution footprint. Let’s use clean energy, cycle and walk more
  • Employers to take ambient air pollution seriously and protect their outdoor workers from the worst levels of toxic air
  • Workers and trades unions to raise this issue with their employers and show the evidence about the risks. See Unite’s Diesel Exhaust Emissions Register
  • The Government to start collecting data on how many outdoor workers there are and where they work. So we can better protect this vulnerable group
  • Government to ensure we have detailed pollution and health data (including on hospital admissions) in all cities and towns up and down the UK
  • Those authorities that oversee the protection of workers, our health and the environment must collect evidence and act together for the benefit of vulnerable groups like outdoor workers
  • Support of the campaign by Rosamund Kissi-Debrah to find out how her daughter Ella died.

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    Canairy: the pollution app for outdoor workers

    Find out more about Canairy, the pollution app for outdoor workers.

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    Information for employers

    Find out how you can protect the health of your outdoor workers.

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    Research

    What does the evidence say and what can be done? White paper coming soon. 

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    Downloads

    Download visual materials to encourage people to stop and think about the issues.

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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 events to promote Time to Breathe throughout 2019.

We would love to hear about what you are doing to tackle air pollution or if you would like to get involved in Time to Breathe.

Please send a message to timetobreathe@britsafe.org and one of our team will be in touch.

Please follow us on social media @BritSafe and use the hashtags:

#timetobreathe
#canairy
#cleanairwork

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