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Nearly 400 Substances Trigger Asthma

Posted on October 09, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

It’s easy to remember that pet dander and dust in indoor air can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive people and that those asthma attacks are a serious problem. Keeping your indoor air as clean as possible is important for prevention of asthma. But did you know that there are nearly 400 other substances that can trigger asthma if they contaminate your indoor air?

Asthma causes approximately 1 in every 250 deaths worldwide and in the US 1000 people are admitted to the hospital every day because of asthma symptoms. The 7.1 million US children who suffer from asthma miss 14.7 million schooldays every year.

A new report from the National Institutes for Health, “Healthy Environments: A Compilation of Substances Linked to Asthma,” lists 374 potential asthma triggers that are often found in residential and commercial buildings as well as the occupations that put people most at risk for being exposed to them.

 

75 of the substances are present in most indoor environments, but some occupations run into even more every day at work:

  • Carpenters
  • Dentists
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Workers
  • Agriculture Workers
We cannot list all 374 substances here, but here are the major categories:
  • Aldehydes
  • Amides
  • Amines
  • Anhydrides
  • Chromium
  • Isocynates
  • Phthalates
  • Hard Metals
  • Acrylates
  • Plastics
  • Solvents and Aromatic Compounds
  • Natural Products

Read the full list here.

With people spending as much as 80 of their time indoors, especially in climates with cold winters or hot summers, indoor air quality is a big concern and a challenge. The more information we have, the more likely we will be able to avoid the health problems that come with biological, chemical and particle contaminants at home and at work.

AirTek is a leading provider of commercial-industrial HVAC system decontamination and cleaning services. We have helped thousands of commercial customers achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment. Our experienced and qualified personnel work in accordance with standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) and CAL/OSHA. Contact us if your commercial facility needs to improve its indoor air quality!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other environmental services.

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