It is imperative that businesses have good air quality. Indoor air can be home to mold, spores, bacteria, viruses, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), asbestos and more. Studies show that poor air quality decreases employee health, hinders productivity and increased sick days. In fact, there’s a name for the effect that poor air quality has on its occupants: sick building syndrome.
All of these issues are ultimately tied to your bottom line. Poor air quality can be difficult to detect, but the following signs can help you to investigate the problem further. If your building is subject to poor air quality, it is in your best interest to invest in air filters to improve the quality of your air efficiently and quickly.
- Employees Are Reporting Symptoms
Poor indoor air quality is associated with a number of health-related symptoms, from dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, skin and throat, to headaches, coughing and sneezing. Over the long-term, poor air quality can lead to serious health concerns, including respiratory problems and cancer. In the short-term, symptoms tend to arise several hours after employees appear at work and then go away once they have left the building. If any of your employees have reported these symptoms, this is a leading sign that the air quality is poor in your building.
- Ventilation Problems
One cause of poor air quality is a lack of ventilation (fresh air) and/or poor maintenance of ventilation systems. If your building experiences excessive condensation on the windows and walls, this might be the result of poor ventilation.
- Your Building Has The Following Risk Factors
The following is list of many different risk factors for poor air quality that should be taken into consideration. It is important to especially take note if the following situations have taken place and employees are also reporting symptoms. In general, there are many different causes of poor air quality, including poor ventilation and maintenance as discussed above, pollutants coming from the building itself, and construction, as well as from chemicals from inside the building, whether from cleaning products or office machines to name a few. Take time to consider these risk factors and their potential effects on your building.
Note, too, that there are devices designed to test air quality. You can also contact a professional. Ultimately, these will be the most reliable methods of determining whether your building has poor air quality.
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