Sick Building Syndrome has been in effect long before the airborne nature of the virus transmission took centre stage. With this, indoor air quality has emerged as an important concern area that has kept the management and staff in workspaces on their toes.
Indoor air quality has emerged to be a major concern to businesses as it not only deteriorates human health but also affects staff productivity and performance levels. Following the onset of the pandemic, focusing on building health has played an integral role in ensuring a safe return to onsite operations.
The EPA states that the term ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ denotes a situation where occupants of a building experience acute discomfort; it is said to be linked with the amount of time spent inside. Since adults spend a minimum of 8 hours per day inside offices and work buildings, respiratory illnesses have developed in millions. Lack of proper ventilation and exposure to chemical pollutants (emissions) and biological pollutants (bacteria and viruses) are some of the main factors that are responsible for this syndrome.
By addressing such concerns in your building, you can create a safe, productive indoor environment and rid both employers and employees of doubts and uncertainty.
Here are 6 effective ways to help you get started.
Understand your indoor environment
The primary concern of any business today is to safeguard the health and well-being of its occupants to ensure that operations are not hindered. For a seamless workflow, it becomes important to understand the surroundings and take measures to improve productivity. In light of the same, one will naturally be inclined towards a data-driven solution that not only helps identify the problem but also assist in its minimization.
There are several ways to go about this. Start by taking the assistance of experts who are acquainted with in-depth knowledge of the built environment, functioning of HVAC systems and the effects posed by poor indoor air quality. Gather relevant data on your air quality through continuous air monitoring as a form of measurement in order to recognize and tackle pain points and problems. Once these are identified, rely extensively on strategies that are backed by generational research.
Monitor the particle levels
PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 are particulates that have come under the limelight as they pose adverse impacts on human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) believe that their negative influence is dire in contrast to other pollutants. By monitoring particle levels, you can get accurate information on the status of your indoor health based on which specific action can then be taken.
Manage pollutant sources
It is also necessary to identify what pollutant sources lie within your office or business. This can easily be done through pest control, housekeeping and even through several building maintenance activities. Switching to all-natural products is another simple way to take control of these sources. But remember that these threats lies outside as well - be sure to pay attention to both in order to minimize contact with toxins.
Check moisture and humidity
Alongside the other factors, remember that humidity also plays a vital role. The presence of moisture and dirt allows moulds and bacteria to thrive - which leads to the growth of unhealthy biological contaminants within indoor spaces. Fluctuating levels of humidity cause discomfort in the form of sinus and dry eyes. This makes it important to balance humidity levels. This can be done by checking for water damage and changing damaged materials promptly.
Establish potential risks
We inhale more than 25 million particles with a single breath we take. With more contaminants scattered inside indoor settings, there is a higher chance of sickness and ill-health. This is because one is likely to be exposed to chemicals, odours, gases, microbes and particulates daily. Prolonged exposure to such threats in indoor spaces leads to diseases, which is why it is imperative to be informed and take measures accordingly.
Efficiency of air purifiers
In light of the above, an air purifier has emerged as the most effective solution to control indoor air quality. AerMax 500 is highly effective at particle removal since its ‘TrueShield HEPA’ H-13 technology captures particles as small as 0.052 microns with 99.998% efficiency. It is a revolutionary commercial air purifier that is best suited for densely populated and poorly ventilated spaces.
Being a holistic solution for all IAQ-related needs, it fits into every indoor environment and supplies clean, uncontaminated air every 10-12 minutes. The noise-free functioning of this air purifier for offices, hotels and schools further adds to its preference as it reduces the risk of contamination without interrupting regular operations.
This is an ideal solution for those in pursuit of nothing but the best, Spectrum Filtration’s extensive experience in the air filtration industry assures the same. Used in several critical industries, the filters of this commercial air purifier have enjoyed preference over the last 25 years and counting.
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