Those living in areas with safe water supplies, clean air, a healthy working environment and comfortable housing are more likely to be in good health than those lacking such conditions. Current evidence shows that the physical, social and economic environments interact and can influence physical and mental health helping to increase or reduce inequalities.
A key aspect of the environment is the home we live in. The quality of housing is an important determinant of health, evidence shows that poor housing conditions cause accidental injury, exacerbate existing health conditions, make treating health conditions difficult and have a huge social impact upon the ability of individuals to achieve their potential in education or employment.
Here we explain a little more about what pollution is, how it can do harm and show what the data is telling us about pollution levels in Dorset.