Ensuring Employee Health Through Indoor Air Quality
Employees are trending to spend more and more time in an office environment as companies continue to further specialize. Companies are condensing working areas for more and more employees to work in close proximity to one another. This proves to be a health challenge as more individuals share the same space. Indoor Air Quality can provide a huge challenge for this trend if the right preparations are not made.
Poor Indoor Air Quality can cause employees to become ill and miss more time at work while recovering. Illness can spread quickly across the office and impact the companys productivity. A large component of the quality of air in an office building is controlled by the ventilation system. Not enough air flowing from the outside could cause a buildup inside the building of gases. Air should also be evenly distributed throughout the building or certain areas could become problematic. Ventilation systems are typically put together as after thoughts during the construction of the building, which can create unnecessary challenges when designing a well-constructed system.
A Certified Industrial Hygienist can visit your company to take measurements to test the Indoor Air Quality conditions at your office. The Certified Industrial Hygienist has specialized training and equipment to properly monitor the levels and determine if any present a health risk. Results could require the ventilation system at the building to be reworked to allow for better air flow or distribution. Outside air should also be allowed to filter inside to ensure there are not high levels of carbon monoxide that build up in the office.
Click to contact a Certified Industrial Hygienist to assess your companys Indoor Air Quality. These measurements can help improve the health and safety while at the workplace. Employees are one of the companys most expensive assets and considerations should be made to keep the workforce healthy and productive. Sick time and illness can hinder production and impact the companys profit margin. Most employers offer a health plan that is cofounded by the company and employees. A large number of claims increases cost on both parties. The company can take the next step to ensure premiums do not increase further by ensuring the Indoor Air Quality is within safe levels that are verified by a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Taking the first step today allows for a healthier and brighter tomorrow by focusing on the health of the employees, because people are worth protecting.