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Air Monitoring

Air contaminants present risks to people & the environment.

Exposure to airborne substances, particulate matter, and biological agents in the workplace, or as a result of workplace processes, can present a range of immediate or long-term health risks.

The experienced team at BENSS can assist with all air monitoring, testing, and consultancy services, for most circumstances or regulatory requirements.

  • Volatile Organics (VOCs)
  • Process Fumes
  • Mould
  • Biological Agents
  • Industrial Pollution
  • Airborne Particulates
Industrial Pollution Monitoring
Volatile Organic Compounds

Exposure to VOCs can cause acute or chronic health effects, including nausea, respiratory discomfort, headaches, irritation of the eyes/nose/throat, and skin problems. Exposure to high concentrations of certain VOCs, or over a prolonged period, can cause damage to the liver, kidneys or central nervous system, and some VOCs are suspected human carcinogens.

Within manufacturing and processing industries specific VOCs may be produced depending on the raw materials used, type of product or a particular work process.

In many cases there are legislated exposure limits for specific VOCs, and employers are required to conduct monitoring if there might be a risk to workers or the public.

BENSS consultants have provided VOC monitoring for a variety of clients and industries and we can assist with recommendations tailored to individual circumstances.

Airborne Particulates


Exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM) from man-made or natural sources can present a risk of cardiopulmonary disease or lung cancers.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified airborne particulate matter as a significant cause of early death throughout the developed world, particularly for the elderly or those with existing health issues.

Particulate matter from diesel combustion has been recognised as a human carcinogen.

Air Pollution Monitoring

Particulate matter (PM) includes dust, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets, and is broadly classified according to the size of the particles.

‘PM10’ particles are between 2.5 to 10 microns. PM10 is mainly generated as dust and soil from activities such as mining, construction, and farming.

‘PM2.5’ particles are less than 2.5 microns. PM2.5 occurs as emissions from combustion of fossil fuels, or from industries such as smelters, cement processing, paper, or steel mills.

Our consultants can assist with identifying where airborne particulates may present a health risk, monitoring & classification, and advice for reducing or mitigating associated health effects.


Welding Fumes - Air Monitoring

Our experienced Occupational Hygiensists can assist with monitoring of individual workers, areas or processes, and provide recommendations for a range of engineering, management or adminstrative controls.


Asbestos & Silica Dusts


Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are prevalent throughout all built environments. If ACMs are maintained in a good condition and not disturbed, the risks of exposure are typically low.

Where asbestos is disturbed, accidentally or during planned removal works, airborne asbestos fibre can present a significant long-term health risk.

All states and territories have stringent regulations to identify ACMs and manage risks of exposure to airborne fibres, and Asbestos Air Monitoring is a legal requirement in many cases.

More About Asbestos Air Monitoring

Exposure to airborne Silica dust is now recognised as a significant health concern, and exposed workers can develop ‘Silicosis’. Silicosis is similar to asbestosis (asbestos is a silica-based mineral).

Our experienced Asbestos Assessors & Occupational Hygienists can assist with all airborne asbestos and silica dust monitoring.


Air Testing - Mould
Mould Surveys