In our last blog, we introduced a few easy ways to improve the indoor air quality of your workplace. As we pointed out, it isn’t as easy to keep the air at work free of pollutants as it is at home. After all, there are less people living in your home – we would imagine – than there are at your place of work. How can you control what all of your employees and co-workers are doing on a daily basis to impact the indoor air quality of the office?
You can’t. As a result, taking certain measures such as investing in large doormats is important. Adam Soreff of UniFirst.com states that “when utilizing scraper and walk off mats as part of a ‘system,’ the combination can trap up to 80% of the dirt coming in from foot traffic.” Of course, there are other measures that can be taken to improve indoor air quality while on the job. It can be argued that it’s your most important job of all!
Here are four steps to maintaining a pollutant-free working environment:
1. Don’t allow spills to linger. Have you ever noticed ring stains from coffee mugs or droplets of dried beverage left behind on countertops and desks throughout your office? If so, you’re not alone! Although these remnants of uncleaned spills make for a messy working environment, they also make for the breeding ground of mould and mildew. “Clean up moisture and other spills immediately to reduce the chances of mould and mildew growth,” insists Shannon Harvey of GoGreenPlus.org.
2. Make use of HEPA filters. Vacuuming is great. It obviously helps to diminish the amount of dust, dirt and other contaminants that are present in the working environment. But UniFirst.com points out that vacuuming with HEPA filters helps to “eliminate common allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.” The site also notes that “Dr. David Lang of the Cleveland Clinic notes that dander, for example, clings to clothing and can be easily spread.” HEPA filters help to purify the air to avoid this.
3. Install a carbon monoxide detector. What works for your home can work for your office. Remember that carbon monoxide in invisible and has no smell or taste. Detecting it is crucial to everyone’s safety. Detectors “are usually required in new construction, but are a good safety investment for all structures,” informs Harvey, “Especially consider installing these if you have fuel-burning devices in the building, such as gas stoves, water heaters, and space heaters.”
4. Keep moisture to a minimum. As mentioned, practicing some of your home-based routines at work can work wonders. As you know, moisture provides breeding grounds for mould. To keep it at a minimum, UniFirst.com recommends that you “use a dehumidifier and an air conditioner to keep indoor humidity in the 30-50% range – a level that helps keep mould, dust mites, and other allergens at bay.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we insist upon providing our clients with services that guarantee them the best indoor air quality possible. Our Air Quality Services seek to locate problems areas in the home or workplace in order to eliminate them, making the location a much safer place to be. To improve the indoor air quality at your home or workplace, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.