Spring is a time for blooming flowers and growing grass, which means increased pollen and allergies. While outdoor allergens may be unavoidable, the indoor air quality of your facility can be controlled with the proper maintenance.
According to the EPA, people spend around 90% of their time indoors. In these confined spaces, there are many sources of polluted air which can cause health problems to occupants. These issues can be amplified if proper IAQ is not managed.
Spring is just around the corner and, for many people, that means one thing — allergies. For people who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring is often the worst time of the year.
They can seek relief indoors but, in buildings with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that haven’t been properly maintained, relief is not always possible; depending on a person’s allergens, conditions may even worsen while indoors.
Did you know building occupants and employees can improve IAQ (Industrial Air Quality)? According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), there are simple steps occupants can follow to decrease indoor air contaminants. Educating occupants of these IAQ guidelines can reduce costs and reduce employee sick leave.
Each year in the United States, roughly 1.7 million people are effected by healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), resulting in an average of 99,000 deaths and $20 billion in hospital costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most of the training for HAI prevention focuses on healthcare providers performing tasks in a sanitary way, however, the facility and its indoor air quality also play an important role.
Improving office building indoor air quality (IAQ) reduces sick leave by 39% and costs by 44%, according to an Australian case study. Identifying indoor air contaminants can be difficult, as they range from airborne bacteria, fungi and dust to building materials and office equipment. Outdoor sources such as temperature, lighting, smoke and humidity also affect IAQ. There are a variety of steps businesses can take to improve IAQ and reduce employee sick leave.