More than two thirds of employees in the UK believe employers should take responsibility to ensure the air their staff are breathing in the workplace is safe, and 46% think employers should take more responsibility for staff exposure on their commutes.  

Professional drivers and outdoor workers are among the most exposed professions, but office employees can also be exposed to high levels of pollution, if they’re commuting into busy urban areas and travelling to and from work meetings. This is based on findings from personal monitoring study as part of the Air We Share campaign, where Hubbub and Kings College gave 10 diverse Londoner’s monitors to find out when and where people are most exposed.  

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We will be working closely with partner businesses to introduce well-being activities that address air pollution with their employees and act as a source of inspiration across the UK. Are you interested in joining the growing collaboration working to tackle this issue? Get in touch to find out more.

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5 ways your business can take action on air pollution today

1) Think flexibly 

Consider allowing employees to work from home on some days or stagger their start/finish times to avoid the roads during the most polluted hours. 

2) Incentivise active travel  

With pedestrians and cyclists being shown to be less exposed to air pollution overall than those using cars or public transport, incentivise staff to walk or cycle to work and between meetings, where possible. Consider signing up to the ‘cycle to work’ scheme and offering cycle safety training. 

3) Celebrate quiet ways and green spaces  

Taking back routes can reduce exposure by 50% on average, so share information about local clean air routes with employees so they can avoid areas of high pollution. Celebrate local green spaces and tranquil areas.   

4) Green up deliveries  

Streamline deliveries and servicing, and consider using an ultra-low emission supplier. Reduce personal deliveries to the office by encouraging employees to use ‘click & collect’ services. 

5) Make your building greener

Conduct an energy review and include the impact of pollutants. Upgrade and fine tune your Building Management System and consider installing low NoX boilers.

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