View the following World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines that aim to eliminate or reduce exposure to air pollutants:
The 'Air Quality (PM2.5 particulate air pollution) and Mortality in Scotland' briefing provides background information on Scotland’s:
- air pollution and its implications for public health
- current position in relation to policy and strategy on air quality
It's been produced to coincide with the publication of data on the estimated burden of mortality associated with particulate air pollution at local level within the UK. The briefing is therefore intended primarily for the benefit of local agencies in responding to requests for information on air quality and its impact on health and life expectancy at local level.
A supporting document provides additional information to local agencies, including a series of questions and answers:
Products of combustion
The principal products of efficient combustion of organic material are water vapour and carbon dioxide. However, toxic and noxious chemicals may be produced during incomplete or inefficient combustion. In general, the less efficient the combustion, the more toxins are produced. The guidance below lists the:
- substances of concern
- exposure symptoms
- possible long term effects
FInd out more on toxins in fire smoke.