Employer Responsibility: Indoor Air Quality

Jun 20

Employers should not overlook indoor air quality. It can affect both the productivity and health of employees, so it is a lose-lose situation if they ignore the role of indoor air quality, even if they look at it in a pure business perspective.

It doesn’t matter what industry they are, because all kinds of work are vulnerable to poor air quality. Below are just some of the things employers can do to ensure the cleanliness of air in their premises.

Installing the adequate ventilation system

The most basic thing they can do is to get a good ventilation system, such as that from RoboVent. A ventilation system does not just circulate air and control temperature, as it can also effectively filter dust and other pollutants.

Of course, merely installing the system is not enough. Maintaining it to avoid defects and malfunctions are just as important.

Designing the workplace for good air circulation

Even if the workplace has an adequate ventilation system, it may not function in its most effective if the workplace itself is not designed in a way that promotes good air movement. Furniture, supplies, equipment, and even entire machines should not block airways, particularly air conditioners, hallways, and windows. The place should also not be too crowded.

Maintaining the workplace

The ventilation system is not just the only thing that needs maintenance. The entire workplace should be cleaned for aesthetic and health reasons. Aside from ventilation system defects, the most common maintenance issues include excessive emissions from appliances and office equipment, improper disposal of trash, improper storage of food, and growth of bacteria, mold, and other contaminants.

Avoiding pollutants

Pollutants such as chemicals and particles are sometimes unavoidable, especially on industries such as manufacturing and mining. In these instances, it is best to wear protective gear to avoid direct contact. But on instances where they can be avoided, like in office spaces, it is just wrong not to even try avoiding them, because they can present risks, particularly for the eyes, skin, and lungs.

Employers should avoid materials and processes that may cause pollutants, and they can do this by enforcing rules, such as establishing smoking areas and separating high-emission equipment from the work area.

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