Most offices and other workplaces expose pregnant women to a variety of pollutants that may affect their offspring.

Breathing indoor air pollutants during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of the baby developing asthma later, a Danish study has found.

According to a Reuters article, the researchers analyzed the data of more than 45,000 children at age 7 and found that 18.6 percent developed asthma after their mothers has been exposed to low-molecular weight particles at work during pregnancy.

This was a slight increase from the general growing risk of developing asthma, which is 16.1 percent of the general population.

The study adjusted for risk factors such as age, BMI, allergy and hypersensitivities, smoking, medication and pets, but researchers warn that other factors may have influenced the results, which are not easily accounted for.

“Whilst a link has been found, our results at this stage are modest and further research is needed into specific chemicals and substances to determine those that could be most harmful,” the study’s leading researcher was quoted as saying.

Cleaner indoor air at work with industrial-strength air filters

In many workplaces, existing ventilation systems are simply incapable of providing workers with enough air exchanges and enough fresh air to keep exposure to indoor air pollutants to a minimum.

Most indoor environments are filled with pollutants of a chemical nature (VOCs from building materials, paints, electronic equipment, cleaning products, etc), biological nature (mold growth due to moisture or humidity issues, bacteria and viruses) and particulate matter (dust and particles, which can also be laced with other toxins).

The PrintSafe removes VOCs from printer ink and paper particles right at the printer exhaust. More info: Air cleaners for office printers

Electrocorp has developed industrial-strength air cleaners for virtually any type of indoor air environment, which can target the widest range of pollutants with a versatile multistage filtration system.

Deep bed carbon filters filled with many pounds of granular activated carbon offer the largest adsorbent surface area in the industry to remove chemicals, odors, VOCs, gases and fumes from the ambient air.

The filtration systems also contain pre-filters and HEPA filters for particulate matter and pathogens, and they may accommodate UV germicidal filtration for enhanced protection against biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and mold mycotoxins.

Ask about Electrocorp’s exclusive carbon blends and speak to one of our air quality experts to find the right air cleaner for your industry, IAQ need and application.

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