Air Quality & Emissions Analysis

SOCOTEC has a long history of testing air quality and emissions, providing a wide range of analytical services.

Emissions from industry, vehicles and households can produce air pollution which harms human health and effects the ecosystem.

Air Pollution Exposure

Estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) have linked more than six million premature deaths in 2012 to air pollution exposure. Air pollution from both outdoor and indoor sources are the single largest environmental risk to health globally.


Range of Air Quality and Emissions Analysis

SOCOTEC’s broad range of air quality and emissions analysis services include:



  • Metals (BS EN 14385)
  • Mercury by CV-AFS (BS EN 13211)
  • Welding fumes


  • NH3 & SO2 (BS EN 14791)
  • Anions (various BS EN standards):
    • HCI
    • HF
    • HBr
    • H2SO4
    • CI2
    • F2
  • H2S
  • HCN



  • Dioxin, Furans & WHO 12 PCBs (BS EN 1948)
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Volatile Fatty Acids (VFAs)
  • EPA TO-11A Aldehyde/Ketones
  • Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) analysis:
    • ATD Tubes
    • Sorbent Tubes
  • Benzene, Toulene, Ethyl benzene and Xylenes (BTEX)
  • Trace components in landfill gas
  • Gases in Tedlar bags/canisters:
    • Methane
    • C2-C8 hydrocarbons
    • CO2, CO, N2 and O2
    • H2, He, H2S
  • Phenols/Cresols
  • Oil mist
  • Rubber fumes
  • OSHA/NIOSH methods


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