Composting, anaerobic digestion and mechanical biological treatment are now the principal technologies deployed across the UK to treat organic waste streams. These processes rely on microbial activity to break down waste materials and are known to generate emissions of bioaerosols – a collection of biological particles including fungi, bacteria, viruses and their components.
There is growing concern that exposure to bioaerosols is associated with a range of human health effects, including chronic respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal illness and cancer. This has led to greater scrutiny of development proposals for new waste management facilities and more substantive monitoring requirements for existing sites.
Redmore Environmental has specialist knowledge of bioaerosol measurement techniques and extensive experience of undertaking assessments in support of planning and Environmental Permit applications. We are therefore able to offer a complete range of services to help ensure that your regulatory obligations are fulfilled.
Bioaerosol Assessment Services
Redmore Environmental is able to provide a comprehensive range of bioaerosol assessment services, including:
- Ambient Bioaerosol Measurement
- Bioaerosol Dispersion Modelling
- Bioaerosol Mitigation Analysis
- Site Specific Bioaerosol Risk Assessment
- Stack Emissions Monitoring
- Workplace Exposure Monitoring
- Indoor air quality testing
With all work undertaken in line with relevant standards and industry guidance, you can be sure of the accuracy of all returned results, as well as having confidence all data will be accepted by the relevant regulatory body.
Why Undertake Bioaerosol Assessments?
In the absence of dose-response data for human health effects, the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and the Health & Safety Executive have adopted a precautionary approach to the regulation of bioaerosols from biowaste facilities.
For operators of most permitted waste management facilities within 250m of a sensitive receptor, there is a requirement to demonstrate that bioaerosols can and will be maintained at acceptable levels. In many cases this means that plants have a requirement to undertake periodic monitoring of bioaerosol concentrations and report the results back to the regulator.
New development proposals must also consider how bioaerosol emissions may affect surrounding receptors. Site Specific Bioaerosol Risk Assessments are therefore often requested in support of Environmental Permit applications for new facilities. This requirement is outlined in the latest Environment Agency Position Statement on bioaerosols and potential health effects from bioaerosols.
Redmore Environmental has worked with some of the largest industrial operators in determining both emissions and associated impact around their sites. Our in-depth understanding of waste treatment processes and emission control systems means that we can carefully focus the scope of your assessment and provide practical and cost effective solutions to bioaerosol compliance for your site.
All ambient measurement work and reporting is undertaken by our team of trained consultants in accordance with the Environment Agency M9 technical note, which is currently the most authoritative and up to date guidance on assessment of bioaerosols. This helps to ensure that your regulatory obligations are fulfilled and that costly delays due to lack of information are avoided.
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