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Industries We Work With 

The impacts of dust and air quality affect us all and are concerns for most industrial, commercial and public organistaions. We work in many countries beyond the British and Irish islands from Australia to the USA and Azerbaijan to Portugal. Our clients' activities are equally variable and range from running docks to managing the environmental impacts of steel works and from road construction to running museums.

Many industrial activities produce dust or impact on air quality; others may be adversely affected by neighbours' activities and the public have a direct and often increasing concern with undesirable impacts. It is essential that due consideration is given to the whole network of impacts at the earliest stages of planning as well as during and after implementation. 

DustScanAQ provides consultancy services to a wide range of sectors including:

  • Minerals, oil and gas
  • Food and agriculture
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Planning and development
  • Construction and refurbishment
  • Power generation
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Manufacturing
  • Local and national government
  • Storage and warehousing
  • Docks, harbours and marinas
  • Public institutions - schools, hospitals etc.


Air Quality Lancaster University Case Study

Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster                                                          Client: Lancaster University


Lancaster University (LU) union representatives raised concerns about poor air quality in an Underpass at the Bailrigg campus. LU contacted DustScanAQ seeking assistance on rectifying the problem.

MIC and SEM Case Study

Location: Derry/Londonderry                                                         Client: Apex Housing


The client instructed DustScanAQ to carry out optical light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy on dust samples taken from a heat exchange unit from a property at Derry/Londonderry. The client was interested in the contents of the fungal material present on the grids of the unit and the overall makeup of the dust.

Air Quality Residential Feasibility Case Study

Location: Burton-upon-Trent                                             Client: AM Planning Ltd


The client was seeking planning permission for the erection of four detached residential properties on a parcel of land adjacent to a heavily trafficked A-Road. To support the planning application, an air quality assessment was required.

Air Quality Power Modelling Case Study

Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester                                      Client: Carrington Power Ltd


The client was seeking planning permission for a 49.5 MWe energy facility within Greater Manchester. The proposed facility consisted of eleven 4.5 MW natural gas fired engines, anticipated to operate for approximately 2000 hours per annum at times of peak electricity demand. To support the planning application, an air quality assessment was required.

Air Quality Case Study

Location: Malvern Hills                                                        Client: Confidential 


The clients were looking to purchase a prestige detached property in the Malvern Hills but had reservations due to a consented waste incinerator being built some 400m south of the property. The consented incinerator would be capable of incinerating 8,000 tonnes of medical waste each year and utilises 15 m stacks.

Workplace Dust, Diesel Emissions, Weld Fume, VOC and Isocyanate Exposure Assessment

Location: Northampton                                                         Client: Fusion Building Systems


DSAQ were approached by a manufacturing company specialising in the production of pre-insulated cold-roll steel framed building wall and floor panels. The company occupied a large factory building that housed production/assembly lines, automatic welding and hot-wire cutting machinery and an expanded polystyrene (EPS) production plant. Employees of the company had raised concerns relating to their occupational exposure to dust and fumes.

Construction Dust Risk Assessment

Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster                                                           Client: NTA Planning Ltd


The client was seeking planning permission for a mixed-use development within an inner London Borough. The proposed development consisted of a new ten-storey building, comprising of 3,000 m2 of B1(a) office space, 544 m2 of B1(c) light industrial use, 100 m2 of shared B1(a) and B1(c) use and 508 m2 of ancillary and plant space.

DustScanAQ would be pleased to hear from you if you would like to discuss your requirements and how we can help you with your project, please contact us on 01608 810110 or email