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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tools Used by Professionals to Survey Trees Thoroughly

Tools Used by Professionals to Survey Trees Thoroughly

Surveying on tree is one of the arboricultural approaches that may offer affordable solutions for all the problems of the tree in any area. BS 5837;2012 Tree Surveys Kent also involved extensive process, which dealt with dysfunction and decay of trees. However, for any tree assessment project, different tools are used.

Sonic Tomograph
It is a device that helps professionals for creating an image of possible decay of tree with the measurement of sound flow rate through wood. The severity of decay may also be assessed. Most of the diseases and damages lead to cavity, fractures and rot in trees. For all these conditions, the wave of sound flow around a part, which has been affected. Sound wave is induced from particular points, and the outcomes are monitored on alternative sensor. A 2-D picture of the side view of tree may be produced.

Sonic Hammer
This special hammer works, just like a Tomograph because it applies the velocity of sound in order to evaluate the possible decay of trees. It doesn’t turn out images; however, it requires only 2 screws, placed on opposite surfaces of the stem. It is quite easy to use this tool and interpret the data at the right time. The hammer may assist in detecting of initial phase of decay or brown-coloured rot, which affects cellulose level of wood.

Sensors for detecting tree motion
This system is installed to deal with trees for a very long time. It is used mainly in the urban areas, and is also able to track data on the deflection of roots and stability of stems. The sensors should be placed on stem portion, and with precise measurements, it is possible to determine tree movements during the strong winds. Such information may also be assessed to give a warning on whether your tree has susceptibility to crash. The compact units may not need to be supervised all the time during the collection of data. Usually, it is placed at the stem’s base. Another one is positioned at a level above the sensors.

Chlorophyll fluorimeter
It has also been used for BS 5837;2012 Tree Surveys Surrey to measure the stress of plants because of negative condition of environment. From the results, obtained from this device, it is possible to implement some remedial suggestion. Thus, the above tools are highly useful and effective to know important information about trees.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Improving Air Quality In The Workplace

Improving Air Quality In The Workplace

Most work environments present different hazards and dangers, which health and safety legislation attempts to control. However, there is one invisible workplace hazard most people aren’t even aware of; and that’s indoor air pollution. Indoor air can be up to one hundred times more toxic within a building than outside, whether that’s a heavy manufacturing plant or just an average office. 

So read on to find out how indoor air pollution can affect you, and what you can do about it.

What is Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution or Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is often badly affected by numerous types of chemical pollutants such as volatile organic compounds and gases including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and radon which can all damage health. Chemical toxins from numerous everyday items including paint, furniture and carpets and everyday office essentials such as print cartridges and photocopier toner impact the air we breathe, and are known to cause problems ranging from sick building syndrome to headaches, exhaustion, respiratory infections and fatigue.

Exterior air pollution is caused by particles, sulphur dioxides and nitrogen oxides emitted from engines, power stations and electricity generation. With most people spending 90% of their time indoors, however, then interior air quality can be the bigger problem.

Improving Indoor Air Quality
Aim to reduce the levels of unhealthy pollution in your workplace by following these simple measures:

Identify sources of pollutants
If you’re not sure what types of toxins are impacting your workplace, then it’s worth investing in testing. Environmental and air pollution monitoring analysts recommend installing passive air quality monitors to monitor air quality inside and out.

Improve Ventilation
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations act 1992 specifies that enclosed workplaces such as offices are well ventilated. It sounds obvious, but simply opening the windows and allowing a free flow of air to circulate can reduce indoor pollution. However, if air conditioning is used, then make sure it’s regularly cleaned with a filter in place and is not drawing in contaminated air.

Service the Heating System
Check the operation of the heating system to ensure that it’s functioning properly and not emitting carbon dioxide. By law, boilers should be serviced once a year. A Carbon monoxide detector will alert you to any dangerous levels of the gas.

Add Plants 
Common indoor plants can filter air, clear carbon dioxide, and help to reduce levels of air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. Research undertaken by NASA to assess the best plants for filtering the air in the space station found these plants to be most effective: spider plants, peace lilies, English ivy, weeping fig, rubber plants, and Chinese evergreen. However, any types of plants will improve air quality, so don’t worry if you don’t fancy these. At least two plants per hundred square metres of space is recommended to be most effective.

Clean Thoroughly 
A dirty and dusty environment is far more likely to harbour toxic chemicals. Clean regularly to remove particulates and dirt build up. However, try and avoid chemical cleaning materials to avoid adding to the problem.

Bill Turner is is an entrepreneur and family man. He enjoys spending lots of time with his kids and Yorkies. He has a family full of athletes and likes to train on the weekends.