Human Resources

Pollution/Contamination

Pollution can take many forms but for the purposes of environmental protection at the University, it includes:

  • Air 
  • Noise
  • Light

Air

Air pollution changes our planet’s climate, but not all types of air pollution have the same effect.  Some types cause global warming to speed up whilst others cause it to slow down by creating a temporary cooling effect.  Some activities at the University could potentially contribute to air pollution including work with fume cupboards and transport.

Noise

Noise which can be natural or manmade is defined as unwanted sound.  It is subjective and thus the view taken about it varies from one person to the next although high levels of sound or noise can be harmful and put hearing at risk.  Workplace noise can affect local neighbours in addition to members of staff exposed to it.  In this respect noise can be a nuisance.   Statutory Nuisance can be proven if it is found to be prejudicial to health or it interferes with a person’s ordinary use or enjoyment of land.  

Light

Artificial light from premises can have a detrimental impact on the quality of the local environment and be the source of local complaints.   The University has made significant progress in reducing the amount of light pollution emanating from the campus, especially from its sports fields and car parks.