Linnaeus Air Testing
Air

“Water and air are two essential fluids on which all life depends….”

- Jacques Cousteau

Working with local organisations, Linnaeus monitors pollutants in the air while considering meteoric conditions. This is to ensure that particulate matter and gases discharged into our air are kept to an acceptable level. Particulate matter means particles in the air - things like organic dust, airborne bacteria, construction dust, and coal particles from power plants.

Coarse dust particles (PM10) are 2.5 to 10 micrometers in diameter. Sources include crushing or grinding operations and dust stirred up by vehicles on roads. These tiny particles, which are about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair, are small enough to be inhaled past our defensive nose hairs and into our lungs.

Fine particles (PM2.5) are 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller, and can only be seen with an electron microscope. Fine particles are produced from all types of combustion, including motor vehicles, power plants, residential wood burning, forest fires, agricultural burning, and some industrial processes. While PM10's story ends at the lungs, PM2.5 can pass from our lungs into our blood supply and be carried throughout our bodies thereby making them "the invisible killer".

STANDARD TESTS
Air Plate Count

This test measures the concentration of bacteria and fungi in the air. It’s essential for assessing indoor air quality and ensuring a healthy environment in homes, offices, and industrial settings.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong-smelling gas used to make building materials and household products. It is primarily used in the manufacture of wood for walls and cabinetry. Breathing in too much can make you feel sick with symptoms of a sore throat, cough, scratchy eyes and nose bleeds.

For the test, air is pumped through a tube containing a silicone gel to determine the extent of pollution in the air.

Particulate matter

Particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) can be tested in different ways by different machines with meteoric conditions being taken into consideration. The type of testing will be dependent on what has been identified as possibly polluting the air in any given location or by any specific manufacturer. The most commonly used methods of particulate monitoring are by nepholometer, beta attenuation mass measurement and Hi Vol air samples.

Yeast & Mould

Detects and quantifies the presence of yeast and mould spores in the air. This test is vital for identifying potential allergens and preventing mould-related health issues, especially in damp or humid environments.

STANDARD TESTS
Air Plate Count

This test measures the concentration of bacteria and fungi in the air. It’s essential for assessing indoor air quality and ensuring a healthy environment in homes, offices, and industrial settings.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong-smelling gas used to make building materials and household products. It is primarily used in the manufacture of wood for walls and cabinetry. Breathing in too much can make you feel sick with symptoms of a sore throat, cough, scratchy eyes and nose bleeds.

For the test, air is pumped through a tube containing a silicone gel to determine the extent of pollution in the air.

Particulate matter

Particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) can be tested in different ways by different machines with meteoric conditions being taken into consideration. The type of testing will be dependent on what has been identified as possibly polluting the air in any given location or by any specific manufacturer. The most commonly used methods of particulate monitoring are by nepholometer, beta attenuation mass measurement and Hi Vol air samples.

Yeast & Mould

Detects and quantifies the presence of yeast and mould spores in the air. This test is vital for identifying potential allergens and preventing mould-related health issues, especially in damp or humid environments.