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Making life safer - fume and pollutants lab opens at Abington

Connect, no.130, May/June 2004, p.6

Bernard Guerini and Bevan Braithwaite at the opening of the Leonard Parker Pool Fume Laboratory
Bernard Guerini and Bevan Braithwaite at the opening of the Leonard Parker Pool Fume Laboratory

A new fume investigation laboratory, sponsored by Air Products, has been opened within TWI's Engineering Hall.

Named after Air Products' founder, Leonard Parker Pool, the Fume Laboratory will advance safety in the field of welding by helping industry develop and test processes and products that limit potentially harmful fume and gas emissions.

TWI has a worldwide reputation for its work on fume. Now it has laboratory space dedicated to the full-time study and measurement of fume and pollutant gas emissions, and their impact on personal exposure levels and health and safety in the workplace.

The new lab will allow welding trials to be carried out on various processes and procedures with different equipment, materials and consumables.

The installation will include new state-of-the-art equipment for measuring the emission rate of fume and pollutant gases.

TWI's Chief Executive Bevan Braithwaite said; 'This is a significant step for every industry involved in welding. Making welding a safer process for the people who undertake it, as well as reducing the impact on the work environmentis a key priority for us.'

'This dedicated laboratory space will provide the best conditions possible for the accurate and reproducible measurement of fume and pollutant gas emissions and will help to further our understanding in this key area of workplace health and safety.'

'The relationship between Air Products and TWI stretches back over twenty-five years' Air Products' European President Bernard Guerini told Connect. 'In that time the partnership has been responsible for some groundbreaking research including the development of the first technique for reproducibly measuring potentially harmful ozone exposure during welding'.

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