It is a fact that we spend 90% of our time indoors. It is important to know that the air we breathe indoors is 8 times more polluted than outdoor air on average.
This indoor pollution causes various types of discomfort such as:
- Respiratory allergies (dust mites, pollen, animal hair, etc.)
- Dryness of the eyes, throat, nose, etc.
- Allergic rhinitis
- Problems concentrating
Purifying indoor air has become a priority. Purer air keeps viruses from spreading and reduces absenteeism.
For more information about the impact of pollution on businesses, read our article about the social risks related to air quality
The most common pollutants in the air of your business premises
Sources of internal pollution
The beginning of winter is synonymous with the flu, gastroenteritis and common cold. That is why limiting the spread of viruses in a company helps reduce absenteeism and improve work productivity.
More and more people are subject to discomfort related to dust and large particles (for example from animal air, pollen, etc.). Give yourself a pleasant work environment in which you feel good and protect your employees with allergies by purifying the air of your business premises.
Volatile organic compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases and vapours that contain carbon. They are used in multiple business sectors, particularly in industrial processes using solvents (paints, glues, varnishes, inks, surface treatments, degreasing, dry cleaning, rubber, etc.). VOCs used in a wide range of materials and products for building renovations include benzene (in paints, solvents), toluene (in paints, thinners, varnishes, glues, sealing products) and formaldehyde (in glues for pressed wood products, fabrics, glues and adhesives, paints and coatings).The effects of VOCs are highly variable. They range from olfactory disturbance to carcinogenic effects, and include various forms of irritation and reduced respiratory capacity.
Sources of external pollution
External pollution can also be found in offices:
Diesel engines release PM10 particulates into the air. These fine particulates are one of the main health risk factors related to air pollution in urban environments.
The World Health Organization (WHO) linked them to certain lung cancers in 2012. They also cause other pulmonary diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The finer the particulates, the more aggressive they are, settling deep into the bronchi and creating inflammation. There are also cardiovascular risks (chest pain, heart attack, cardiac rhythm disorders), which occur when very fine particulates cross through the lining of the bronchial tubes and enter the bloodstream. This thickens the blood, which then has a greater risk of coagulating.
Depending on the location of your building, you may be affected by pollution generated by your neighbours. When you purify the indoor air of your building, you are also protecting your employees from the pollution emitted by industrial businesses located nearby.
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