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Monitoring Air Quality in UK Cities

Posted by David Gilmour on 02-May-2018 13:31:18

Population growth within UK cities has seen an increase in demand for infrastructure and associated services. Figures released from the Office of National Statistics suggest that, from mid-2011 to mid-2015, the average UK city had an average population increase of 3.4%, and the upward trend is set to continue in the coming decades.
    
The resulting environmental impact from this growth will see an increase in the levels of air pollution, which is projected to grow rapidly and compromises air quality through several sources. Indeed, in a recent report some 47 towns and cities across the UK are at, or have exceeded, air pollution limits set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Topics: Air Pollution, Air Monitoring, emissions, Air Quality

Demystifying the QAL3 test in BS EN 14181

Posted by Andy Tiffen on 01-Mar-2018 13:56:46

As project manager for Air & Emissions division of SOCOTEC, Andy Tiffen often gets asked ‘what is QAL3?’ and 'what is the real purpose behind QAL3 checks?' Here, he breaks through some of the technical jargon to demystify the QAL3 test in the European Standard BS EN 14181  - Stationary Source Emissions: Quality Assurance of automated measuring systems.

 

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Topics: Air Monitoring, emissions

Monitoring Diesel Fume Exposure for Safe Practice

Posted by Ian Douglas on 22-Feb-2018 15:14:19

Ian Douglas, senior occupational hygienist, Environment & Safety Services, SOCOTEC, discusses the hierarchy of control when it comes to controlling exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) and why this is important for ensuring safety and compliance in the workplace.

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Topics: Rail, Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Health & Safety, Air Monitoring, emissions

Diesel Train Exhaust: Keeping Emissions on Course for Legislative Compliance

Posted by Bill Halkett on 28-Sep-2016 17:48:22

Bill Halkett, occupational hygienist, Environment & Safety Services, SOCOTEC, explores why rail operators need to be aware of the hazards of diesel exhaust fumes, and explains the steps they can take to uphold worker health and safety. 

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Topics: Rail, emissions, Air Quality, Occupational Hygiene

A Fresh Approach to Air Quality in Mines

Posted by Philip Shead on 27-Jul-2016 14:05:13

In light of recent changes to health and safety regulations for mines, which came into force last year, mining expert, Philip Shead, a specialist ventilation consultant at SOCOTEC, explores which factors mine operators need to take into account to optimise air quality and ensure the wellbeing of their employees.

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Topics: ventilation, Air Quality, emissions, dust

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