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Asbestos

The Hidden Killer

A category one human carcinogen, responsible for 1 in 3 occupational cancers asbestos remains a very much a current threat despite its ban in many countries.

Used prolifically around the world in over 3,500 products, asbestos is most dangerous when damaged, disturbed or degraded and its toxic fibres released into the air where inhalation or ingestion can lead to several serious, often fatal diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other cancers.

Currently no real-time method exists to detect asbestos when it is actively airborne. Existing testing methods rely upon collecting air samples that reflects a snapshot in time with results that can take days to receive.

Our ambition is to provide a complimentary risk reduction tool alongside the current method. The ALERT PRO range of warning devices can help prevent prolonged unintentional exposure by providing a real-time alert (and downloadable data) when asbestos containing materials have been disturbed and fibres released.

Asbestos Facts

  • Asbestos-related diseases kill ~5,000 workers/ year in the UK
  • 255,000 people die annually worldwide because of asbestos exposure
  • Asbestos is the world’s biggest occupational killer
  • 94% of UK mesothelioma cases are caused by workplace exposure
  • 86% of UK schools contain asbestos
  • 9 in 10 NHS hospital trust have asbestos
  • Teachers & Nurses are 3-5x more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general public
  • 50% of the world still actively use asbestos
  • Buildings constructed pre-2000 could contain asbestos in Britain

Reduce Risk. Save Lives.

PureAir
Clean - Safe - Pure Air

Poor air quality is recognised as one of the largest environmental risks we face causing over 3 million deaths globally per year with the UK suffering annually 36,000 deaths and 3 million lost working days.

Poor air quality is not just a problem on our streets, but also in our homes, workplaces and schools. The air in our highly insulated, poorly ventilated, energy efficient homes and office buildings can be up to 3-5 times worse than the air outside.

Since COVID-19, air quality has become a critical and urgent consideration, but viruses and bacteria are not the only airborne threats to our health. Exposure to dust, VOCs, pollen, aerosols, and mould spores can lead to ‘sick building syndrome’ which contributes to lung cancer, asthma, COPD, allergies, cognitive impairment, and mental health issues.

Air purification is already widely deployed in healthcare settings as it can effectively circulate, sanitise and purify indoor air. Ventilating and filtering indoor air helps remove aerosols and particulates that have been proven to increase the risk of coronavirus transmission[1].

Powerful air purifiers like the PureAir R150 also actively trap and kill airborne viruses and bacteria using a combination of powerful air flow, superior filtration (HEPA14) and UVC light disinfection technology as well has filtering other harmful airborne pollutants.

Clean Air Facts

  • We spend 90% of our time indoors
  • Viruses can attach themselves to airborne pollutants leaving them suspended in the breathable air for up to 3 hours and able to travel further distances
  • Even a small increase in long-term exposure to fine dust increases the COVID-19 mortality rate by up to 8%
  • Raising airflows in classrooms from zero to 100 m3/hr cuts the risk of infection by up to 60%
  • Air pollution causes greater risk to children because of their smaller size and lung capacity

[1] ‘..an increase of just 1 microgram of particulate matter per cubic metre corresponded to a 15% increase in COVID19 deaths’. Research conducted in April 2020 by Harvard University,
Prevention is better than cure.

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Alan Archer

Alan Archer

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Loretta King

Loretta King

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Reid Archer

Reid Archer

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Jonathan Synett

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Ashley Unitt

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Jake Ronay

Jake Ronay

NED
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Mark Nichols

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Martin Kalisz

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Alan Walker

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