Today a new landmark report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) starkly sets out the dangerous impact air pollution is currently having on our nation’s health – with around 40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution. ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’
presents that the harm from air pollution is not just linked to short term episodes but is a long term problem with lifelong implications.
Every breath we take - The Life cycle cost of air pollutionCamfil.co.uk 23.02.2016:
The RCP RCPCH study details the age related health effects on us all. As individuals we may be limited in the ways we can reduce our exposure to the air pollution we inhale into our bodies. It is often not possible to change where we live, where we work and being exposed to outside polluted air from traffic, rail, planes, ships and power station stacks. Burning of fuels such as oil, gas, wood and coal give out fine carbon particles and harmful gases like nitrogen dioxide.
Closer to home cookers and boilers are indoor sources of harmful air pollution. Air pollution taken into our bodies causing lifelong health impacts and shortens our lives. The type of health damage caused is age related and is well detailed in this study released by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
- Air pollution hotspots can occur both outside and inside buildings and from different sources
- What is not generally realised is that it is possible to control and remove health harming air pollutants from the indoor environment using the effective air filtration solutions now available
- On average, especially in cities, we spend the great majority of our time indoors.(typically 90%)
- Using an office building or place of residence as a safe haven is made possible by the new generation of standalone air purifiers designed to remove fine combustion particles sometimes labelled as PM1 and PM2.5 (Particulate Matter)
- It is much better to use particle filters that remove PM1 to a high level of efficiency. The new air filter test standard ISO16890 due to be ratified later this year is designed to offer a rated efficiency test that will more closely follow the real life working conditions for particle filters.
- Removal of harmful gases such as nitrogen dioxide from air can also be achieved using activated carbon filters. It is also possible to use specially designed combination filters that have both particle and gas removal capability.
- Air monitoring technology is now becoming available and starting to be used for air plant control.
- Weather patterns have a constant effect on air pollution. Wind will rapidly displace city air and help purge air pollutants but still air conditions can be deadly. With little air movement pollution can rapidly build up to dangerous levels.
- Indoor and Outdoor pollution are closely linked. We often open windows to allow outside air to ventilate a 'stuffy' room. It is often high levels of carbon dioxide that makes us feel a room needs ventilation. In cities outside air is not 'fresh air' it usually polluted and comes in through windows, doors and leaks in walls, floors or the roof.
- Large buildings are usually designed with mechanical ventilation. Five air changes an hour is a commonly used design benchmark. In theory outside (polluted) air displaces inside air every 12 minutes. Clearly there is a need for effective air filtration.
Camfil provide main air system filters or standalone air purifiers to make air clean and healthy.
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Camfil is the global industry leader in clean air solutions with more than 50 years of experience. Our solutions protect people, processes and the environment to benefit human health, increase performance, and reduce and manage energy consumption. Twenty-five manufacturing plants, six R&D sites and over 65 local sales offices worldwide provide service and support to our customers. The Camfil Group is headquartered in Sweden but more than 95% of sales are international. The Group has around 3,700 employees and sales in the range of SEK 5.5 billion.
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