Packaged drinking water or natural mineral water is everywhere. It is now available in pouches, cups, bottles and bulky transparent jars.
The mission of the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) is to catalyze communities and NGOs to fight polluters across the country by supporting them with scientific proof and documentation of pollution and its health impacts. It is an independent analytical, research and development laboratory that determines pesticide residues, conducts water quality analysis and ambient air monitoring.
Physico-chemicals parameters and their significance
Major air pollutants and their associated health hazards
Application and health effects of pesticides commonly used in India S.No. Pesticide Name What it is used for
Pollutants Methods of Measurement BIS Method No. Time Weighted Average Suspended Particulate Matter (PM100) Respirable Dust Sampler IS- 5182 (part 4) 1973 24 hourly
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Physical parameters Color , PH, Turbidity, Conductivity, Hardness, Total solids, Total dissolved solids. Total suspended solids, Oil and Grease, acidity, alkalinity, Chemical Oxygen Demand, Dissolved Oxygen Inorganic Chloride, fluoride, bromide, nitrite, nitrate, carbonates, phosphate, sulphate Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. Other inorganic substances can be tested such as iodide, cyanide, carbonate, bicarbonate, etc.
The CSE Lab analyses the following groups of widely used pesticides in India Chlorinated hydrocarbons such as DDT, DDD, DDE, g-HCH, lindane, aldrin, dieldrin, a, b - endosulphan, endosulphan sulphate and heptachlor, etc. Organophosphorus pesticides like dimethoate diazinon, phosphamidon, methyl parathion malathion, monocrotophos, chlorpyriphos etc. Carbamates like carbaryl, carbofuran, aldicarb, oxamyl, methomyl etc.
New Delhi, August 17, 2009: The paints used in Indian homes come with a deadly health cost. Most of the popular brands of paints contain high quantities of lead, a toxin especially dangerous for children -- says a latest study done by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
Results of CSE laboratory study on cooking oils released. Study looks at major brands in the market. Reveals some unpalatable facts about fat
The international negotiation by UNEP to ban such Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) has already short listed 12 chemicals and endosulfan is expected to be the 13th name in the list.