CIEH Supports Sadiq Khan’s Drive for Better Air Quality in the Capital

Publication Date: 14th September 2017

Subject: CIEH

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that the most polluted schools in London are to be audited.  

With reports suggesting that hundreds of thousands of children are being exposed to high levels of air pollution from diesel vehicles at schools and nurseries, the Mayor has said that strong measures would be put in place following the results of the audits. 

Responding to the news, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said: 

“The CIEH backs Mayor Khan's statement that poor air quality is the biggest public health emergency of our time and takes the view that whilst specific measures to protect children in London are to be welcomed, the urgent need is for action to protect the whole population of the country.  

We urge the Government to work with Environmental Health Professionals, whose job it is to deliver improvements in air quality, to provide them with modern legislative tools to do the job rather than an inadequate legal framework that has remained largely unchanged for over a quarter of a century".  

ENDS 

Notes to editors  

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):    

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing more than 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.  

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection. 

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