Indoor air quality in the workplace is essential to the well-being of those with seasonal or chronic allergies. The EPA reports that most Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors. Unfortunately, indoor air often has higher levels of pollutants than outdoor air. These pollutants can trigger or worsen allergic responses and could even cause serious illness.
The more people that come and go from your facility, the more allergens they introduce. Pollen, grass, ragweed, cigarette smoke, dust mites, and animal dander can easily cling to your clothing and shoes. Then, when you enter a space where the air is stagnant or otherwise compromised, these pollutants can lower the quality of the air and trigger allergic reactions.
The air inside your facility affects the health and comfort of your customers and your employees. And, unfortunately, hundreds of air pollutants go undetected in commercial facilities daily. In addition to the more common allergens that people bring in, nearly every commercially manufactured thing—from furniture and upholstery to paint and flooring—emits chemical pollutants on some level.
In many cases, facility managers begin to assess and respond to the issue only after employees start experiencing symptoms triggered by poor indoor air quality. Don’t fall into that trap!
To control indoor allergens and air pollution, assess your environment carefully and if necessary, invest in professional services to keep indoor air quality high.
Refer to Jidan Cleaning’s office disinfection checklist for additional ways you can keep specific spaces free from common illness-causing bacteria. In the meantime, it is important to recognize the need for help.
Despite best efforts, businesses can’t always adequately accomplish some cleaning methods without professional care.
For example, many vacuums do not have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which trap microscopic allergens. Vacuums without this filter remove the allergens from the floor and shoot them back into the air. Also, the corners and edges of your carpet are often neglected and can trap dust and allergens that can aggravate respiratory systems.
Investing in professional air testing can help remove hidden or microscopic contaminants. Experts will measure airflow, humidity, and ventilation when you have your air quality tested. In addition, they will test for odors, leaks, and mildew/mold growth. A thorough inspection can tell you what problems exist and how to respond and prevent future issues.
If you’d like to learn more about the dangers of poor indoor air quality and how to prevent it, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s guide for more information.