Many pathogens (germs), including the virus responsible for COVID-19, spread through the air. It is estimated that nearly 300,000 South Africans have lost their lives to COVID-19. However, other airborne pathogens such as tuberculosis (TB) and influenza together kill about 70,000 South Africans every year. Along with this, various other airborne health hazards such as microscopic particulate matter (PM) that circulate in the air, can cause serious damage to the health of employees and customers.
GreenFlag Association is a multidisciplinary body comprised of scientists, academics, and business representatives working collaboratively to provide practical solutions that could improve indoor air quality in corporations and limit the risk associated with the accumulation of airborne health risks, such as harmful pathogens and airborne particles.
The GreenFlag Association was created to:
- Increase awareness of the benefits of better ventilation and cleaner air indoors where people gather
- Increase public peace of mind from being in spaces where the air is safe to breathe
- Produce knowledge and tools to evaluate the quality of air in indoor places
- Offer GreenFlag Certification to facilities that meet air quality standards