4 Reasons Why Polluted Air Can Have An Impact On Your Career

By Natalie Wilson

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There is a lot of talk these days about just how bad air pollution is for us. Whether you suffer from asthma or even work on a farm, it seems that no one can escape the effects of air pollution. Office workers may believe that, because they work indoors, that they can avoid the damaging effects which so many others come into contact with, but it turns out that offices may be one of the worst places to work when it comes to air pollution.

When it comes to cities and urban areas, air pollution can be a huge problem and a huge proportion of office spaces are based within these areas. Not including your daily commute to and from work, your office is likely to be at risk of contributing to your exposure to this polluted air. So, with that in mind, here are 4 reasons why polluted air may be having an impact on your career, without you even realizing it.

Taking More Sick Days

Air pollution can be extremely damaging to our health and prolonged periods of exposure can make you very unwell, especially if you already suffer from health issues. The effects of polluted air are hard to ignore, but what impact does it have on the health of workers?

If you suffer from asthma, respiratory problems or migraines, then it has been shown that air pollution acts as a trigger for these health conditions and can make them worse. It is vital that you know how to protect yourself on the days where air pollution is high so that your symptoms don’t worsen. If you regularly have to travel to an area where pollution levels are high, then it is likely that you will be at increased risk of suffering from long-term periods of illness, leading to taking more sick days.

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Air Quality and Your Office

If it’s smoggy outside, then why should this be a concern to you when you are sat at your desk indoors? In actual fact, this should be a huge concern. Recent studies have shown that office workers can feel the impact of bad air quality outdoors just as much as those who work outdoors in it. A study found that when air pollution levels go up, productivity in office workers goes down and this can cause work levels to drop.

Although pollution is less present indoors, it can infiltrate even the most air-tight buildings. For those offices who are in the center of a busy city, then it is vital that they invest in proper air ventilation for employees, whether that comes from installed industrial ventilation systems or buying air purifiers for the office.

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It Could Affect Your Chances Of Being Hired

Even though recent employment reports have shown steady increases across the board when it comes to the number of people who are now employed, depending on the sector in which you work, air pollution may have an impact on the number of people who are hired.

Jobs which are based outdoors, such as building and maintenance work, are all known to have been affected by the effects of air pollution. Within the fossil fuel industry, there have also been decreases in the number of jobs available as the industry is constantly battling off eco-friendly energy competitors and having to get to grips with additional safety and monitoring measures. Energy efficiency is the US’s cheapest and cleanest energy resource and contributes to more energy needs than oil, gas or nuclear energy. It currently accounts for over 2.3 million jobs in the US, which is 10 times more than coal mining or oil drilling.

It Will Have An Impact On Your Commute

No matter how you choose to get to work, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive, you will be put into direct contact with air pollution. The amount of cars on the road is at the highest level ever recorded and a huge proportion of people are still yet to consider the change over to hybrid or electric vehicles. Thanks to these increased numbers, if you take public transport then you can expect a longer commute time. If you cycle or walk, then you may be concerned about being more at risk of exposure to high pollution levels.

Making small changes within your routine can reduce your exposure to air pollution quite considerably. It has been proven that active commuters – those who walk or cycle – are typically less exposed to air pollution than those who travel by bus or car. This may be that because vehicles travel in a queue, air pollution is absorbed by ventilation systems and is trapped inside. Making small changes to your mode of commuting can decrease your exposure to pollution by around 25%-90%, so it is well worth ditching the car and walking or cycling instead.

Used Car Inspection Checklist

By: Parker Keatin

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What should you look for when buying a used car? You may believe that if the general appearance of the car looks okay and the vehicle isn’t falling to pieces then you are off to a good start.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Though it can be difficult to perform a thorough used car inspection independently, it is important to do so so that you do not wind up with a vehicle that comes with a whole list of problems!

After all, the last thing you want to do is chase down legal help to fix the problem. For those shipping their vehicles down, let me tell you – it can be a real nightmare trying to get a lemonlaw company to protect you abroad.

The good news is that this article gives pretty epic tips to help you know what to keep your eyes out for when performing a used car inspection. So, let’s move on to the used-car inspection checklist.

Step One: Inspect the Outer Body
As mentioned above, checking the outer body of a used car is not all that you need to check but it is definitely a good place to start. No rust, dents or visible damage on the vehicle? Excellent! You need to be very thorough with your external checks though. A small sign of exterior damage may seem like nothing but it could very well point to a much larger issue.
When checking the exterior of the car, you need to make sure that the colors are the same on each panel. Ensure that the rubber seals along all of the windows and doors are not peeling away or rotting. Though you may not want to look like a crazy person rolling around on the floor of the used car garage with a flashlight, you need to check the wheel wells with a light to ensure that there are no signs of rust or water damage here as well.

Step Two: Check the Glass Situation

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If the car has no visible signs of damage or issues from the exterior then you can move swiftly on to the next step: checking the windows and the glass. Obviously huge cracks and damaged windows are screaming red flags, but you also need to be mindful of smaller chips. A small chip in the windscreen may look like nothing to be alarmed about but it can quickly expand and become worse. Inspect the vehicle for problems with the windows now, so that you do not have to be forking out hundreds of dollars to replace the entire windscreen in just a few months time.

Small scratches are not exactly the end of the world but they are also worth looking out for. Signs of significant wear and tear like this can be used as a negotiating tool for bringing down the price offered by your car dealer.

Step Three: Test the Lighting

Next step, venture inside the car and make sure that all of the lights are working. This means testing each and every vehicle light to ensure that it is operating correctly. Obviously, you cannot be in two places at once in order to check the external lights so if possible, have a friend or family member visit the dealership with you so that they can help you check. Don’t depend on the assurance of the person who is trying to sell you the car!

In summary, when you test the lighting on a used car you need to test both your high and lo-beams, your fog lights, your brake lights, your turn signals and your reverse lights. Not only is it a felony to drive without some of these lights, it can be incredibly expensive to replace and repair them.

Step Four: Scope Out the Inside of the Car

While you’re in the vehicle tinkering around with the various lights, it is important to keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs about the interior condition of the car. Obviously you want a car whereby the seats, pedals and carpets are not looking haggard and disheveled. There are also more technical matters to look at while inside the car also.

Technical feature-wise, first and foremost you need to check that the air conditioner and radiator works as it should do. The mileage may be a serious factor in your decision as to whether a used car is worth buying or not so be sure to glance over at the clock. As you may well be aware, this is one of the best indicators of a car’s age. Lastly, fiddle around with all of the other components in the car and make sure that they function correctly. This relates to the car radio, the interior lights, the lighter, etc.

Step Five: Glance Under the Hood

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Don’t be one of those car buyers that simply lifts up the hood of their new car, exclaims “yep!” and closes it again. It is important to check under the hood but equally, it is important to know what exactly you are looking for under there! Look at the engine to ensure that there are no signs of a leakage. If you see brown stains anywhere around the hood’s interior then that is a bad sign of a gasket leak. Check the timing belt, the transmission dipstick and the transmission fluid. The components underneath the car’s hood are both safety critical and some of the most expensive to repair.

Before you venture out to the used car lot, read up on the different components of cars. That way, even if you just have a very basic level of knowledge, you will know precisely what you need to look for. Failing that, take a car loving friend to accompany you and help out!

How to Weatherproof Your Car

By Parker Keatin

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Winter time is upon us, is your car ready for the drastic change in temperatures and possibly the snow? The winter often exposes the maintenance needs for your vehicle. Unfortunately, this exposure means that you may find yourself on the side of the road, and calling your auto club for a tow to the mechanic. Far too many drivers negate their winter responsibilities to their vehicle; resulting in significant inconveniences in the worst possible season. Here, we will give you the guidance needed to make sure your car is weatherproof this winter season.

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Smart and Sustainable In-Home Technology to Reduce Utility Costs

The financial and environmental costs of using utilities add up fast. In many cases – and we’re all guilty of this – we don’t realize how much we’re consuming until the utility bill shows up. We scratch our heads and think, “wow, there’s no way I used 897 kilowatt-hours of electricity this month.” (The average U.S. household uses that much each month and 10,766 kWh per year.)

Fortunately, there are several in-home tech products that will save you money on your utility bills and help the environment at the same time.

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St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle

2018 is full of surprises! Not only have we rolled out a brand new website, we are calling this year “The Year of the Charter”. We are starting out with a bang with the announcement of our first ever sell-by-seat tour! So this means we are including selling individual tickets in our repertoire of service offerings and not just focusing solely on groups.

This St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday 3/17), our Shamrock Shuffle Irish Pub Crawl will allow for a safe mode of transportation this upcoming holiday. We will be visiting the best Irish Pubs Portland has to offer. So a special thanks to North 45 PubKatie O’Brien’s, and Whelan’s Irish Pub for hosting plenty of taps at their respective establishments, green beer, Irish whiskey and traditional Irish food. Only $25/person. Must be 21+. Bus leaves at 2pm. Full itinerary and Book your tickets here: https://www.tinyurl.com/ecoshuffle Sláinte!

§Drink Green, Wear Green, Ride Green§        21+Over Event

***FEATURING LIVE MUSIC AND TRADITIONAL IRISH FOOD FOOD & DRINK***

Please take public transportation to the pickup location https://www.facebook.com/events/157704791705936??ti=ia (or pay to park if you have a DD)

Bus leaves Promptly at 2:00PM (Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to validate your ticket with the driver) around the corner from Kell’s Irish Pub (Corner of SW 2nd and SW Ash)

1st Stop (2:15PM – 3:15PM) – North 45

2nd Stop (3:30PM – 4:45PM) – Katie O’Brien’s

3rd Stop (5:00PM – 6:30PM) – Whelan’s Pub

Drop Off – Kell’s Irish Pub

*Though Kell’s is not a participating bar in the tour, feel free to start the day there or cap the tour off (or both if you wanna get really crazy) there if for some reason you hadn’t imbibed enough!

PS. Don’t get too tipsy and forget to tip your driver! It’s good luck after all!

 

 

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