GT - Ambient Air Quality Management

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The air quality in metro cities is already at a severely critical level and forcing the authorities to propose heavy penalties on construction related activities is the need of the hour. Additionally, without continuous air quality monitoring and assessment, no one can ensure that occupational safety & health protocols are being practiced diligently in all built spaces. Hence, it is time for all of us to be aware first and then proactively implement dust management and monitoring solutions, to limit excessive air pollution while contributing to the menace that is inhalation of toxic air and noxious chemical vapors.
Building construction, roads and other infrastructural activities can have a substantial impact on local air quality. The particulate matter, dust, and other fugitive emissions generated spread in the neighborhood during construction related activities (excavation, raw material extraction, and preparation, loading/unloading, demolition, transportation, painting, covering, concrete work, etc.), mostly through the medium of blowing wind. The airborne dust measurement ranges from the particle size of 1 micrometer (PM1) to 100 micrometers (PM100).

The smaller particles, PM10 & PM2.5 are carried in the surrounding air causing irreversible damage to lungs and endangering health, both of the workers on the site and the people living and working outside the site boundary in the local neighborhood. And later, it takes the shape of road dust air pollution as well.

Our technical advisor Mr. Sandeep Narang has more than 30+ years of experience of working on Infrastructure and Construction projects. He has worked with many reputed organizations on Ambient Air Quality and Water Usage Optimization assignments and has helped the stakeholders from public and private sectors in demonstrating the best sustainable project sites.

Solutions to attenuate the air pollution during construction phase:

The intent is to assist the developer or project owner in creating healthier spaces and other infrastructures with minimal environmental impact and pave the way for corrective and timely action to be taken up. We provide our portfolio to curb air pollution from construction site through implementation of following solutions together:

Capacity Building

Most of the construction site workers & engineers are not aware of the health hazards associated with poor air quality at the construction site. And for the same reason, sustainable protocols/practices to curb air pollution are not being practiced at ground level. In countries like India, even management doesn’t bother about the impacts of construction work on ambient air; despite knowing that construction work is the top contributor to air pollution, directly or indirectly.

We are providing custom-designed toolkits including information on main air pollutants and their sources, the scientific evidence on mechanisms through which air pollutants undermine site engineers and workers health, the different policies and interventions that can be enforced to reduce the deleterious impact of construction activities on ambient air, as well as the importance of the management, engineers and workers’ role.

Advisory & Consultancy Solutions

There are huge gaps in various departments and levels of building sectors to design and implement sustainable construction practices. Our customized solutions shall assist the developers and project owners to manage the construction sites not only by complying with government norms but also project themselves as responsible organizations who care for the environment and create a healthier environment in and out of the project boundary. We extend our advisory & consultancy solutions to public and private stakeholders of the construction industry to curb the contribution of construction activities to air pollution.

Ambient Air Quality Management

Ambient air quality monitoring helps in analyzing long term trends of dust concentration and to plan mitigation strategies. Moreover, Construction Dust Emission (CDE) is important to monitor as particulate matter poses a great threat to the workers on site and people in the vicinity, if not maintained under certain limits, thereby, ensuring a safe working and surrounding environment.

Risk Assessment

It is a requisite to assess the risks linked to the health of site workers and engineers during various phases and activities of construction work. High speed rotating tools such as cut-off saws, grinders, and tools propelling certain particles with high velocity like grit blasters, could produce considerable dust in a very short time. We closely monitor project plans to study the potential of health risk & air quality degradation involved. The soil type, climate, choice of the process are some factors that affect the amount of construction dust that emanates from the project. Hence, we facilitate palliating air pollution during construction activities from the project planning phase itself.