You often cannot see it with the naked eye, but it is all around us: fine dust. It is one of the world’s largest sources of pollution. Not only outside, but also in indoor spaces such as logistics environments, production halls, offices, schools and printer rooms, there is often dust nuisance.
Air pollution in the form of particulate matter is one of the biggest threats to health. These suspended particles with a diameter of 10 and 2.5 microns (µm) (PM₁₀ and PM₂.₅, respectively) can cause serious damage. Both PM₂.₅ and PM₁₀ are capable of penetrating deep into the lungs, but PM₂.₅ can even enter the bloodstream.
The very small and therefore alveolar particles pose a particular health hazard. Inhalable dust so fine that it can penetrate into the smallest branches of the lungs, the alveoli (pulmonary alveoli). The smaller the dust particles are, the deeper they enter the lungs. From there, the particles spread to the lymph and blood vessels.
“The high dust concentration led to complaints such as burning eyes, sore throats and headaches.“