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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.

Dahle’s CleanTEC Shredder Technology

Will the EPA eventually regulate the air quality and dust in business offices?

Improving Air Quality in the Workplace through Paper Shredder Technology

Did you know that some businesses in Scandinavia have separate, contained rooms for their paper shredders? This is because of the very real threat posed by the tiny dust particles that are created during the operation of a traditional paper shredder. You can’t always see the dust, but scientists have proven that it’s there, and they have been studying the effects that it has on the health of workers in an office environment.

Printers, copier machines, and paper shredders all contribute to the air you breathe in the office, and the contributions they are making are not healthy. Obviously, the more of these machines you have, the worse it gets. Micro dust is being added to your work environment every day and the smaller these particles are, the more harmful they can be.

For the home user who shreds infrequently, this is not a serious concern, but for businesses that shred more frequently, and for sustained periods of time, this is very much a concern. These micro dust particles can be hazardous to your health, and have been known to contribute to various respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and sore throats. Allergic reactions, migraines, and conjunctivitis are also associated with paper dust pollution, so isn’t it time your office started to take this seriously?

The new Dahle CleanTEC paper shredder range is designed to help you do just that. They have an innovative air filtration system that is built-in to the shredder. It is mounted right next to the cutting cylinders so that it can collect the dust directly from the source before channeling it through a closed system until it reaches a filter.

The 3-ply air and dust filter is mounted on the rear of the paper shredder and can collect up to 98% of these fine paper particles. It binds them together so that they don’t contaminate your environment and can last up to six months or more before it needs replaced. The filter is also environmentally friendly because the non-woven material that it is made of is fully recyclable.

Other pioneering features on these shredders include enhanced safety controls, automatic oilers, an energy-efficient power management system, and a sensor that prevents you from overloading the cutters.

So, if you are interested in improving the air quality in your offices, Dahle’s CleanTec shredders are a great way to get started. They’re clean, efficient and a responsible way to show you care about the health of your workforce.

The Dahle CleanTEC Range: The World’s Most Advanced Paper Shredders

Shred Paper, CDs and DVDs with Dahle!

Dahle’s new CleanTEC paper shredders are a cut above the competition thanks to some groundbreaking new features that are guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows. Here’s what you can expect.

Clean Technologies

The newest and most impressive innovation is the CleanTEC filtration system. It traps up to 98% of the fine dust that is produced under normal shredding conditions. The particles are funneled through an enclosed system to a filter at the back of the machine and permanently bound together. This means you are guaranteed a cleaner and healthier workplace for your employees.

Safer than Ever

Safety features also get a significant upgrade with the CleanTEC range. A voice command option allows you to activate an emergency shutdown with the word ‘Stop’, and the same action can be achieved by tapping the pressure sensitive top cover. You will even find electronic sensors around the blades that cease shredding operations when they detect the presence of fingers near the cutting blades, and an extra emergency shutdown button is located on the back of the paper shredder.

Hi-Tech Features

The new Electronic Sensing Protection is able to sense how many sheets of paper you are trying to shred at one time, and will not allow you to exceed the maximum load for each machine. An LED command dial gives you a visual indicator of how close you are to the maximum capacity and helps to ensure that paper jams are a thing of the past. Additional controls will alert you when the shredder bin needs emptied, or when the particle filter needs replaced, and some models even include automatic oilers to save you time when maintaining your shredder.

Efficient Operation

You don’t use your paper shredder all the time, but the chances are high that you still leave it on all day. As convenient as this may be, it wastes energy and adds to your company’s utility bills each month. Dahle’s new CleanTEC lineup has a solution for just this scenario. Its SmartPower Energy Management System automatically goes into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity, and goes one step further by eliminating all power usage after being dormant for 30 minutes.

So, if your current paper shredders have seen better days, now is the time for an upgrade to the Dahle CleanTEC. Call our customer service representatives today for a free quote on a new, state of the art Dahle paper shredder.

CleanTEC Shredders & Dust Free Shredding Technology

Dahle shredders has recently engineered the new CleanTEC filtration technology and incorporated a shredded paper dust filtering system into their brand new

Dust filters in Dahle Paper Shredders improve health by reducing fine dust particles in the air.

line of paper shredders, ensuring that offices are safer to work in and improve the air quality.  The new CleanTEC and SafeTEC paper shredders improve safety and  the filtration system has been shown to reduce the fine dust produced from document shredding.

Dahle CleanTec Shredders at a glance…

Dust Filters are a great choice for shredding paper in the office

  • Better health protection: New filter system reduces fine dust for improved air quality in the office.
  • Better supervision: Shredded paper volume is always measured for an uninterrupted workflow and improved efficiency.
  • Better safety: Automatic switch-off function responds to calls for help, and in case of emergency will immediately stop the paper shredder motor.
  • Greater convenience: Regulating cutter lubrication is made easy with an automated integrated oil reservoir – improves the life cycle of the paper shredder and gives you GREATER ROI! 
  • Greater environmental concern: CDs/DVDs and credit cards are separated automatically into separate waste containers.

What is fine dust and how does it affect health?

Many people do not realize that there is microscopic dust all around us. It’s a natural part of our world, unseen to the eye. Further to this, each and every sheet of paper that goes through the paper shredder also produces particles of fine dust that are invisible to the eye, unfortunately these dust particles can pose a health risk over time. Typically these unseen dust particles are carried through the air and into the respiratory tract. For some people this  can cause and allergic reactions or other illnesses.  For ultra fine dust particles,  it is easy for them to find their way into the lungs, and while there the potential for being absorbed into the bloodstream futher increases the risk to health.

CleanTEC & SafeTec paper shredders are the best choice for offices concerened with employee health

The new CleanTEC document shredders come standard with Dahle’s innovative filtration system, providing the first solution to reduce fine dust from shredded paper and improving health in the office.