Toxic Smog Alert for Asthmatics and Elderly

Britain has been placed on a health alert as a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution blows over the country. Experts have said that the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

UK Toxic smog

The warnings come due to a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution passing over from Europe; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have said that it was mixing with home-grown smog to create a toxic hazard.

Officials have warned that it could trigger problems for people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and the young.

Paris has had major problems with air pollution this week; the French government was forced to impose restrictions on motorists. On Monday, only vehicles with odd-numbered plates were allowed on the city’s roads, followed by those with even-numbered plates on Tuesday. By Wednesday, police had also brought in low speed limits. Continue reading

Campaign to highlight occupational cancer risks

Health and safety professionals are to discuss the challenge of tackling occupational cancer during a meeting in Birmingham.

Campaign to highlight occupational cancer risks

It is estimated that around 8,000 people die from cancer and roughly 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) are running a campaign namely, No Time to Lose, which is seeking to cast a spotlight on work cancers and to help businesses and other organisations identify and overcome risks to employees.

Members of IOSH’s Midland Branch are due to debate the campaign and the issues it raises at the Hollyfields Centre Club, in Woodacre Road, Erdington, from 2pm on Thursday 5 February. Continue reading

The Solution to Pollutants

The Camfil Group is a world leader in the development and production of air filters and clean air solutions. We manufacture and supply products that satisfy all the demands at airports to control particulate and molecular pollutants. These products also satisfy the recommendations of EN13779.

The European standard EN 13779:2007 focuses on achieving a comfortable and healthy indoor environment in all seasons with acceptable installation and running costs. It is now a national standard in all countries. It specifies the required filter performance in a system to achieve good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) taking into consideration the outdoor air.

The Solution to PollutantsVarious solutions are available depending on the extent of the pollution problem. Molecular filtration may be applied in either the fresh air make-up or recirculation air systems.

Solutions for makeup air are preferred since the principal sources of pollutant are external. These tend to be more heavy duty and reflect the high pollutant concentrations and one-pass operation. Solutions for recirculation applications reflect lower ambient concentrations and multi-pass operation. Continue reading