Air Quality on Tube

MQT on 2012-01-25
Session date: 
January 25, 2012
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines for occupational exposure to 'dust' have not changed since 1998, yet the health effects of exposure to air pollution have become much better understood in recent years. Will you therefore adopt the precautionary principles put forward by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and Trades Union Congress (TUC), who suggest that employers should aim to keep exposure to 'respirable' and 'inhalable' dust below 1 mg/m3 and 5 mg/m3 respectively?


Answer for Air Quality on Tube

Answer for Air Quality on Tube

Answered By: 
The Mayor

LU regularly monitors levels of dust on the Tube within two parameters; air quality experienced by train staff and by station staff. Measurements show that these levels are consistently below the guidance levels recommended by HSE, Institute of Occupational Medicine and the Trades Union Congress.