How To Be Healthier In The Workplace
How much does indoor air quality matter in a work environment? Well it can have a big impact on the health, comfort, and productivity of workers. In fact, there are actually a number of serious health problems related to IAQ, and while they are usually rare, people are becoming more and more aware of the endangered health issues that can occur when IAQ is poor or very poor.
The causes and consequences of poor air quality are reasonably complex and not completely understood. However, there are some basic factors that a company owner, building owner, employer, and occupant should know in order to address and concerns about indoor air quality. It can become a big problem when air contains dust and objectionable odours, chemical contaminants, dampness or mould. Related to this are the physical characteristics of the air, including the amount of air movement, its temperature and it the humidity. General guidelines for achieving a good IAQ include –
By ensuring that a space is kept fully and safely ventilated you can pretty much ensure that the IAQ will be safe. Ventilation needs to be in accordance with the current guidelines in the country you are living in. These can easily be obtained, for example in the USA, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality can be referred to. Large industrial factories, for example will need to implement some form of stainless steel ducting system, whereas smaller commercial buildings will need smaller scale industrial ventilation systems. So, you will need to do you research.
In a factory setting, mechanical equipment and building surfaces should always be maintained in sanitary condition, as these can become airborne. Significant emission sources, such as large copy machines should always be separated from occupied spaces. All operations, maintenance, and construction activities on your business should be performed in a manner that minimises any staff exposure to potential airborne contaminants.
This includes temperature, humidity, and air movement to be at a range that is acceptable to most occupants. To ensure your staff are comfortable at work you will again need to refer to the current guidelines in the country you are living in. But, comfortable staff mean happy staff, so it is in your best interest to do this.
If you do all of these things you can ensure that the Air Quality can be maintained and that workers will be safe within the workplace. A clean and safe air quality also means that workers should be more awake and attentive at work, as they will feel more comfortable. so in answer to the original question, yes, Indoor Air Quality is exceedingly important within the workplace.