Ultrafine Particles

Following the successful pursuit of a case against Copenhagen Airport by an airport worker who was diagnosed with cancer linked to the levels of harmful ultrafine particles on the airport apron, Copenhagan has lead the way in implementing measures including a single engine taxiing policy and the reduced use of APUs. to lower the amount of these particles in the air.

East Midlands airport has managed to bring a measuring device onto the airport apron and conduct some measurments. These showed levels many times that experienced in a busy town centre at rush hour and on occasions levels so high that they could not be measured by that device.

Gatwick Airport has produced an Ultrafine Particle leaflet aimed at raising awareness of the issue and asking members to sign a Template letter to the Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport about this matter which they asked members to sign and return to their workplace reps. 

Unite intends to carry out a health survey of all members that work at airports to determine if there can be any apparent link established between the various work areas. Once this is ready the link will be hosted on this page.

Below are various links to further information about this issue.

Type Name Size
Link Type Icon Air pollution in airports N/A
Link Type Icon East Midlands particulates measurement 0.02Mb
Link Type Icon Measurement of ultrafine particles at the apron of Copenhagen Airport N/A
Link Type Icon BMJ Group report on ultrafine particles with further reading links N/A
Link Type Icon AOA response to the reports of health problems derived from ultrafine particles N/A
Link Type Icon Gatwick Ultrafine Particle leaflet 0.33Mb
Link Type Icon Template letter to the Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport 0.06Mb