Last month the government launched their Clean Air Strategy outlining their policy on tackling all sources of air pollution to make our air healthier to breathe and reduce the risk to human health and the environment.
The document recognises how air pollution has a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing, highlighting their determination to improve air quality and the cost on the economy by reducing exposure to particle matter (ePM).
Statistically, nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization safe levels. However, while outdoor air pollution receives regular attention, the impact of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is often an overlooked area of public health. This is suprising as research suggests indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. With many of us spending more than 90% of our time indoors – much of that at work – it’s vital we improve the quality of indoor air at business premises.
Here at CFP we welcome the new Clean Air Strategy, which recognises the effect of IAQ. The government have pledged a range of recommendations to reduce exposure of ePM pollution, setting a long-term target to reduce people’s exposure to ePM 2.5. This includes action from the manufacturing industry, farming, businesses and the wider society.
But why does ePM matter?
Poor IAQ can have a harmful impact on our health, leading to increased risk of respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
The impact of poor IAW isn’t limited to personal health with indoor air polluition also having significant and commercial consequences, including increased energy costs of up to 50%, reduced employee productivity, increased absenteeism, poor customer experience and potential legal action – damaging business reputation.
For more than 20 years CFP has been creating effective filtration solutions that help employers, facilities managers and business owners provide clean, safe and comfortable working environments that benefit customers, employees and ultimately their businesses. Our range of ProSyntex and AirSyntex Air Filters are tested to ISO 16890 and will deliver consistent performance that filters from ePM10 through to ePM1.
To find out more about how CFP can help to improve the quality of your indoor air, contact our expert team on 0161 406 5050.