July 20, 2004
If you see somebody at work with a messy desk and piles of papers that haven't been touched in six months, they're not disorganized. They're just concerned about good health.They're concerned about endotoxins, which are harmful substances inside bacterial cells. When bacteria die, the endotoxins are released -- and they can be dangerous.No doubt that's why the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati thought it useful to measure the endotoxin levels inside office buildings.As reported in the Indoor Air, endotoxin levels aren't affected by even the best air filtration systems -- the toxins are so small that they escape even the most modern air cleaners.But they are influenced by cleaning the office. Cleaning furniture surfaces greatly increases the levels of airborn endotoxins, boosting their levels in carpeting, too.