There is a growing concern about the current state of the environment and the negative effects it is having on the health of the American people. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists air quality among the top five hazardous influences U.S. citizens face on a daily basis. Businesses operating with poor air quality put their employee’s health and wellbeing as well as machine life at risk. When poor air quality causes employee illness, that effect directly translates into lower productivity and lost profits.
The EPA estimates that poor air quality costs the taxpayers billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical costs every year. The EPA Clean Air Act shows us that the numbers don’t lie – in 2010 alone, reductions in fine particle and ozone pollution prevented 13 million lost workdays. Good air quality for a business is an investment that pays dividends later on.
People living in Los Angeles (LA) face the highest levels of smog and poor air quality in the world. Experts estimate that living and breathing in the LA air is equivalent to smoking 2-15 cigarettes a day when pollution is at its highest.
LA air is cleaner now than 2017 when we had 145 days of unhealthy air, compared to well over 200 in the late 1980s. Peak smog levels are lower; but LA still has the worst smog in the country, according to the American Lung Association's 2018 State of the Air report. Reducing poor air quality with proper air filtration in the workplace is the key to offsetting these effects and keeping your employees healthy and happy.
Health Effects of Smog
The health effects of smog can range from minor irritation of the eyes to lethal diseases such as lung cancer. Inflammation of the tissue in the lungs can cause symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing and can exacerbate an attack in those who suffer from asthma. Prolonged exposure can greatly increase the risk of catching a cold or developing pneumonia.
Children and elderly people are at higher risk than most when it comes to exposure to poor air quality. Prolonged smog exposure can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other cardiovascular diseases.
Air particulates in your factory airstream can also decrease the life of your machinery and office equipment. For example, dust alone can block fan vents or computer equipment that causes overheating. Condensation mixed with dust creates a conductive sludge that can cause damaged wiring. Contaminants that enter a hydraulic system can mean catastrophic machine failure.
Businesses can only benefit from improving the air quality in their employee’s environment. The minor upfront costs will pay off in increased productivity, reduced insurance costs, improved employee health and the general morale. The clever business might also advertise their dedication to employee health and wellness as a selling point to attract top talent.
It is essential that all workplaces be equipped with a quality indoor air purification system. This will not only improve the health of your employees, but it will also increase productivity and profits.
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