Respirable Particulates and Indoor Air Quality Concerns
The air people breathe has an impact on their health and there are many different types of airborne pollutants that are known to cause health issues. One of these is particulate matter, also referred to as PM. This is the name for a wide range of particles that are small enough to be carried by the air and be inhaled by people.
PM can be a solid or liquid, or even a mixture of both. These tiny particles may range from 0.005 µm to 100 µm in diameter. Very small particles pose a significant threat to people’s health because they can travel deep into the human lung. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Some studies also suggest that long-term PM 2.5 exposures may be linked to cancer and to harmful developmental and reproductive effects, such as infant mortality and low birth weight.”
Fine particulate matter can be found in both outdoor air and the air in homes and buildings. In addition to outdoor air containing PM making its way into a structure, many indoor environments also have sources of fine particulate matter. It may come from furnaces, unvented space heaters, cooking stoves, woodstoves, environmental tobacco smoke and indoor mold growth to name just a few sources. Manufacturing facilities, industrial sites and construction activities may also expose workers to a wide range of respirable particulates.
“Depending on the type, concentration and amount of time a person is exposed to particulate matter, they may experience a variety of health effects,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “These may include eye, nose, and throat irritation; respiratory infections and bronchitis; and even lung cancer in some circumstances. At EMSL, we provide air testing analysis to help identify PM in residential, commercial and industrial settings using the most advanced instrumentation available. EMSL’s Product Division also provides access to the industry’s leading particle counters.”
EMSL recently sponsored an online video about particulate matter and indoor air quality that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/_7n6l6oQUqQ.
To learn more about air testing services and field instrumentation, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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- EMSL Analytical, Inc.
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