Healthy Schools Index
“Children are especially harmed by air pollution for both environmental and biological reasons. Children breathe more air per unit body weight and therefore, inhale more airborne toxicants than adults exposed to the same amount of air pollution.”
Chest (American College of Chest Physicians) 2019, Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Diseases. A Review by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies’ Environmental Committee. Part 1: The Damaging Effect of Air Pollution, Vol 155 Issue 2, Feb
Environmental safeguard for your school
ACOEM Healthy Schools Index (HSI) is an easy-to-use application (app) that gives you immediate access to precise data about environmental conditions in and around your school via any connected device (computer, tablet or smartphone).
ACOEM HSI uses hyperlocal AQMesh™ sensor technology supported by GATOR™ software to report accurate, real-time information about both air and noise quality.
It measures five essential pollution parameters in a single app to determine overall environmental health:
- Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
- Ozone (O3)
- Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5)
- Particulate Matter 10 (PM10)
How does the ACOEM Healthy Schools Index work?
AQMesh™ environmental monitoring pods are a sensor-based instrument specifically designed to measure hyperlocal environmental trends in real time.
ACOEM will install one or more AQMesh™ pods on your school grounds or childcare centre. The units are relatively small and unobtrusive, and can be mounted in various locations to suit your individual needs. You can add, subtract, or relocate individual AQMesh pods when and where required giving you greater monitoring flexibility and scalability.
Data from the AQMesh™ pods is captured wirelessly and processed using specialised GATOR™ software. The data is then analysed and presented accurately in an internet browser window on your desktop, smartphone or other mobile device.
Even small variations in air quality and/or noise levels can be easily identified.
Why your school needs the Healthy Schools Index
Every child deserves to feel safe and healthy at school. Parents and caregivers want to be reassured that their child is protected against environmental conditions that could potentially threaten their health and safety.
While typical environmental scales separate air and noise pollution, the ACOEM Healthy Schools Index combines them to create one easy-to-understand index that ranges from 0 to 100+.
ACOEM Healthy Schools Index is a single, easy to use application that gives you a wide range of environmental information in one place and allows you to fulfill your duty of care and make critical decisions regarding your school and students quickly and efficiently.
It can also help you define and develop your school’s policies regarding children’s exposure to acceptable pollution levels in much the same way as you currently have wet weather or excessive temperature guidelines.
Used correctly, the ACOEM Healthy Schools Index is an accurate, simple and effective solution that provides peace of mind for both the educators and parents.
ACOEM Healthy Schools Index (HSI) measures five pollution parameters to determine environmental health:
Identifying the immediate and most dangerous pollution parameter is always going to be critical, so the ACOEM Healthy Schools Index purposefully does not combine environmental data to create an average environmental score. Instead the HSI score is an absolute value.
If any of the five pollution parameters has a high reading, it will automatically change the current HSI score and colour to match, alerting you of the potential hazard. This ensures faster thread identification so appropriate action can be taken to protect the health of students, staff and visitors.
How Accurate is the Data?
AQMesh™ is the tried and tested name in small sensor technology for commercial use, with thousands of hours of real-world trials and placements in 30+ countries. No other commercially available small sensor system demonstrates better accuracy*.
Pollution levels can vary greatly over short distances – even 50 metres can make a big difference to data accuracy.
When it comes to detecting potentially hazardous air and noise pollution levels, having one or more AQMesh™ pods at your school ensures that the data is ‘hyperlocal’ and far more accurate than data from a government-operated environmental monitoring station that might be located kilometres away.
*Environmental Instruments Ltd 2016, “Looking for a ‘low cost’ air quality monitoring solution?”
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