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Limiting the Exposure to Industrial Fumes with an Air Purifier

Working in hazardous conditions is a serious problem that affects many people every day. Obviously, not all jobs are equally dangerous and some of them posses certain risks such as on-the-job injuries or exposure to harmful elements. The industrial sector is especially dangerous. Production here often involves working with harmful chemicals or operating heavy machinery. Even certain apparently common, harmless products can involve production processes that can put the health and even the lives of workers at risk. In order to limit the hazardous potential as much as possible, there are many regulatory committees all over the world that set certain standards in place in regards to protecting the health of the workers. Even so, some dangers still exist, particularly the dangers posed by industrial Read more [...]

Charcoal Air Purifier, Charcoal Filter, Chemical Air Purifier

The Truth about Charcoal Air Purifiers A charcoal air purifier or charcoal filter, also commonly known as an activated carbon air filter, works by absorbing the gases and odors in the air. However, the cost and size of a charcoal purifier filter varies considerably. Charcoal that is marketed as activated carbon has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of pores in between the carbon atoms. This works so well because the millions of tiny cells that are in the charcoal in addition to being very porous also attract and capture odors and gases. A carbon air filter is also often used in military gas masks and water purifiers. This is because it is capable of absorbing toxic gases in air as well as chlorine and other chemicals in water. When the available cells are full of absorbed Read more [...]

Industrial Fumes

In the US, the agency responsible for worker health and safety is OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They set levels for worker exposure to fumes and the safety equipment needed. Once these fumes escape the facility, they become the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency. An air purifier system may be mandated, depending on the regulations in place. Commonly, the EPA will require a fume extractor to keep volatile chemicals out of the environment. Industrial fumes are those products of manufacturing which make it into the air, either inside the plant or outside. Some are generated by the manufacturing process itself, while others are a consequence of using highly concentrated chemicals during production. In industrial applications, chemicals are often Read more [...]

Formaldehyde Exposure

Formaldehyde is a very small molecule, about the size of a single molecule of water. However, even though it is extremely tiny, it packs a big punch. It’s probably best known to the public for its preservative properties – solutions containing formaldehyde have been used to preserve biological specimens and even in embalming. The reason it is so effective at stopping bacterial growth is the same reason we don’t want it in our air; it is extremely poisonous. The cells in our bodies can be killed by formaldehyde as easily as bacterial or fungal cells are. Of particular importance is the concentration of formaldehyde in the air. Measurements are given in parts per billion (ppb). One ppb means one molecule of formaldehyde in a billion molecules of air. The section below on formaldehyde Read more [...]

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – MCS Air Purifiers/Air Cleaners

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is often considered a fringe disease – a diagnosis that doesn’t have clear and compelling evidence in the medical community. The reason for this is the individual nature of the symptoms. Although MCS mimics symptoms of allergy, and is thought to share some of the same mechanisms, different people show different levels of sensitivity and quite often, it is impossible to narrow down a specific cause. Further, symptoms of MCS are not those of a classic allergy (although there may be some overlap): Runny nose, watery or stinging eyes Wheezing or breathlessness Nausea Fatigue, poor memory, inability to focus/concentrate Headache, migraine, dizziness Only the first of these are symptoms of allergy. Many physicians will approach MCS in the Read more [...]