The EPA Lists Indoor Air Pollution as Among the Top Five Environmental Health Risks
When one thinks about air pollution, we usually think of outside air; possibly we envision a picture of a super industrialised city with lots of cars and smog. What you probably didn’t know is the latest studies show that indoor air quality is 2x-5x more polluted than the air outside; even if you work in a rural town. That’s an alarming concern considering humans and pets spend more than 90% of our lives indoors. Ever wonder why more people are sick in the winter months? They spend even more time indoors, and have even poorer ventilation, because most keep windows closed to save money from heat escaping. This not only affects us at home, but even more so at work, for several reasons:
We spend more hours during the day at our jobs than at home
What is being done at our place of business (processing, manufacturing, storage, working with chemicals and other contaminants, etc.)
Poor, outdated, ventilation systems with no filters or inferior filters that are clogged and haven’t been changed; or no ventilation at all.
Contact with others who aren’t well and can spread airborne viruses/pathogens.
Studies show, particulate matter, especially ultra-fine (<2.5 pm, invisible to the naked eye), are suspected allergens and causes of an abundance of health problems ranging from astma, allergic symptoms, and viruses, to depression, and even lung cancer.
These studies also show these particulates mirror the environment outside the building – lead, soot, ozone, among others – but can become even more concentrated in closed indoor environments.
WHAT IF I JUST WORK IN AN OFFICE BUILDING AND NOT A MANUFACTURING/PROCESSING PLANT?
Particulates are brought in by people, and can “infiltrate” even the best sealed buildings through open doors, cracks and other access points. They are smuggled in on our clothing, on our skin, and on everything from parts deliveries to break room supplies. They are also generated by photocopiers (carbon particles), a common office staple.
Most offices have underperforming ventilation systems that can also be the cause of particulate infiltration by not exchanging air effectively or by actually transferring particulate matter from the outdoors inside. These inadequate systems also help the movement of particulates, viruses and other biologicals, enabling sickness to spread. Have you ever noticed a layer of dust or soot on a shelf or counter at your job? That’s just some of the visual evidence that airborne particles are being inhaled by you, your colleagues/workers and your visitors; not including clogging up your machinery at your workplace, which is one of the biggest contributors to having frequent maintenance or replacement of them. The other part, which can be more dangerous are the particles you don’t see.
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