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How Pollutants Affect Your Employees

Over the past several months here on the IES Neptune blog, we’ve discussed the issue of pollution in great detail. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for creating and enforcing laws regarding what we put out into the environment. This jurisdiction extends to large corporations as well as small private businesses. At the end of the day, everyone is held responsible for their actions and should be enforcing safe and healthy pollutant disposal practices.

Water and air are some of the more dangerous conduits for pollution, especially considering how widespread they are. We as humans can’t go without water and air, so if those become polluted, we’re in serious trouble. Mining runoff, toxic spills, factory exhaust, large dust clouds, and fine airborne particulates are just a few examples of the pollutants that threaten our resources today. Pollution can be damaging to your health and, in many cases, detrimental to your focus and productivity as an employee.

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, the odds are that your job will be affected by pollution, as unlikely as it sounds. This is particularly true of air pollution, especially in large cities where the air quality is degraded. While the EPA itself has not addressed this directly (air pollution is a widespread issue impacting millions of people), formal and informal studies have been conducted on this topic, and the findings were interesting.

  • Stock returns on Wall Street (and other locations internationally) were significantly lower on days with higher air pollution.
  • Due to the presence of airborne particulates, assembly lines were marginally slower when it came to manually packaging and shipping their product.
  • Umpires were more prone to error when the air quality was significantly decreased. This begs the question, how might the same decreased air quality influence the high-stakes decisions of high-level executives and business owners?

Ultimately, it’s up to us to keep the world’s resources free of pollutants. Given the facts and evidence we’ve seen above, it’s not an exaggeration to say that our society could be greatly impacted by the perpetuation of this issue. Here at IES Neptune, we are doing our part to slow the spread of dust, dirt, chemicals, toxins, and other invasive pollutants. The Neptune Forced Air Cannon prevents plumes of dust, and our customizable wash bays allow vehicles of all kinds to be washed and sanitized on site. Browse our website to see the full range of products, and contact us for a quote!