Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Measuring and monitoring to reduce air pollution

Measuring and monitoring to reduce air pollution

The best way to reduce air pollution is to avoid producing it in the first place. Start by checking your emissions and reviewing your business processes to see if you can cut down your emissions. Then take steps to control any remaining emissions.

Check your business for air pollution

Buy monitoring instruments that check levels of gas and fumes. You could use an environmental consultant to do this.

If you have a pollution prevention and control permit, waste management licence or a waste exemption, you must comply with all of its conditions.

See our guideline: Environmental permits and licences - an overview.

Control air pollution in your business

  • Ensure staff are informed about the dangers of dust and fumes.
  • Clean machinery and premises regularly and thoroughly.
  • Seal vessels that contain solvents and other hazardous substances.
  • Ensure there are enough open windows and doors on the premises. However, make sure you consider the effects of air pollution on the wider environment.
  • Install a ventilation system.

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