Air Pollution Prevention and Control in Industries

Training objectives:

On completion of the course, participants will:-

Describe the air pollution scenario globally and locally in their state.

· Explain the legal and institutional framework in India in relation to air pollution and compare the same with international regulations and standards.

· Describe the nature and characteristics of different types of industrial air pollutants.

· Explain the fundamental aspects of applying dry and wet techniques for removal of pollutants.

· Describe the principles of prevention of air pollution.

· Identify relevant air pollution control methods and equipment for small and medium scale industries

· Evaluate the features of air pollution control in an existing industry and suggest measures for improvement

· Consistently strive to reduce air pollution in industries through prevention and control

· Persuade management to evaluate investment decisions for air pollution control

Detailed Training Plan

Background and rationale of the Course :

The training needs assessment (TNA) indicated that less than half of the industries surveyed were in compliance with the SPCB standards, though a large number of them had invested in pollution control equipment. On the basis of the reasons cited for such non-compliance the following training needs were identified :

· Knowledge and skills in operation and maintenance of air pollution control equipment
· Knowledge and skills in selection of air pollution control equipment
· Knowledge and skills for effective monitoring of emission from stacks
· Knowledge regarding stack height guidelines
· Improve understanding of and skill to use air pollutant dispersion models

This course is designed to cover the first two training needs listed above (the remaining are covered in course 4.1). The broad coverage of this course takes into consideration, the status of air pollution control in the Indian context vis-a-vis the western countries.

In western countries, air pollution prevention is considered more important and effective than installation of air pollution control equipment. Prevention measures often lead to energy/ cost savings for industries. In fact, environmental clearance authorities expect industries to consider all possible prevention methods before planning to instal air pollution control equipment.

Considering the above situation, the following factors are relevant in the Indian context and are addressed by the course:

· Scope for greater prevention of air pollution
· Considerable scope for a better understanding of the nature and parameters of the Indian air emission and ambient air quality standards.
· Industry managers' need for inputs on air pollution management including identification of environmental performance indicators for operational staff
· Need for increased understanding, by industry managers, consultants and PCB staff, of the principles of operation of air pollution control equipment, before even being trained on selection and maintenance of equipment

This course, only provides a broad overview of solutions to industry problems. However, case-specific solutions to industry-specific problems such as as fugitive emissions from mining/ flue gases from DG sets are beyond the scope of this course.

It is expected that greater understanding of management techniques, prevention measures and operating principles of air pollution control equipment would provide substantial inputs for design and implementation of solutions aimed at continuously higher compliance with Indian air pollution standards and requirements.


· Industry managers responsible for environmental performance specially in industries with substantial air pollution problems.

· Consultants to industries in air pollution prevention and control.

· PCB officers at middle and junior levels.

Participant's background

· Degree in science or engineering.

· Sufficient on-the-job experience with air pollution prevention/ control or production processes involving air pollution.

Recommended minimum and maximum number of participants

Not less than 18 and not more than 24.