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Everything About Smoke SchoolFor both veteran VE observers and first-time attendees. We define what smoke school is and how our process is unique.
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Smoke school is the process of training someone to visually measure the opacity (density) of smoke or other visible emissions. Why would you want to look at smoke? Facilities that produce visible emissions (smoke, dust, etc.) are required to monitor the opacity of their emissions to ensure they do not exceed an opacity limit. If the limit is exceeded, the facility may be subject to substantial fines.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a test method to visually measure opacity. This method is called EPA Method 9. Smoke school trains and certifies you in accordance with EPA Method 9. Smoke school is composed of two parts; the lecture course and field testing. The lecture is recommended every 3 years and the field test is required every 6 months.
For over 20 years we have been improving the smoke school process to make it as thorough & efficient as possible. Here are some of the ways we are unique: