We spend about 30 percent of our lives at work, so it’s important that the conditions within the workplace are fun, positive, and most importantly, safe. But while workplace safety doesn’t typically conjure thoughts of indoor air quality, it should! After all, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside is often far more polluted than the air outside — so if you work indoors, it’s important to consider the quality of the air at your place of employment.
Read on to learn commonly asked questions about indoor air quality and how you can detect poor indoor air quality at work.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality problems occur for a variety of reasons. The environment inside of a building is very influential on the quality of the air. Factors including inadequate temperature, humidity, poor air circulation and ventilation issues can all contribute to indoor air pollution. Additionally, indoor air contaminants such as bacteria, chemicals, dust, fungi, gases, mold and vapors can cause the quality of the air indoors to suffer.
What Symptoms Are Related to Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Many poor indoor air quality related symptoms resemble symptoms you might experience when you have the flu, including:
– Shortness of breath
– Nose, eye, or throat irritation
Signs Your Workplace May Be Suffering from Poor Air Quality
While symptoms related to poor indoor air quality may be hard to recognize, there are certain signs you should look for if you suspect your place of employment is suffering from indoor air pollution.
For starters, look for physical signs. If you notice that you develop symptoms similar to those listed above after arriving to work, but your symptoms clear up when you leave, you may be being exposed to poor indoor air quality.
How You Can Investigate Possible Indoor Air Quality Issues
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms related to poor indoor air quality at work, it is important you reach out to a manager or human resources officer for help. From here, there are certain steps that should be taken to determine the source of the indoor air pollution, including these from the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:
– Check the ventilation system to ensure it is operating properly.
– Look for possible causes including a source of a chemical, a recent renovation, etc.
– Rule out common causes such as ergonomics, humidity, noise and the like.
– Reach out to a professional for air testing.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Sansone
One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce indoor air pollution is by calling a professional HVAC technician for help. At Sansone, we offer a variety of products and services designed to remove bacteria, chemicals, and other potentially dangerous toxins from the air in your home or business.
Our industry-leading product offerings can ensure your home or business isn’t just comfortable, but safe. Better yet, our maintenance services provide a comprehensive analysis and tuneup of your entire HVAC system to ensure it is functioning as efficiently as possible and able to remove contaminants. Ready to learn more or want to schedule an appointment? Contact us today!