Exposure to oxides of nitrogen (NOx which denotes the mixture of nitrogen monoxide, NO, and nitrogen dioxide, NO2) commonly arises in the tunnelling industry from diesel engine exhaust emissions and from the use of explosives. The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) guidance levels for NO are 5 ppm for an 8 hour time weighted average (TWA) and 15 ppm for a 15 minute short term exposure limit (STEL). Real-time monitors are used by the construction industry as they provide a means of checking that controls are effective. Previous laboratory work at HSL evaluated various commercial detectors potentially suitable as portable monitors and studied the conversion rate of NO to NO2 in air using pure gases (ie NO and air). This current project investigated:
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