Certain Misconceptions


1. Common misconceptions about RSPM : Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter includes PM2.5 and PM1.0 only, it will not include PM10, as smaller particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and harm more than coarser particles.

2. TSPM (Total Suspended Particulate Matters): It will not have much adverse effects on the health.

3. Meaning of AQMS (Air Quality monitoring Station): Merely 1-2 or 3 analyzers in a station are really not qualified to be called as AQMS. An AQMS should contain at least 5 criteria pollutants namely, PM2.5, PM10, O3, NOx, CO and VOCs (Benzene, Toluene, Xylene).

4. QA & QC (Quality Assurance and Quality Check): It is a most critical issue all over the globe but it is more prominent in India as we still use manual PM high volume sampler in many places instead of automatic analyzers which have more precision, if used properly.

5. Technology: Go hand in hand with advancement is technology. It should reduce the efforts of manual sampling.

6. Impacts: Join hands with Health and Agriculture experts to effectively utilize the potential of AQ data and its impacts.