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Construction PM2.5: A Silent Threat You Can't Ignore

What is PM2.5?

PM2.5 refers to fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller, which is smaller than the diameter of a human hair, about 25 times smaller. PM2.5 particles are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. These particles can enter the body through the respiratory system, reaching the lungs and bloodstream, posing short-term and long-term health risks.

Why is PM2.5 from construction harmful?

Construction is one of the main sources of PM2.5 emissions. These particles originate from various activities such as material transportation, excavation, demolition, concrete pouring, painting, and debris burning. PM2.5 from construction activities can:

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Increased risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
  • Increased risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Increased risk of lung cancer.

How to Reduce PM2.5 Emissions from Construction: Best Practices

Ways to reduce PM2.5 dust from construction activities:

  • Support the use of environmentally friendly construction materials.
  • Lodge complaints to relevant authorities if uncontrolled dust emissions are observed during construction.
  • Advocate for awareness regarding the dangers of PM2.5 dust.

Reducing PM2.5 from construction activities A Shared Responsibility

We can all contribute to reducing PM2.5 dust from construction for our own and others' health

Health Impacts of PM2.5

Short-term effects: Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, irritated eyes, irritated skin.

Long-term effects: Chronic respiratory diseases, lung disease, heart disease, cancer.

Construction-related PM2.5 emissions

  • Material transportation during construction
  • Excavation activities
  • Demolition work
  • Concrete mixing
  • Painting
  • Material incineration

Collaborate towards a PM2.5-free society

  • Report to authorities if uncontrolled construction activities are observed.
  • Support the use of environmentally friendly construction materials.
  • Collaborate in raising awareness about the dangers of PM2.5 pollution.

PM2.5 Prevention Measures

  • Wear N95 or KF94 respirator masks.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • Install air purifiers.
  • Spray water to reduce dust dispersion.
  • Water plants to help capture dust.

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