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Just one week left to apply for the Committee

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:05
There are several vacancies arising on the IAQM committee. We are looking for members who want to support the Institute’s development over the next few years.

Whatever your background and expertise within air quality, membership of the IAQM Committee will help you to shape your Institute’s future. This is your chance to give something back to the air quality community, and to build your network and professional profile.

Membership of the IAQM Committee is agreed at the Annual General Meeting, which will be on 7th November 2018. Formal elections are not held, but applications are reviewed by several existing members of the Committee to ensure a good balance of committee members. The IAQM strives to ensure that equal opportunities are available to all sections of our community. All applications will be treated equally regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristics.

We particularly encourage high-calibre candidates from members who are at the middle stage of their career (say 10+ years’ experience) as well as those from BAME backgrounds and/or managing disabilities, as these groups are currently under-represented on the committee.

Members of the IAQM Committee
  • Contribute to the strategic oversight of the Institute, including guidance, event planning and delivery, and other membership services;
  • Are committed to the principle of collective responsibility;
  • Engage actively with other Committee members and IES staff; and
  • Act as ambassadors for the IAQM.
Committee members serve on a voluntary, initially for a three-year term. Candidates must be members of the IAQM and should be able to commit to making a contribution to the work of the IAQM Committee. We hold four Committee meetings a year, usually in central London. Members living in South East England are expected to attend the majority of these meetings in person, whereas members from elsewhere can join by telephone and/or may make significant contributions to our work in other ways, such as drafting IAQM responses to consultation documents.

How to apply
Send the following to info@iaqm.co.uk by Monday 22nd October:
  • a brief CV (1 page) summarising your experience; and
  • a maximum of 50 words summarising what your main contribution/s to IAQM will be.

Update to Guidance on Air Quality Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:20

This Guidance was originally published by IAQM in 2012. In keeping with general IAQM principles, it is prudent to review such guidance after a period of time to ensure that it is up to date and still represents best practice. The amendments, which are tracked and explained in a change log at the beginning of the document, are primarily to reflect changes to other external documents and minor clarification changes.

The updated version of the Guidance on Air Quality Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites can be found on the guidance page or downloaded here.

IAQM responds to the draft Clean Air Strategy 2018

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:54

The IAQM has responded to Defra’s consultation on the draft Clean Air Strategy 2018, which was published on 22 May 2018.

After inviting member comments and submissions in response to the consultation questions, the IAQM committee has prepared a response. The submission welcomes the strategy, which has been called for by the IAQM for several years, and its ambition in considering air quality more broadly than is specifically required under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive. However, it also notes that more detail is required on many of the specific actions required to meet the Strategy’s stated aims. Furthermore, four major themes emerge from the detailed answers to the consultation questions provided, which the Government should seek to address in its response to this consultation:

  • There is no over-arching vision of what needs to be done to improve air quality;
  • The draft strategy does not show in quantitative terms how the strategy relates to other Government policies;
  • The draft strategy is weak on regional and cross-boundary effects; and
  • The draft strategy needs to give more consideration to the relationship between outdoor and indoor air quality.

The breadth of this draft strategy is encouraging, including as it does most of the emission sources for key pollutants, and highlighting contributions from agriculture and wood burning. We look forward to seeing further detail, including pathways to achieving the Strategy’s aspirations.

Download the full submission (pdf)

IAQM responds to the draft Clean Air Strategy 2018

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:04

The IAQM has responded to Defra’s consultation on the draft Clean Air Strategy 2018, which was published on 22 May 2018.

After inviting member comments and submissions in response to the consultation questions, the IAQM committee has prepared a response. The submission welcomes the strategy, which has been called for by the IAQM for several years, and its ambition in considering air quality more broadly than is specifically required under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive. However, it also notes that more detail is required on many of the specific actions required to meet the Strategy’s stated aims. Furthermore, four major themes emerge from the detailed answers to the consultation questions provided, which the Government should seek to address in its response to this consultation:

  • There is no over-arching vision of what needs to be done to improve air quality;
  • The draft strategy does not show in quantitative terms how the strategy relates to other Government policies;
  • The draft strategy is weak on regional and cross-boundary effects; and
  • The draft strategy needs to give more consideration to the relationship between outdoor and indoor air quality.

The breadth of this draft strategy is encouraging, including as it does most of the emission sources for key pollutants, and highlighting contributions from agriculture and wood burning. We look forward to seeing further detail, including pathways to achieving the Strategy’s aspirations.

Download the full submission (pdf).

Consultation opens on Guidance on Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites v2.0

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:52

First published in 2012, the IAQM Guidance on Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites has now been updated, taking into account the feedback received from the users of the original document and to make reference to newly available monitoring equipment. This version also includes a new case study, providing examples of good or poor practice of locating instruments on sites and makes reference to recent evidence on Site Action Levels and the quality control/assurance procedures that should be applied to certain types of monitoring equipment.

When substantive changes are made to IAQM guidance, the document goes out for consultation again. Due to the holiday period, we are putting this out for consultation for 8 weeks.

Please submit any comments to guidance@iaqm.co.uk by 13th September.

See the original and updated versions of the guidance

Consultation opens on Guidance on Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites v2.0

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:06

First published in 2012, the IAQM Guidance on Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites has now been updated, taking into account the feedback received from the users of the original document and to make reference to newly available monitoring equipment. This version also includes a new case study, providing examples of good or poor practice of locating instruments on sites and makes reference to recent evidence on Site Action Levels and the quality control/assurance procedures that should be applied to certain types of monitoring equipment.

When substantive changes are made to IAQM guidance, the document goes out for consultation again. Due to the holiday period, we are putting this out for consultation for 8 weeks.

Please submit any comments to guidance@iaqm.co.uk by 13th September.

See the original and updated versions of the guidance

Update to Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:44

This Guidance was originally published by IAQM in 2014. In keeping with general IAQM principles, it is prudent to review such guidance after a period of time to ensure that it is up to date and still represents best practice. The amendments, which are tracked and explained in a change log at the beginning of the document, are primarily to reflect changes to other external documents and minor clarification changes.

The updated version of the Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning can be found on the guidance page or downloaded here.

Update to Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:37

This Guidance was originally published by IAQM in 2014. In keeping with general IAQM principles, it is prudent to review such guidance after a period of time to ensure that it is up to date and still represents best practice. The amendments, which are tracked and explained in a change log at the beginning of the document, are primarily to reflect changes to other external documents and minor clarification changes.

The updated version of the Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning can be found on the guidance page or downloaded here.

 

Dealing with uncertainty in vehicle NOx emissions – update to position statement

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:41

The IAQM’s position statement, Dealing with Uncertainty in Vehicle NOx Emissions within Air Quality Assessments, originally published in October 2016, has been updated.

The amendments, which are tracked and explained in a change log at the end of the document, are primarily to reflect changes to other external documents and procedures.

All IAQM position statements can be downloaded on the right of our Guidance page. Alternatively, this updated document can be downloaded here (pdf).

Dealing with uncertainty in vehicle NOx emissions – update to position statement

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 09:41

The IAQM’s position statement, Dealing with Uncertainty in Vehicle NOx Emissions within Air Quality Assessments, originally published in October 2016, has been updated.

The amendments, which are tracked and explained in a change log at the end of the document, are primarily to reflect changes to other external documents and procedures.

All IAQM position statements can be downloaded on the right of our Guidance page. Alternatively, this updated document can be downloaded here (pdf).