Air pollution - protective devices

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-09-09
Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2451
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What advice and/or protective devices do each of the GLA functional bodies give direct and sub-contracted employees who are required to work for long periods in public spaces where ambient air pollution exceeds European Union limit values?

Answer

Answer for Air pollution - protective devices

Answer for Air pollution - protective devices

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL GLA direct and sub-contracted employees are covered by Workplace Exposure Limits as regulated by the Health and Safety Executive. These exist for a wide range of relevant air pollutants and are expressed in terms of short term or long-term exposure. The contractors have processes and work practices in place to deal with these issues as part of health safety and environment management systems.

LFEPA LFEPA does not provide employees with specific ambient air pollution advice or protective devices for working in public spaces. The risk to LFEPA personnel in terms of exposure to ambient air pollution is negligible when going about their normal duties.

The PM10 short-term limit for particulates is unlikely to be exceeded as LFEPA employees do not work at the same location for 24 hours. When working on the roadway - tackling fire or working at a traffic collision - normal procedures mean traffic would be diverted or restricted, so reducing NO2 levels in the environment.

GLA At Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square a number of contractors and sub contractors are employed providing maintenance, cleaning and planting. All are employed on fixed contracts with the GLA and have to comply with the legislative requirements governing Personal Protective Equipment enforced within the respective Terms and conditions of their contract.

LDA The LDA's day-to-day activities do not expose staff or contractors to long periods of air pollution. If this were considered a risk on a specific activity, then it would be identified in the task Risk Assessment. All risks require safety controls to be identified and appropriate personal protective equipment would be specified and provided if necessary.

MPA MPA does not have employees who are required to work for long periods in public spaces where ambient air pollution exceeds European Union limit values.