Prevent Health Consequences for Building Users with Regular Air Duct System Cleaning

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is a significant environmental risk to health and is estimated to cause approximately 2 million premature deaths annually worldwide.

Outdoor and indoor air pollution is often beyond the control of individuals, and where people congregate in large groups such as public buildings, offices, industrial units, hospitals or residences, maintaining air quality is likely the responsibility of building facilities. manager.

Sources of air pollution include particulates – small airborne particles produced from sources such as the burning of solid fuels for heating, but in a business or public setting, they are more likely to enter the atmosphere from the industrial process or used air. external atmosphere.

A well-known source in the summer is pollen, which is a scourge for hay fever sufferers, and carbon emissions from traffic, which can also cause breathing difficulties.

Long-term and intense exposure to particles can contribute to the risk of developing lung cancer, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Buildings also release pollutants from materials used in construction, assembly and flooring. For example, formaldehyde is used in various products, cabinets and carpets, as it is an excellent preservative and binding agent. Pressed wood and furniture made from these products are found in offices and homes, and urea-formaldehyde foam insulation is one of the main sources of formaldehyde.

There is also dust, which is an inevitable part of everyday life wherever there are people engaged in any activity.

All of these sources of air pollution can contribute to poor air quality, and in a large building, ventilation, evacuation systems and air ducts associated with heating or air conditioning are an important part of improving air quality.

Scientific evidence shows that higher ventilation rates will generally improve job performance and provide financial benefits.

In the UK, Defra, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, publishes a pack of information on different types of pollutants and there is further guidance from the Department of Health.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also publishes case studies of people whose health has been affected by air pollution, including the story of a carpenter and carpenter who died of lung cancer after inhaling asbestos particles during his working life. There are currently strict measures to protect people from asbestos and severely restrict its use, but the case study shows the seriousness of the consequences of ignoring air quality issues.

Regular air duct cleaning of a building’s ventilation system is therefore an important element of ensuring the health and safety of building workers and other users.

A specialist commercial cleaner will be able to assess the condition of the building’s ductwork, ensure that all parts are working correctly when filters need to be replaced, that the ductwork seals are working, and that the system is operating efficiently and not putting occupants at risk.

Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers

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