A recent study by Imperial College London has found London Underground staff working in parts of the network where particulate matter (PM2.5) levels are highest tend to take more sick leave than colleagues in less polluted areas.

Find out more on this concerning issue, plus how LeavePlanner can help manage sick leave effectively:

Increased levels of dust

The London Underground exposes people to higher levels of fine dust, caused by trains braking and the wear of wheels on the rails.

Researchers found PM2.5 levels on the London Underground can be 15 times higher than outdoor air in the UK capital.

Tube workers take more sick leave

A recent study by Imperial College London found a link between poor air quality and increased sick leave.

Research found that London Underground employees working in areas exposed to higher levels of fine dust tend to report more episodes of sickness and absence.

Tube lines worst affected

The largest study of its kind, monitoring 30,000 tube staff, found that train drivers on five out of eight lines showed higher rates of all-cause sickness and absence, with drivers on the Central line taking more sick days due to respiratory infections.

The Piccadilly line was found to have the highest levels of particulate matter (microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems), whilst the District line had the lowest.

Managing sick leave effectively

LeavePlanner makes it easy to monitor staffing absences and maintain the correct staffing levels.

You can use the full reporting functionality to get reports based on real-time absence data. As well as manage shift timetables to organise cover staff, so you are not left short-staffed.

For absence management software that is cheaper than a cup of coffee, arrange your free trial today. Call Steve on 01252 636 070 or email support@leaveplanner.com.

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For any queries, call Steve on 01252 636 070 or email support@leaveplanner.com

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