Ambient air pollution is a serious concern for both the authorities and the public for its adverse effect on the health of humans, plants, animals and buildings. The fuel combustion comes from both stationary sources such as power plants, industries, households or biomass burning and from mobile sources such as vehicles. This combustion produces fine particulate matters which have the greatest effect on human health.
Indoor air pollution and poor urban air quality are listed as two of the world’s worst toxic pollution problems in 2008. According to the 2014 WHO report, air pollution in 2012 caused the deaths of around 7 million people worldwide. Air pollution is a significant risk factor for a number of pollution-related diseases and health conditions. The health effects caused by air pollution may include difficulty in breathing, wheezing, coughing, asthma and worsening of existing respiratory and cardiac conditions.
Ambient air quality testing is required to determine the existing quality of air, evaluation of the effectiveness of control program and to identify areas in need of restoration and their prioritization.
The Department of Environment has published the Malaysian Recommended Air Quality Guidelines (MRAQG) or Malaysia Ambient Air Quality Standard (MAAQS) to provide guidance on acceptable limits for individual air pollutants to safeguard public interest.
Allied Chemists offers reliable ambient air quality testing services at carefully selected locations to help our clients:
- Evaluate the ambient air quality of a particular site or region in accordance with the MRAQG for planning purposes and EIA study
- Assess the ambient air quality around an industrial site as a requirement of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System