Magazine article HRMagazine

Dirty Business: New Delhi Smog and Expat Workers

Magazine article HRMagazine

Dirty Business: New Delhi Smog and Expat Workers

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As more companies offer overseas opportunities in the global economy, it's important to consider the conditions in the places where you're sending employees. In India, for example, air pollution is getting worse, according to the 2014 Yale University Environment Performance Index (EPI), which ranked the South Asian economic giant 174th out of 178 countries, ahead of only Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The level of particulate matter in Delhi that the World Health Organization classifies as carcinogenic has risen from 168 micrograms per cubic meter in January 2011 to 183 micrograms per cubic meter in January 2014, according to government data. An acceptable level is 60 micrograms per cubic meter, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"HR owes it to every expat to fully disclose factors and conditions that affect one's health or safety," said Ron Pilenzo, SPHR, president and CEO of the Global HR Consultancy, based in Hobe Sound, Fla. …

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