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A new partnership driving air quality

9 April 2014, UK - LGC and the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) are delighted to announce the launch of the Air Proficiency Testing (AIR PT) scheme, providing an integrated scheme specifically designed for laboratories undertaking regular analytical measurements on samples from various fields of air monitoring.

Regular monitoring allows information to be collected, in order to review and assess air quality and ensure legislative standards are being met. It also helps to determine the effectiveness of control systems designed to prevent air pollution.  

The AIR PT scheme will support the quality of this analytical data generated by laboratories performing measurements on samples taken from, for example, ambient, indoor, stack and workplace air testing arenas. Valid measurements ensure poor air quality can be detected and acted upon.

Speaking about the collaboration, Brian Brookman, Director of Proficiency Testing at LGC, said, "The air we breathe is something we all take for granted. However, it can be easily polluted by our daily activity and so requires regular monitoring. This new Proficiency Testing scheme combines LGC's world-reputed PT services, local representatives and bespoke PORTAL software with HSL's considerable expertise in air proficiency testing and analysis along with an extensive track record in developing international standard air sampling and measurement methods. We are delighted to be working in partnership with HSL to offer such a high-quality, integrated PT scheme to our customers worldwide."

Duncan Rimmer, Unit Head for Chemical and Biological Risks at HSL, said, "Proficiency testing  for air monitoring has been  slower to develop than in other environmental sectors,  due partly to regulatory requirements lagging behind other areas such as soil and water testing. There are also significant technical challenges in producing large numbers of near-identical test materials required for proficiency testing. Such challenges have successfully been overcome by HSL to implement a robust system for AIR PT test material production."

The AIR PT scheme combines HSL's WASP and LGC's STACKS schemes, providing an integrated service specifically designed for all laboratories undertaking analytical measurements on samples derived from various fields of air monitoring. With electronic data entry and storage, and timely reporting, AIR PT offers laboratories a complete, convenient and cost effective package for any laboratory involved in air quality monitoring.

The scheme will support the quality of analytical data generated by laboratories performing analytical measurements on the samples taken. The test materials in the AIR PT scheme may contain one or more analytes prepared at various concentrations on appropriate sampling media. They are prepared in such a way as to give a realistic test for the laboratory and a valuable means of monitoring analytical performance.

Find our more about HSL's Proficiency Testing Schemes.

The AIR PT scheme year operates from April to March. Test materials are distributed either quarterly, or twice per year, with distribution dates detailed in the application form.

Comprehensive descriptions of each sample and the analytes can be found in the scheme description. These documents can be downloaded from our website:

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