How organisations can elevate health and safety for employees with air purifying technology
There are many studies that indicate that poor air quality can increase the risk of ill health and that the risk of infection is lower in areas with good air quality. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost every organ in the body can be impacted by air pollution, and it can be a risk for all-cause mortality in addition to specific diseases.1 The 2022 flu season is considered the worst Australia has seen in five years,2 so it’s important that organisations take steps to reduce the potential risk of infection for employees onsite and in the office as much as possible.
To help better protect workers from airborne pathogens, organisations are increasingly turning to technology solutions, including air purification and ventilation systems, to deliver an added layer of protection onsite.
Air purifiers can be used to augment and complement other methods such as natural ventilation and mechanical air conditioning. Natural ventilation is essential to encourage the flow of clean air through closed spaces; however, this may not always be possible, depending on the building. Air purifiers can (and should) be used when windows and doors either can’t be opened or are opened intermittently. This makes them an essential support tool for office buildings where windows are sealed shut.
It’s important for businesses to invest in appropriate solutions to ensure their air purification system delivers the best possible level of protection and support for employees.
Key features to look for include ease of assembly and disassembly to facilitate cleaning and the inclusion of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to optimise air purity.
The Pitney Bowes solution
Pitney Bowes provides superior-grade air purifying technology solutions, which deliver cleaner air for educational and work environments. The Air Purifier Series features:
- pre-filters: easy to disassemble and clean, pre-filters catch and trap larger airborne particles
- HEPA filter: with a PM2.5 removal rate greater than 99.97 per cent, the Air Purifier Series features HEPA filters that help catch and trap bacteria, viruses, and smaller airborne particles and pollutants
- activated carbon filters: the Air Purifier Series includes specific filters to efficiently and lastingly absorb harmful gases such as formaldehyde, toluene, odour, and more.
The high-performance air purifiers are highly customisable so organisations can tailor the solution to their exact environments.
Air purification for the future
Influenza and other respiratory infections can be especially damaging, and air purifiers can help to defend against airborne pathogens to help keep people safe from risk.
Air quality can be affected by dust, mould spores, smoke and combustion products, and various other pollutants. And, at high enough levels, this can cause and/or exacerbate various health problems, especially for those that experience asthma or other conditions that affect their breathing.
As such, it’s essential for businesses to take steps now to reduce the risk of poor air quality in buildings for both the immediate and the far future.
For more information on how Pitney Bowes can help you deliver cleaner air to keep staff safe onsite, contact the team today on 13 23 63 (AU) or 0800 748639 (NZ) or via email.