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Detecting The Signs Of Poor Air Quality In The Workplace

Depositphotos_19067037_xsAs a business owner, you have a lot of on your plate each day. It’s your job to run the business in an efficient manner, working to make as much money as possible while not overspending on necessities. In addition to managing staff, hiring new employees and even coming up with advertising strategies, you also have to be on top of the conditions of your working environment. After all, the health and safety of your staff is of paramount importance.

But what steps need to be taken in order to make sure that your staff members are kept safe each day? Many people first think of ensuring the presence of fire extinguishers and having a well-understood fire escape route. We also often consider specific safety precautions that can sometimes involve the wearing of protective clothing. Naturally, health and safety regulations vary between businesses and often depend on the nature of the tasks being performed.

One thing is for sure though. No matter what industry you are a part of, the quality of your breathing air is a top priority. It is interesting, however, to note that our breathing air sometimes gets overlooked as a concern. Of course, clean breathing air is a necessity. But because it is literally out of sight, sometimes it is left “out of mind”. The truth is that indoor air problems in the workplace can be the causes of significant health issues.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, indoor air quality problems often “result from interactions between building materials and furnishing, activities within the building, climate, and building occupants.” And they may arise from a number of causes. They include the nature of the working environment such as inadequate temperature, humidity, lighting and even excessive noise.

You have to imagine that the more people working in the same workspace, the higher the chances are of the indoor air quality being impacted. As well contaminants such as chemicals, dusts, moulds or fungi, bacteria, gases, vapours and odours can lead to health issues. Improper ventilation is another contributing factor to poor indoor air quality.

But how can one tell if indoor air quality is affected by the above mentioned factors? CCOHS points out the symptoms that can occur. They include dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, hypersensitivity and allergies, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, dizziness and nausea. But let’s suppose members of your staff are experiencing such symptoms.

Are there telltale signs that these symptoms could be a direct result of the indoor air quality of your office space? CCOHS advises us to look out for the following. “People generally notice their symptoms after several hours at work and feel better after they have left the building or when they have been away from the building for a weekend or a vacation,” says the website. Therefore, it’s important for both you and your staff to make note of any differences in health or the presence of the above mentioned symptoms when at work and outside of the office.

The quality of your breathing air always has been and always will be a very important part of your overall health. For both yourself and your staff members, it’s important to ensure that the breathing air of your office is pure. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer top-of-the-line professional Air Quality Services to ensure just that! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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