Air Quality

Air quality is a sub-theme of resource management

The world has been tackling air pollution for decades with the implementation of controls on emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and improving fuel quality, but the problem remains.

Management of emissions from harmful sources – burning fossil fuels, the rise in road traffic – is essential to protect public health as well as the environment.

Standards help organizations monitor their emissions, informing the development of reduction/ improvement programmes.



Any industry that produces emissions from their manufacturing processes (dust/ odour/ harmful by-products etc.) can benefit from using standards to monitor their environmental impact, informing future contingency measures and better practice. Better management means better efficiency, and therefore cost effectiveness.


Links to standards related to Air Quality

BS EN 14181

Stationary source emissions. Quality assurance of automated measuring systems.

BS EN 15267 series

Air quality. Certification of automated measuring systems. General principles.

BS EN 15051-1

Workplace exposure. Measurement of the dustiness of bulk materials. Requirements and choice of test methods.

BS EN 481

Workplace atmospheres. Size fraction definitions for measurement of airborne particles.

BS EN 482

Workplace exposure. General requirements for the performance of procedures for the measurement of chemical agents.

BS EN 689

Workplace atmospheres. Guidance for the assessment of exposure by inhalation to chemical agents for comparison with limit values and measurement strategy.

BS ISO 16000 series

Indoor air. Series for determination and sampling.

BS ISO 12219 series

Interior air of road vehicles. Series for screening methods.

Links to other related materials

See Greenhouse Gas Management standards and related materials.