Indoor air pollution is the degradation of indoor air quality by harmful chemicals and other materials; it can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. As people spend a considerable amount of time indoors, either at work or at home, indoor air quality plays a significant part in their general state of health. There is evidence, for example, that air pollution particles could play a role in spreading COVID-19, and based on the urgency of the situation DO YOU think most of your indoor spaces are probably ready to defend against viruses and pathogens?
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports airborne particulate matter as a Group 1 carcinogen and as the biggest environmental risk to health facing humanity now, with responsibility for about 1 in every 9 deaths annually. Also, 6% of deaths in low-income countries are attributed to indoor air pollution. As stated by CPSC ‘’Indoor air pollutants can come from a long list of potential sources such as combustion sources like gas, coal, deteriorated building materials, central heating and cooling systems, products for household cleaning and maintenance, humidification devices or outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution. It is also possible that Coronavirus and other potential pathogens can become suspended in the air through droplets for up to 3 hours, potentially enabling it to travel with the airflow in the indoor premises and can lead to infections. Immediate health effects caused by poor IAQ may include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue and symptoms of asthma. While long term effects include Respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer.
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For the business community, indoor air quality has a significant impact on employee productivity and acts in terms of both their health and their sense of well-being. Workers within factories and warehouses are exposed to substantial amounts of chemicals and pollutants, making air quality a critical safety issue for anyone working in these environments. Poor IAQ may lead to deterioration of goods stored in warehouses and manufacturing devices in factories resulting in business loss. Harmful air quality can cause severe issues, especially in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, with increased exposure to bacteria. Healthcare staff, residents, and patients with pre-existing conditions or who are undergoing treatment are particularly at risk for contracting Hospital-Acquired Infections. Indoor air quality in schools has received particular attention in recent years and according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, respiratory illnesses are the most common cause of absenteeism, with asthma-related illnesses accounting for more than 14 million missed school days every year alone. Poor Indoor Air Quality can decrease students’ ability to perform specific mental tasks and can lead to verbal, perceptual and behavioural disabilities.
Indoor air pollutants can be represented as Particulate Matter, PMx ( where ‘x’ defines the maximum particle diameter in the airborne particle mixture or ‘aerosol’) Eg. PM2.5 PM10 etc. Improving indoor air quality means contributing to better health and creating a safer environment for the population indoors. One effective way of achieving sufficient air quality can be like hiring a professional environment monitoring solution based on high precision air quality dust sensors capable of detecting even the slightest PM particles. .
These solutions are better enough to enable a better particle pollution analysis in factories, offices, hospitals, schools, malls, restaurants and so on. Various established vendors provide easy to deploy, completely wireless technology solutions that can be customized as per various industry requirements. These solutions also help organizations to adhere to various safety standards and quality accreditation in their particular industry. It will help businesses to safely reopen warehouses, factories, offices, auditoriums, conference halls, restaurants, colleges, and other facilities while giving employees & customers the required confidence.
The ISO 45001 2018 OH&S standard specifies the key requirements for a desirable occupational health & safety management system within an organization. An ideal OH&S system within your organization can make you equipped well in advance to deal with the Coronavirus hazard
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