Air and dust laboratory
The CSIR air and dust laboratory undertakes analysis of environmental air quality through, for example, the occupational hygiene filters of mine employees. The laboratory was the first laboratory of its kind to obtain SANAS accreditation for the NIOSH 5040 method and the direct-on-filter analysis using X-ray powder diffraction according to international method MDHS 101.
Its offerings include:
- Analysis of airborne pollutant samples such as respirable dust (the cause of silicosis) and diesel particulate matter;
- Monitoring and analysis of industrial air pollution such as stack sampling, and collection and analysis of fallout dust;
- Development of analytical methods; and
- Research in the field of human exposure to airborne pollutants.