Indoor and outdoor air quality has featured heavily in industry, national and global news in the past few months. Awareness surrounding the impact of exposure to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is growing.
Last year The Building Engineering Association (BESA) commissioned a survey. It revealed that almost 70% of office workers believed poor IAQ in their workplace negatively impacted their productivity and well-being. Furthermore, a third were also concerned that it was damaging their health.
Recent studies and articles have shown that high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide (CO2) can lead to minor ailments such as:
- Lack of concentration
Some have even shown evidence of the link between air pollution and more serious health implications such as:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
A recent article published by the ACR Journal (Ref. 1) stated: “Improvements to the physical workplace environment have proven to better employees’ health and considerably boost labour productivity, which indirectly reduces labour costs and allows for employee retention.”
IAQ is seen as one of the main environmental factors that impacts employee health and well-being. Monitoring and improving the IAQ in your workplace is therefore extremely important.
How to improve Indoor Air Quality at Work
- Regularly maintain all heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
- Continually review and monitor air quality
- Install high specification air purification
Ref 1: ACR Journal, ‘Indoo Air Quality’s Crucial Role for Business’, 10/04/2017 [accessed on 11/04/2017]