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Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion set up Pol­lu­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Lab­o­ra­tory (PML) in 2000 to mon­i­tor en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. PML is an ISO cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­tory for con­duct­ing sci­en­tific stud­ies on en­vi­ron­men­tal sam­ples. PML has highly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced staff that ex­er­cise An­a­lyt­i­cal Qual­ity Con­trol and metic­u­lously follow Good Lab­o­ra­tory Prac­tices. It is equipped with so­phis­ti­cated state-of-art equip­ment for mon­i­tor­ing and analysing air, wa­ter, soil and food con­tam­i­na­tion, in­clud­ing GC, GC-MS, HPLC, AAS, mi­crowave as­sisted di­ges­tion sys­tem, PM1.0, PM2.5 & PM10 anal­yser, ozone mon­i­tor, sound level me­ter, EMF ra­di­a­tion mea­sure­ment sys­tem, and has fa­cil­i­ties for mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal anal­y­sis.

PML has con­ducted sev­eral sci­en­tific stud­ies that have brought pol­icy changes and new reg­u­la­tions in In­dia. This in­cludes pes­ti­cides in bot­tled wa­ter, pes­ti­cides in soft drinks, ph­tha­lates in toys, lead in paints, an­tibi­otics in honey and an­tibi­otics in chicken, etc.

PML has been or­gan­is­ing train­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grammes for Cen­tral and State Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Boards for mid/ se­nior level of­fi­cers on wa­ter qual­ity, air qual­ity, trace met­als and or­ganic anal­y­sis. The par­tic­i­pants get hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence on the use of so­phis­ti­cated an­a­lyt­i­cal equip­ment for anal­y­sis of air, wa­ter and soil pol­lu­tion pa­ram­e­ters. The pro­gramme in­cludes lec­tures and demon­stra­tion on lat­est tech­nolo­gies for pol­lu­tion mon­i­tor­ing.


Sam­ple col­lec­tion, stor­age and preser­va­tion Chro­mato­graphic tech­niques and their ap­pli­ca­tions in fuel oil adul­ter­ation, an­tibi­otics in food, pes­ti­cides in air, wa­ter and soil, etc Am­bi­ent air pes­ti­cides con­cen­tra­tion—de­tec­tion, method­ol­ogy and anal­y­sis Ex­ist­ing and emerg­ing sam­ple prepa­ra­tion tech­niques for trace or­ganic anal­y­sis “Deci­bel Drum­ming”—Noise level mon­i­tor­ing, in­stru­men­ta­tion and con­trol strate­gies Lab­o­ra­tory ex­per­i­ments on de­ter­mi­na­tion of pes­ti­cides in wa­ter, de­ter­mi­na­tion of heavy met­als in soil, mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal anal­y­sis of wa­ter, mea­sure­ment of EMF ra­di­a­tions from cell phone tow­ers

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