The air we breathe is becoming increasingly polluted, to the point that air pollution is considered the world’s most significant environmental health threat. It is estimated that nine out of 10 people are subjected to polluted air, and globally, toxic pollutants exceed average annual values recommended by the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines.
From flammable materials, trip hazards, and even biohazards – the laboratory can be a dangerous place. So there are numerous aspects of risk minimization that must be examined in order to establish a workplace which is both safe, and compliant with health and safety legislation. A hazard which is common to a multitude of laboratory types, from the life sciences, physics research to chemistry departments, is posed by gases.
According to an autonomous study published recently by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), over 674 million Indian citizens are likely to breathe air with high concentrations of PM2.5 in 2030, even if India were to adhere to its current pollution control policies and protocols.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a broad range of organic chemicals containing carbon and hydrogen. They are categorized by their volatility and their ability to evaporate under standard conditions (defined as normal room temperature and pressure).
As the environmental impact and non-renewable nature of fossil fuels are receiving increasingly more attention, many countries are focusing on obtaining cleaner, less expensive and more reliable energy sources. One promising resource is the production of natural gas. While this has historically been extracted during oil drilling, newer technologies like fracking are also being used to produce natural gas from non-traditional sources like shale.