FTIR Gas analysers support management of Swindon fire

The capability to convene a multi-agency Air Quality Cell (AQC) was established in England in 2009 following the Buncefield incident. A subsequent review identified the need to rapidly co-ordinate the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of air quality data in major incidents. Arrangements have been made in England to bring together experts from the Environment Agency (EA), Public Health England (PHE) and the Met Office on a 24/7, 365 days and year basis to form an AQC for any major incident threatening significant air quality impacts. The AQC will assess the potential impacts of a major incident and if necessary will deploy one or more of the four field monitoring teams equipped with portable monitoring and sampling instruments or one of two mobile laboratories. The field monitoring capability includes the use of Gasmet FTIR analysers which provide the teams with the ability to measure multiple gases simultaneously with one instrument and to identify and measure almost any gas. The analysers were supplied by Gasmet's UK subsidiary Quantitech, which also provides ongoing training and service.

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