Camfil Ireland has donated a CamCleaner 800 to the Temple Street hospital in Ireland. The patented air cleaner from the world’s leading air filtration specialist will help improve indoor air quality in the hospital.
Download CamCleaner 800 hospital Case Study here.
The CamCleaner 800 is an air purification unit that is being used in hospitals around Ireland to help protect patients’ health. The CamCleaner is a unique air purifier, with its patented double air intake design, low noise levels and HEPA filtration the CamCleaner is designed to help improve indoor air quality to very high standards.
Suggested areas of use in the Hospital are the new Cystic Fibrosis Unit and any other areas that may be subject to ingress of particles. The Camcleaner will result in further Patient and Staff protection from harmful airborne particles. Temple Street already use high quality Air Filters in their HVAC Systems supplied by Camfil and implement a strict program of maintenance to ensure the highest quality of indoor air available. Continue reading
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Air pollution is much worse than most of us have realised. It regularly exceeds twice the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and a recent report by an expert panel of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) presented the need to revisit the state of air quality in major cities around the world.
In October 2013, the WHO classified both outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). They are now classified with about 100 other agents including tobacco smoke, ultraviolet radiation and plutonium. The WHO also called outdoor air pollution the most widespread environmental carcinogen. Only smoking causes more early deaths than air pollution when considering separately exposures, impacts and health outcomes.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have particular needs, even excluding those of staff and visitors and the impact of outdoor or ambient air quality (AAQ), because patients are vulnerable and diseases are prevalent. In fact, hospitals are uniquely vulnerable and exposed to heightened risks of health, fire and safety hazard. Hospitals and healthcare facilities in Europe may not be taking seriously enough the need to protect people from outdoor and indoor air pollution as well as bio particles and airborne infection.
Let’s rewind. AAQ comprises particles and gases. The particles, which can comprise anything from tiny droplets to diesel soot and tyre and brake wear, are called particulate matter and are classified by their aerodynamic diameter in microns (one millionth of a metre – µm – which is about one hundredth of the thickness of a human hair) e.g. PM2.5 and PM10. The gases, which can coalesce and become particles, are mainly nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be worse than AAQ due to the many sources of pollution within buildings, particularly hospitals.
The BSRIA Energy and Sustainability network are holding an event on Indoor Air Quality with the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network on 7th February 2014.
The event called ‘Indoor Air Quality – must we live with problems?’ is free to attend and is aimed at anyone involved in the in the air quality arena including all designers, as well as controls companies, contractors, ventilation suppliers and those involved in regulation in the industry.
School children fall asleep in class and mould grows on the bathroom walls. Buildings are getting more air tight, the VOCs in a new building are significant but ventilation systems are not coping.
In the first half of this Energy and Sustainability event they will examine the problem, and in the second half, investigate possible actions for the industry, for government and for BSRIA. Continue reading