The impact of air pollution and how to improve indoor air quality
Air quality is a topic that business owners, Facilities Managers and home owners are increasingly focusing on. This is due to growing awareness surrounding the impact of exposure to poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
Research shows that air pollution can have multiple serious health implications:
- Heart disease
It can also cause minor ailments, including:
- Loss of concentration
A report by the Royal College of Physicians and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health explains that air pollution causes over 40,000 UK deaths each year. Figures from 2012 show that “indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths in Europe” (Ref 1).
As employees become more aware of the impacts of poor IAQ, they are demanding that employers make improvements. Facilities Managers (FMs) can receive regular complaints and concerns regarding the workplace environment including air quality and temperature.
Employers have an obligation under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, 1992, to maintain a safe and comfortable working environment. Any complaints relating to IAQ and thermal comfort must therefore be investigated and action taken.
The most effective way of removing indoor pollutants is to incorporate air purification into the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
The award winning Ingenious Air® Small Duct System can create the perfect indoor climate. It is a modular system that can incorporate heating, air conditioning, outside air ventilation and high specification air purification.
The air purification module is a complete, optional module, which significantly improves indoor air quality. It is also known as the High Efficiency Purification System or HEPS module.
The HEPS combines three leading technologies; high efficiency filtration, UVC germicidal purification and PRO-Cell™ Technology.
This powerful combination neutralises all three types of serious indoor air pollutant, which can lead to short and long-term ill-health:
Airborne bacteria and viruses that cause infectious illnesses. These include influenza, colds, tuberculosis, chickenpox and c.difficile.
Airborne particulates that cause allergies. These include pollen, fungal spores, dust mites, pet dander and tobacco smoke.
Airborne toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause short and long-term ill-health. These include nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, fumes and unpleasant odours from car exhausts, pesticides and cleaning fluids.
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Ref 1: The Royal College of Physicians and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2016) ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’ Available at: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution [Accessed on: 31/03/2016]