Air quality monitoring and assessment

Apple Environmental offers a range of services relating to air quality monitoring and assessment.  Some specific areas in which we can help are summarised below. These include air quality assessments for planning, occupational air monitoring, nuisance, workplace exposure levels, and Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permits.


 Air quality assessment – WORKPLACE EXPOSURE

The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations 2002 (as amended) require employers to control substances that have the potential to harm worker’s health, such that exposure to hazardous substances is prevented or reduced. Exposure assessment is often necessary to determine the nature of any controls that may be required and to make sure that the workplace exposure limit (WEL) for a given substance is not likely to be exceeded.

Apple Environmental can undertake air quality monitoring for both personal and background exposure assessment for a wide range of substances both chemical and microbiological, working in accordance with current HSE and BSI guidance to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations.

For more information on workplace air monitoring as part of COSHH assessment please follow the link to the HSE website.


Air quality assessments – PLANNING

An air quality assessment can be requested by the local authority as a condition for a development proposal if the site of development is situated in an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

These are requested due to;

  • concerns over the health of future occupants due to outdoor air quality. Assessments are required to review available air quality information and monitoring undertaken by the local authority in conjunction with the development proposals in order to assess the risk to future occupants both inside the building and outside in amenity space, and make recommendations as to any required mitigation.
  • concerns over the effect that the development itself may have on local air quality. For example, through an increase in particulates from construction dust, or, through an increase in nitrogen dioxide and ozone levels from a subsequent increase in traffic. Assessments in these instances determine the risk to the local air quality and recommend an appropriate mitigation strategy.

Apple Environmental has experience in undertaking assessments of this nature and provide thorough reports utilising all information available to ensure that all concerns are addressed.


Air quality assessment – IPPC PERMIT COMPLIANCE

The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 require air assessments to be undertaken in order to determine the concentration of specified components within discharged air, for compliance with PPC permit conditions. Installations that fall under A, A(2) and B all have a requirement to manage their emissions to air, whereupon sampling and monitoring data has to be submitted periodically to the relevant regulator.

Apple Environmental has experience in undertaking air sampling for PPC permit compliance within many different industrial sectors.


Air quality assessment – INDOOR

Apple Environmental has also undertaken a range of assessments for companies and individuals with air quality concerns in the office or home, including sick building syndrome assessments. Examples include concerns ranging from incoming traffic pollutants and industrial odours, to combustion fumes from cooking and heating appliances.