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Air Quality in Offices

The indoor air quality in an office environment or in other words the air you breathe, will have a profound effect on your overall ability to work, concentrate and perform daily tasks. 

It is vital that the air quality of your office or workplace is tested as it is where you spend most of the day. With poor indoor air quality, you could be sacrificing your overall health and well-being, as well as your work productivity. The best way to counter these problems is to order an indoor air quality test. 

Your employees can suffer a lot from inadequate office air. The poor air quality of your office can lead to increased pauses and work disturbances. Worst of all, it could even lead to bad smells and reactions, ultimately, leading to the unhappiness of all of your employees.

That’s where we come in! We can help you fix the overall situation of your poor air quality. This will lead to an office full of healthy and happy employees. Work productivity will only go up. What you pay for our services is nothing compared to how much you will benefit from improved efficiency and employee enjoyment.

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A few things to watch out for when dealing with indoor air quality.

Productivity and Less Sick Days

One of the most common problems associated with poor indoor air quality in the office is an increase in absenteeism, sick days, and a decrease in productivity. While some workplaces may have obvious problems with odors, dust, or chemical pollutants, poor indoor air quality in the office is often invisible, with nothing to suggest anything is wrong. Reducing or eliminating these contaminants can result in a marked increase in employee satisfaction and comfort, which in turn has a huge effect on their ability to work effectively. Stress can have a huge effect on both physical and mental health, and aggravating environmental triggers can exacerbate stress and lead to more frequent illness and sick days. Improving your indoor air quality in the office will help everyone to feel better and work better.

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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.

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