Types of Indoor Air Contaminants in The Workplace
Air quality in the office can be affected by any number of pollutants or problems caused by the building, or the products and things that we bring into the buildings. Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are gaining a lot of press recently for being the cause of, or exacerbating, poor air quality in offices across Canada. SBS is increasing as our homes and buildings become more air tight, which prevents contaminants from being flushed effectively, and can lead to problems with humidity, ventilation, and mold growth. MCS is caused by an increased sensitivity to chemicals found in our indoor environments, which in the office can be anything from your neighbour's perfume to floor polishes, cleaning products, and photocopier toners.
Other issues might be caused by the building itself. Poor indoor humidity and temperature control, an under maintained HVAC system, workplace overcrowding, windows that don't open, and excessive noise and lighting can all contribute to poor indoor air quality in the office. These problems can then cause biological hazards like toxic mold growth in the walls, ceiling, or HVAC. Dust mites can proliferate in carpets and office furniture, and life threatening bacterial diseases, such as Legionnaire's, can proliferate when maintenance standards aren't met. Materials used in construction, like asbestos, carpeting, pest control sprays, solvents, and paints can also have a big effect on the quality of your office life. Testing the indoor air quality at work can help you feel better, work better, and to create a better office environment for everyone. Get in touch with us at SafeAir today to learn more about indoor air quality in the office and how you can improve it.
Our Indoor Air Quality Testing program can pin point your indoor air quality issues and provide easy to follow and concrete solutions to your air quality needs. All our air quality assessments are confidential and include a complete report with detailed recommendations to solve any sick building issues. See also Liability Issues for more information about indoor air quality in the workplace.