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TISI readying standards on air purifiers, motorcycle and vehicle emissions

Jan 20. 2020
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By THE NATION

The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) is readying measures to counter air pollution caused by increased PM2.5 particulate matter, said secretary-general Wanchai Panomchai.

“We are drawing up regulatory standards for air purifiers to make these efficient in tackling PM2.5 and eliminate odors in households and industrial facilities,” he said. “It is expected to be completed and ready for enforcement later this year.”

The institute has already announced industrial standards for sugarcane harvesters (TIS 2773-2560) that can efficiently minimise leftovers and hence reduce the need to burn fields, which is one of the main factors causing PM2.5 pollution, he added.

“The TISI will also enforce emission standards for motorcycles [TIS 2915-2561], so they are in line with the Euro 4 standard by mid-2020, while standards for small and large motor vehicles will be in line with Euro 5 and Euro 6, both of which will be enforced soon after,” Wanchai said.

Other industrial standards announced relate to various products aimed at tackling air pollution, such as respiratory protection devices (TIS 2382-2551), single-use hygienic masks (TIS 2424-2562) and N95 surgical masks (TIS 2480-2562).

“As for the existing standard for air purifiers [TIS 1516-2549], it covers only usage safety, such as electric shock prevention and is yet to cover efficiency in dust particle purification,” Wanchai added.

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