Air Quality Testers...What things affect the Quality of the Air?

Air quality testers help us with pollution such as chemicals, particulates, germs and other biological substances.

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Air quality analyzers and air quality monitors can test for more things than you would imagine – not just pollution, but meteorological parameters including temperature, wind and humidity

Pollution can include chemicals, particulates, germs and other unusual substances. Meteorological parameters including temperature, wind and humidity certainly have their effects on air quality as well.

They show us that in certain environments, such as the heat island found in developed urban and industrial areas, an observer might detect warmer temperatures than one would in surrounding areas. With the right monitoring equipment, he may also detect sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and other less than appealing stuff in the air. 

How air quality testers fit in with other professionals

Air quality modellers work to estimate the impacts of a plant on the surrounding air before it is even built. Or they may provide a preliminary assessment of the environmental impact modifications to the facility could cause. Modelers accomplish this by examining engineering documents, compiling emissions inventories, evaluating plant designs and other sources of information. Then they conduct audits if needed and make alternate plans, and then test again to give the situation at hand a full and fair assessment.

Consultants may apply a hypothetical approach to the situation while incorporating as much real and factual data as they can into the problem. Data pertaining to scientific principles or regulatory policies are especially important here.

Employing appropriate techniques enables consultants to achieve the desired reductions in air quality predictions. Doing so enables us to exercise more control on industrial air emissions, but bear in mind that the worst air quality offenders in most locales are private cars and trucks in most locales. 

EPA government officials and other state, provincial and national agencies regulate these plants.  At the same time, health and safety departments regulate indoor air pollution.  The individual roles appointed to carry out the legislative and executive functions varies by jurisdiction, and the best consultants are able to keep clients correctly aligned within the regulatory environment. Industries are required to submit many types of applications for approvals and file other detailed reports correctly and on schedule. 

When your empirical data become a source of concern within your organization... When it compares unfavourably to related regulations, the pressure is on. You need to rectify the situation.

Maybe consulting services such as those provided by the experienced air quality testers at Calvin Consulting, staff modellers or air professionals would help.  This company operates in Calgary, serving the needs of the Alberta energy and chemical industries as well as forestry and agricultural producers.

Additionally, the staff at Calvin validate data obtained by other air quality testers, and expert regulatory compliance services are available as well.

List of Air Quality Services

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Which specific air quality testers and compliance services does your company need for its plants and offices? Do you need superior value and efficiency in the services rendered? You may find appropriate offerings for your needs in the lists below.

Regulatory Compliance
Sometimes the laws that your industry must comply with are quite tough. Calvin Consulting Group Ltd., CCGL, helps you abide by these regulations by:

  • Preparing renewal and amendment applications for plant approvals
  • Preparing registrations and revisions for code of practice requirements
  • Preparing well-flare applications for the governing board, such as the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in Alberta or the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) in British Columbia
  • Power generating station approvals
  • Air reporting (usually monthly and annual) to each provincial Department of Environment
  • Wastewater reporting
  • Regulatory consulting and executive summaries for senior management

Air Quality Management
Stationary sources of air emissions need to be controlled. The techniques of air quality management help you accomplish that goal:

  • Air quality modelling by qualified meteorologists
  • air quality reporting for your regional agency
  • Quality assurance plans to meet provincial or state requirements, such as those spelled out in the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD, formerly AENV) Air Monitoring Directive
  • Climate summaries, used for design purposes
  • Air quality monitoring systems (AQM) - design and testing
  • Ambient air quality testers for hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds, (VOCs)

Emissions Management
Large industrial facilities that produce more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas, per year have special regulations to follow in many jurisdictions. For Canadian companies we offer:

  • National Pollutant Release Inventory data submissions, also known as NPRI Reporting
  • National greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting
  • Reporting for gas emitters regulation
  • Reporting for CEPA Section 71
  • Reporting for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, CAPP, Stewardship
  • Leak detection and repair, (LDAR) programs for fugitive emissions
  • Preparing equipment lists and emission inventories
  • Continuous emissions monitoring system - Quality assurance plans, otherwise known as CEMS QAPs
  • CEMS also require Cylinder Gas Audits, CGAs
  • Relative accuracy test audit, RATA, consulting for on-site third party situations

Flare Stack Design and Performance
How high do you make your elevated chimney or smoke stack? We determine that for your facility, based on how and where you will use it. Your air quality impact depends on a proper design, so consider things such as:

  • Site location and stack parameters such as height and exit diameter
  • Assessment of flare efficiency
  • Stack tip design
  • Combustion modelling
  • Regulatory approval dispersion modelling

Risk Management
The way to manage uncertainty? Use a structured approach. Use risk assessment strategies and mitigation to reduce risk to an acceptable level. This consulting firm does these things:

  • Quantitative risk management
  • Layer of protection analysis, LOPA
  • Safety integrity level, SIL
  • Process hazard analysis, PHA
  • Hazard and operability studies, HAZOPs

EHS Management Systems
Industrial sites need to be safe, environmentally responsible and healthy work environments. This goal becomes attainable through everybody's understanding of their own responsibilities and compliance with the relevant regulatory requirements. Calvin Consulting makes this possible by:

  • Developing environmental health and safety management systems, EHSMS
  • Preparing field staff handbooks for environmental procedure documents
  • Preparing glovebox EHS handbooks for contractors
  • Developing safe work standards manuals for oilfield operations 
  • Developing remote area emergency response plans (ERPs)

Nothing is much good if it is not evaluated. Our air quality testers check personnel, products, processes and systems to determine the reliability and validity of information. We help with:

  • Annual audits to meet CEMS code
  • Audits to meet requirements outlined in the air monitoring directive (AMD)
  • Risk management audits
  • Corrective action plan preparation and audit consulting
  • EHSMS audits

Environmental Impact Assessments
Is your project about to impact the environment? How? Identify, predict, evaluate and mitigate likely negative effects before commitments need to be made. More and more environmental impacts need to be taken into account for any development. What does Calvin Consulting do?

Training Courses
Do you need training for air permitting and provincial compliance requirements? Especially your plant operators? What recent regulatory devlopments does your workforce need training for? Calvin provides:

  • Environmental awareness training
  • Regulatory compliance training
  • CEMS training
  • Dispersion modeling training - AERMOD and CALPUFF
  • Health and safety awareness training for all staff

The AER in Alberta has provided a series of Directives to help energy-industry proponents make decisions regarding the environment and provincial regulations.

The relevant ones here include:

AER Directive 39 - Benzene Emissions
AER Directive 56 - ERCB Applications
AER Directive 60 - Energy and Environment Flaring and Incineration
AER Directive 60 - Temporary Flaring and Output SO2

If your industrial pollution and environmental problems compel you to burn through more paper work than you think is possible, maybe our experienced air quality testers, consultants and training staff can help.

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You can get quicker, more detailed answers by telephoning Barry Lough, EP of Calvin Consulting at (403) 547-7557. Reach us by email, using barry.lough @ (remove spaces) if needed.

By the way, EP stands for certified Environmental Professional for the best help on your project

For a good perspective on this subject, look at this introductory online Air Quality Meteorology Course. For the kind of knowledge air quality testers may use, look for more information under section 2 "Course Description".

Have a quick look at the most recent Calgary, Edmonton and other Alberta air quality index values.

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