Understanding the Indoor Air Quality of Your Workplace

Understanding the Indoor Air Quality of Your Workplace

One of the best things you can do as a business owner is making sure that your employees have good indoor air quality in the workplace. Good indoor air quality helps ensure the health and well-being of all of your employees. Practicing proper cleaning habits can also help rid the environment of germs, bacteria, and other contaminants that may threaten the air quality.

The Problem with Air Pollution

The air in our homes and workplaces is often filled with toxic compounds that can cause harm to our physical and mental health. Pollution indoors has also been linked to health conditions, including respiratory problems and diseases, cough and cold, skin irritation, headaches, nausea, and more. 

The Cause of Poor Air Quality

There are many things in the workplace that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Building materials, supplies, and other equipment and machines being used in the workplace can all contaminate the air. Carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and hydrocarbons, among others, may also be present.

If the building is older, then you also have the risk of asbestos and lead contamination as well. Aside from these contaminants, you also have to consider the cleaners, polishes, and air fresheners that are also being used because these can all contribute to the problem as well.

You need to make sure that there is proper ventilation throughout the building or the contaminants and potentially hazardous materials can exceed that of the air outside.

Quality Testing the Air

Quality testing is the first step to take toward achieving better air quality in the workplace. Trained professionals will come in and test for a variety of different pollutants in the air. They often use testing kits that can measure the levels of each pollutant. 

One of the more common testing kits used by professionals in commercial buildings is one that measures Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). 

Improving Air Quality

After the indoor air testing, you then need to take the appropriate steps to address the indoor air pollution that is causing the poor air quality in the workplace. 

First, determine the source of pollution. To do this, a walkthrough is done, and inspections are performed to check for water damage, leaks, mold, and other sources of possible air pollution. Air conditioning units, roof damage, and moisture issues are often the problem.

Next, the health of the employees needs to be assessed. Management should always keep track of health issues and concerns that may be the result of poor indoor air quality. It is then important to make sure that the building is well maintained and updated. 

Improving Ventilation

Ensuring that there is proper ventilation so that fresh air can be brought in is important. Industrial ventilation helps control exposure to these airborne contaminants, helps lessen fire hazards, removes airborne contaminants, and can provide the workplace with a continuous supply of fresh air while keeping all temperature and humidity levels comfortable.

To further discuss the air quality in your workplace, contact H20 Away today. 

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