Air pollution matters
With 92% of the world’s population breathing air deemed unsafe by the World Health Organization*, air filters play a crucial role in protecting every one of us from the harmful effects of air pollution. And it’s a big job; one in nine deaths is now associated with poor air quality*. Read the information below to find out what you can do to protect building occupants or valuable assets from harmful particulate.
What pollutants are in the air around us? And what filter should you use to stop them causing damage? Our guide to the typical contaminants reveals the sizes of common contaminants and what filter you need.
We know. Buying air filters is not usually seen as an exciting, value-adding purchase like a new batch of computers or piece of machinery. Most businesses buy air filters because they have to. It is a routine purchase; replacing a worn-out part with a new one. And because of this, it is often a quick process with little analysis to work out if the existing filter system is delivering all it can do. It is usually a case of looking at what is currently installed, and replacing like for like.
It’s the greatest environmental challenge that we face, but what is the scale of the threat posed by air pollution? And what can you do to protect yourself and the people that use your building from toxic air quality? Our article examines seven statistics that reveal the true danger of air pollution and what you can do about it.
The air around us has changed dramatically over the last 60 years. Thick smog has been replaced with a cocktail of finer pollutants that penetrate further into our bodies. And as this has happened, the impact on our health has worsened. Air filtration provides defense against this pollution, but some filters are unable to cope with the demands of today’s air.
You are likely to have come across the term ‘particulate matter’ or ‘PM’ in the news. It’s commonly used by scientists and commentators as an indicator to demonstrate the level of air pollution in a particular area. But what is particulate matter? And how should it affect your filter selection?
We have all seen the headlines about the damage air pollution is doing to our bodies. And we take comfort that we can escape the toxic outdoor air by taking shelter indoors. The problem is that these inside spaces are often not as safe as we think.
Indoor air pollution is typically two to five times higher than that found outdoors. Responsible building owners and operators are recognizing this fact, and establishing processes to protect the people that spend time in their buildings. Find out what you can do in our article.
Air pollution takes most of the headlines, but air quality is not just an outdoor issue. And it is not just an issue for public organizations either. Just as asbestos has caused problems retrospectively for employers, air pollution from other sources is now a key element in creating a safe working environment. And that is perhaps nowhere more important than in the production workshops of metalworking companies. The difficulty for metalworking companies is managing the oil mist risk while also contending with the pressures of lean manufacturing, shorter lead times and machine tools that are spinning faster and longer – all of which contribute to higher levels of industrial pollution.
But what is the nature of this industrial pollution? And what can manufacturers do to address it?