Spring is upon us and, for many people, that means that allergy season has also arrived. As the trees bud and flowers bloom, the air is filled with tiny particles that can cause a rather severe reaction, including coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has labeled these pollutants P-10, or PM-10.
PM stands for particulate matter, and the 10 represents the maximum width of the particles in microns. Examples of PM-10 particles include dust, soot, pollen, mold, and smoke. You may be wondering, how does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate such an ambiguous pollutant? Surely they can’t control the amount of pollen in the air, so why bother with the rest?
First, it’s important to note that airborne pollutants bigger than 10 microns are not regulated by the EPA. These include things such as dirt, sand, and even human hair. But the smaller the particle, the more hazardous to the health of humans. If inhaled, they could cause severe lung issues and even enter your bloodstream.
The EPA may not be able to control pollutants once they’ve become airborne. Nevertheless, we must certainly do all we can to ensure the particles never become airborne at all. In another of our recent posts, we revealed that air emissions are closely monitored by the EPA when it comes to industrial factories and facilities. But what about the worksites, the mines, the fields, the unpaved dirt roads kicking up clouds of dust and debris? Even though they aren’t being monitored, we have the opportunity to be good stewards and take responsibility for reducing our own pollution. So how can you do your part in reducing and preventing the spread of PM-10? If you work in an area that spreads dirt and produces frequent clouds of dust, take a look at our line of innovative products here at Neptune Wash Solutions. For example, the Neptune Forced Air Cannon can be hooked up to a water supply. This allows you to quickly and easily dampen the earth and prevent large plumes of dust. Furthermore, consider our extensive line of wash bay systems that will clean and sanitize your vehicles as they leave the site. We have options for all vehicles of every shape and size, and many of our systems are fully customizable. If you’re interested in getting additional information, contact us through our website to see our full range of products and get a quote today!