EPA Findings on Fine Particulate Matter & Clean Air

How Clean Air Regulations Impact the Business Environment

Dahle CleanTEC Paper Shredders reduce fine particulate matter & improve air quality in the office.

As a direct result of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been closely monitoring the quality of the air we breathe each day. This includes outdoor air, as well as indoor air from offices and other industrial buildings. An important part of that research has been the examination of particulate matter, but how important is it, and why should it matter to you? Let’s find out.

What is Particulate Matter?

The EPA defines particulate matter as “a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets that are found in the air.” Examples include dust, smoke, soil, sand, pollen, mold, and dirt. It exists both indoors and outdoors, but the type that the EPA pays the most attention to is the fine particulate matter that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. This type of pollutant is hazardous to our health.

What are the effects on human health?

The size of particulate matter is the greatest factor in determining how harmful it can be. In short, the finer the particle, the more dangerous it is. The EPA notes that studies have proven that exposure to particulate matter can cause, or aggravate, asthma, bronchitis, irregular heartbeats, lung functions, and some cancers.

Of these conditions, asthma is becoming the most prevalent. It has been identified as a serious and growing problem by the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Over 20 million Americans currently suffer from asthma, and 5,000 deaths are reported each year. Both indoor and outdoor pollution is known to heighten the symptoms of this respiratory ailment.

What are the implications for businesses?

The chances are high that your corporation is already taking steps to improve the air quality in your office environment. For instance, particulate matter filters are very common on indoor air conditioning systems. However, what about the particulate matter that is generated from your printers, copiers, or paper shredders?

Dahle takes this matter very seriously and has introduced a revolutionary line of shredders that are tailor made to deal with this very issue. The Dahle CleanTEC shredder range includes a closed filtration system that captures particulate matter at the point where it is first created – the shredder’s blades. This paper pollutant is then channeled towards a 3-ply filter that permanently traps up to 98% of fine dust in order to provide you with a cleaner, healthier workplace.

So, if you are interested in improving the quality of air in your office, call one of our representatives to find out more about these hi-tech paper shredders.