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It’s bad enough that the dental profession has been called the most dangerous by the U.S. Department of Labor, now it has to contend with another problem: Silicosis.

Silicosis is something more closely related to the construction industry, where workers breathe in silica dust from construction materials. It results in the scarring of lung tissue from the silica dust, and produces symptoms like coughing, wheezing, sharp chest pains and even fevers. Left untreated, it results in difficulty breathing and even death.

Silicosis is something more closely related to the construction industry, where workers breathe in silica dust from construction materials

So how does the dental profession also suffer from a malady that most often affects rock miners, stone cutters and heavy construction personnel? Seems the grinding that occurs in dental labs and in dental offices produces the same dusty environment. But where construction workers wear elaborate rebreathers to protect against inhaling dust, dental professionals often are left only with surgical masks—or nothing at all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR), research into occupational illness uncovered nine cases where dental professionals had silicosis from long-term exposure—and in some cases, the individuals died from respiratory failure. The MMWR noted that exposure to silica dust in dental labs can occur from mixing powders, removing castings from molds, polishing castings and using silica sand for abrasive blasting and sanding.

Silicosis is something more closely related to the construction industry, where workers breathe in silica dust from construction materials

One way to protect against silicosis is by focusing on air hygiene—scrubbing indoor air of harmful contaminants. AeraMax Professional commercial-grade air purifiers do just that—eliminating up to 99.97 percent of harmful pollutants like germs, dust, allergens, viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odors from enclosed spaces, using hospital-like True HEPA filtration that efficiently and effectively cleans the air.

Using AeraMax Professional air purifiers significantly reduce particulate from indoor air, ensuring that dental lab workers needn’t worry about the hazards of working in lab settings. What’s more, with AeraMax Professional’s PureView technology, occupants can see the purifier’s work in removing particulate from the air.

PureView uses an innovative EnviroSmart 2.0 technology, which employs sensors to scan and analyze a room, activating the air purification system when contaminants are present. Because each unit has a large digital display, occupants can see the cleaning progress.

When cleaning begins, the display announces it in bold letters and cycles through a purification process. As the AeraMax Professional air purifier continues removing particulates from the air, the display will show a readout of the percentage of particles captured. Also, the display offers a visual readout of VOCs and odors in the air to let occupants know the contaminants are being removed.

Can indoor air quality make people more productive? Research from Harvard University’s Healthy Buildings Program says yes.

Quantifying Productivity Improvements

In a study, researchers analyzed worker concentration and cognitive ability using various environmental scenarios, altering indoor air quality in a controlled lab setting. In one setting, the researchers lowered carbon dioxide levels, boosted ventilation, and removed toxic chemicals typically found in office settings. At the highest ventilation rate for the study, tests conducted on participants in the closed environment showed an 8% increase in productivity over participants who didn’t benefit from the improved conditions. This then was quantified as a $6,500 increase in productivity per employee.

Higher Test Scores

In another test scenario, participants were given a cognitive test. One set of participants was given the test in a typical office setting, while the other set was given the test in a “green space,” one where volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were removed. The test subjects in the green space scored 60% higher in the tests; when improved ventilation was introduced into the environment with no VOCs, the test scores were 100% better.

The resultant report, Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings, outlines the tests conducted in seven different cities and concludes that indoor air quality can be key to improved productivity.

Watch the report’s key highlights

Researchers believe that building managers need to be more aware of the potential gains made by improving indoor air quality. “There’s a little disconnect between the public health silo and those making decisions about buildings,” says Piers MacNaughton, a researcher at Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program. “I don’t think [the public health] field has done a good job of reaching out to the real estate developers, managers, and owners of businesses that can make this change. I don’t think it’s acknowledged that changing these factors can make a difference.”

Still, the report plainly outlines the gains made by improving indoor air quality. One way to do this, while eliminating VOCs, is to outfit workplaces with an office air purifier from AeraMax Professional, which removes harmful VOC and up to 99.9% of contaminants from indoor air.


Source: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/11/14709/htm