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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 Monitoring

DustScanAQ conduct indoor and outdoor workplace dust surveys. We use real-time particulate samplers in selected and representative locations to assess the concentrations of either total inhalable (TSP), thoracic (PM10), respirable (PM4) or high-risk respirable (PM2.5) dust within working areas and at varying heights. Whilst such surveys are not definitive in terms of NAQS AQO or COSHH regulations they are useful to identify key ‘dusty’ areas and processes; the location of many such dust sources and dusty locations can be investigated during a survey.

High levels of dust in a working environment can impact the health of staff, the perception of the site to neighbours/the public, visibility/safety, the efficiency of plant and equipment and pose a fire/explosion risk. Indoors, fine dust particles may remain suspended for many hours and at times accumulate in areas away from obvious point sources.

The results from DustScanAQ dust monitoring surveys can be used to map dust concentrations spatially and in 3 dimensions. Samples are carefully collected from different heights and positions to find points where dust concentrations are highest. This information can be used to help locate local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems and other control measures or investigate if site emissions propagate to their boundaries and beyond.

Recent dust surveys and mapping exercises include projects for major building refurbishment works, a sheet metal fabrication factory and an incinerator bottom ash (IBA) processing facility.

Oliver Puddle

Oliver Puddle
Technical Director

Discuss your requirements with our Technical Director

If you would like to discuss any of your Workplace Area Monitoring needs with our Technical Director we can organise an initial call to understand your exact requirements. Please call us on +44 (0)1608 810110 or email Oliver Puddle using the email button below.


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.