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Tarmac technician appointed chair of national emissions and testing group

Paul Firth, emissions monitoring technician for Tarmac’s Cement and Lime business, has been elected as the Chairman of the Source Testing Association’s (STA) Process Operators’ Group for 2018-2020.

Years of dedication to ensuring emissions monitoring and measuring are first class have led to Paul’s appointment to the leading role within the STA, a non-profit making technical trade group.  Its membership comprises more than 200 companies including process operators, regulators, equipment manufacturers and test laboratories.

Paul, who has been actively involved with the STA for 13 years, will now chair the group as it continues its mission to help UK industries stay at the forefront of technology and incorporate best practice in emissions monitoring.

It does this through:

  • contributing to the development of industry standards, codes, safety procedures and operating principles;

  • encouraging the personal and professional development of practicing source testers and students;

  • maintaining a body of current sampling knowledge;

  • assisting in maintenance of a high level of ethical conduct;

  • seeking co-operative endeavours with other professional organisations, institutions and regulatory bodies, nationally and internationally, that are engaged in source emissions testing.

Tarmac’s senior environment manager for Cement and Lime, Dave Shenton, said: “We’re really proud of Paul and congratulate him on his new role with the STA. This news is great recognition for the 13 years Paul has been an active member of the STA. It’s great to see Paul taking steps to develop his career with extra activity outside the Tarmac business and his experience will also bring some great knowledge and expertise back to the company as well.”

Paul added: “Emissions monitoring is one of the most important and challenging elements of our operations and it’s important that we stay at the forefront of knowledge and practice. I am

delighted to take on this role – it was offered to me after I spoke at the 2017 Air Quality and Emissions Show. As Chairman of the group, I will represent all the process operators’ topics and issues as well as collating information and data.”


Tarmac technician appointed chair of national emissions and testing group

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