Calls for air pollution to be recognised as an occupational health hazard

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The British Safety Council has called for air pollution to be classified as an occupational hazard in Britain as ambient air pollution is linked to cancer, lung and heart disease and early dementia. The report finds that air pollution is linked to up to 36,000 early deaths a year in the UK and is considered the biggest environmental risk to public health. In London alone, more than 9,400 people die prematurely due to poor air quality. Despite this, the report stipulates that there is a continued lack of interest in relation to regulation and guidance on air pollution.

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