Table of UK Air Pollution Bandings

The Department of Health has developed an air pollution banding system which helps sensitive people manage their health.  Maximum levels of five key air pollutants are considered by the system below:

Recommended Actions and Health Advice

Recommended Actions and health Advice
Air Pollution BandingValueAccompanying Health Messages for At Risk individuals*Accompanying Health Message for the General Population
Low 1 - 3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities Enjoy your usual outdoor activities
Moderate 4 - 6 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors. Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.
High 7 - 9 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
Very High 10 Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.

*Adults and children with heart or lung problems are at greater risk of symptoms. Follow your doctor's usual advice about exercising and managing your condition. It is possible that very sensitive individuals may experience health effects even on Low air pollution days. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow the guidance provided below

The hourly mean concentration is determined for Nitrogen Dioxide based on the levels below.

 

Nitrogen Dioxide Levels
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Band Low Low Low Moderate Moderate Moderate High High High Very high
ug/m3 0-67 68-134 135-200 201-267 268-334 335-400 401-467 468-534 535-600 601 or more

Air Quality Forecast / Monitoring

Below is the current North West regional Air Quality Forecast which can be used together with the above tables to determine the likely impact of air quality.

 

Alternatively you can use monitoring data if we have an analyser near you.

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