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About DustScan

DustScanAQ is the new trading name for DustScan Ltd; we have recently rebranded to reflect our growing air quality consultancy expertise and involvement in air quality matters. DustScan Ltd was established in 2004 as a spin-off company from Leeds University. The firm is based in Oxfordshire, UK.

Workplace Dust & Air Quality Monitoring

DustScanAQ offers workplace dust and air quality testing and assessment services to monitor air quality at work.

Exposure to dust, fumes, vapours, mists, and gases in the workplace can lead to serious respiratory and other illnesses. Employers are legally required to assess the exposure of their employees to dust etc. as a requirement of the Care of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) if a significant risk of exposure has been identified. 

Dust of any kind can be harmful if we are exposed to it at high concentrations for prolonged periods, but certain dusts can trigger more serious immune response reactions; even seemingly innocuous materials such as flour and wood dust are respiratory sensitisers and can cause occupational asthma. Some dusts, such as Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), are recognised carcinogens and can cause silicosis and lung cancer. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) treat COSHH non-compliance very seriously and pays particular attention to minerals, construction, and stone masonry sites where there is greater risk of RCS exposure.

Elevated concentrations of dust in the workplace can also affect electronic equipment and increase the wear of mechanical components, become a fire or explosion risk and reduce site visibility leading to other safety concerns.

DustScanAQ consultants are experienced in undertaking workplace dust and air quality surveys, both indoors and outdoors. We conduct personal/occupational exposure and workplace area monitoring using the latest sampling equipment and advise on all dust and indoor air quality matters. Please see the specific pages for more details.

Our consultants are also trained by and members of the British Occupational Health Society (BOHS) and DustScanAQ are an official sponsor of the BOHS ‘Breathe Freely’ initiative.

Personal Occupational Exposure

DustScanAQ conduct occupational exposure monitoring of dusts, fumes, vapours, mists, and gases and are experts on dust exposure in particular. 

Workplace Area Monitoring

DustScanAQ conduct indoor and outdoor workplace dust surveys.

Indoor Air Quality

DustScanAQ carry out indoor air quality testing in residential, commercial, industrial and educational premises.

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


DustScanAQ provide low cost dust monitoring solutions. We supply directional and depositional sticky pad dust gauges, gravimetric filter-reference PM10 and PM2.5 samplers and also specify and install real-time air quality and meteorological monitoring equipment. Our dust monitoring equipment has many applications; from compliance requirements to detailed assessments of particulate movements arising from industrial, commercial, construction or other activities. Dust monitoring also provides us with samples used for forensic analysis of potential and actual contamination.