India Marked as Hot Bed for Air Pollution
How can the cleaning industry help curb this increasing problem for cities across the globe?
A 2018 analysis by AirVisual, a provider of air quality data, shows 15 of the 20 most polluted cities across the globe reside in a single country—India.
The analysis, CNN reported, measured 3,000 cities, with 64 percent of them exceeding the World Health Organization’s annual exposure guidelines for certain pollutants. The percentage of total cities throughout the world exceeding these limits could be even higher, as many cities don’t have access to current air quality information.
While the impact of these numbers may appear detached from the cleaning industry, there is a direct correlation to the labor force that keeps industries like ours going. “In addition to human lives lost, there’s an estimated global cost of US$225 billion in lost labor and trillions in medical costs. This has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets,” said Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace South East Asia. “We want this report to make people think about the air we breathe, because when we understand the impacts of air quality on our lives, we will act to protect what’s most important.”
Leaders in the cleaning and facilities management industries have the power to help mitigate contributions to air pollution with the business decisions they make. Some considerations include the production and manufacturing processes for cleaning products, supplies, and equipment; the chemicals and products selected to maintain facilities; or even disposal of chemicals like aerosols or other hazardous materials.