The IARC and WHO designate airborne particles a group 1 carcinogen.
There is a tremendous health risk for workers who are exposed to PM2.5 and PM10 particles such as smog, dust, cement and mineral dusts, viruses and many more.
There are no safe levels of air particulates, the smaller they are, the deadlier they are.
Due to thier ability to penetrate deep into the respiratory and cardiovascular system, can lead to
permanent DNA mutations, heart attacks, respiratory diseases and most importantly premature death.
Fine dust PM10 harms our health. Due to their ability to penetrate deep into the lungs and blood streams unfiltered, they can cause severe illnesses like asthma or lung cancer. Thus, the EU took the first step in 2001 to reduce fine dust: the average annual limit shall not exceed 40µg/m³, the average daily limit is 50µg/m³. China, the USA, Canada and many more have since followed suet.
PM10 < 50 µg/m³
Fine dust, „PM10“, is harmful. The particles are so fine that they can easily find their way into the respiratoraty system, where they can then block the alveoli. This leads to severe respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, silicosis or lung-cancer. In light of this in 2001 EU-wide fine dust particles regulations were set in place: Yearly average 40µg/m³, Daily average 50µg/m³.
As there is no level at which inhalation of dust particles is considered safe, exposure should be kept as low as possible. The main cause of fine dust particles is transport: exhaust fumes, the churning up of roadside dust (which is the greatest factor) and tyre and brake abrasion all spread dust into the atmosphere. The industrial processes leading to fine dust and its potential for harm are becoming of increasing concern for legislators and the public at large.