In the UK, measuring instruments are used to measure the tilt of objects, such as the angle between a building’s front and back windows, and the angle of the ground.
These instruments are commonly called ‘drawing instruments’, as they’re usually attached to a person’s arm.
They’re often used in hospitals to record vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels.
But these instruments can also be used to assess the environment around us, such to determine the extent of soil or dust pollution, and to measure changes in the earth’s surface.
The UK’s health and environment secretary, Andy Burnham, has previously said he wants to see more than just measuring instruments used in healthcare.
“The health and wellbeing of people and the environment are closely intertwined,” he told the BBC’s Health & Safety Committee in April 2016.
“So we want to see people and environments being measured, whether it’s through instruments or by other means, to see how much they are changing and to see what kind of impact that is having.”
In 2018, the UK Government announced it would be buying new measuring instruments to help improve the quality of healthcare measurements.
The devices are designed to measure a range of variables, such the height of trees or buildings, the colour of a leaf, or the temperature of a building.
This new range of instruments are expected to be installed in all public buildings by 2020.