Air quality is an important factor in ensuring the health of your employees and the excellence of your overall productivity. An office uses heat and lightning which both use energy and these require the consumption of gas, oil or other fossil fuels. Through the burning of these air pollution particles are produced, which can be harmful to our respiratory system. When you work in an office, you may be inhaling these on a daily basis.
Productivity can be increased by 10% with better indoor air quality, as well as reducing sick leave by 35%. So while the benefits of good indoor air quality for the workplace are evident, how can you improve it?
Check for contamination
If your staff are experiencing symptoms of poor air quality, such as sniffling and eye irritation, ensure that your ventilation system is free of any chemicals that might cause contamination of the buildings ventilation system. Any sources of volatile chemicals, such as automobile exhausts or cigarette smoke, can be picked up and spread around the building via air intakes.
Regularly maintain the ventilation system
Ensuring that the ventilation system is properly maintained will provide the office with clear air. Make sure it is regularly cleaned and free from any blockages. Keep the system in good working order with checks from mechanics; if there is a fault with the system it might reduce the quality of air inside the building.
Avoid turning it off at weekends; while it may be an extra cost, making certain that it is running at all times will reduce the amount of sick leave your employees will have to take.
Make the office greener
To enhance the quality of air in the workplace, you should consider purchasing some plants. Not only will this add colour to your office, but they release phytochemicals into the air to prevent build-up of bacteria and mould that can be harmful if inhaled. They also circulate the air movement to rid the room of stale air. The best type of plant that is effective for cleaning the air is the Areca plant, such as an Arcea palm.
Avoid using solvents
Constant use of solvents can harm the respiratory system, so consider using non-solvent based products for things such as polish or room deodorant. Ensure that the photocopier is placed in a separate room as the ink fumes it produces when in action can be inhaled by staff. As we spend a majority of our lives at work, we need to make sure that the office environment is not endangering our health.
Not only that, but a healthy workplace is beneficial for productivity as well as improving concentration. You might want to consider having the air quality of the office tested to ensure that it is harmless for your employees to breathe in. Using air monitoring equipment can help you determine how clean it is and with the results that the equipment provides, you may be able to manage an efficient solution to improving air quality in the workplace.
By Harry Price
Harry Price is a talented young writer that lives in a small costal town with his wife and 3 dogs. His surroundings are an inspiration for creative writing.