Since 1970, and since the following amendments of 1990, the Clean Air Act has helped to dramatically reduce air pollution in the workplace. Because of the government standards for air quality, many Americans have avoided suffering from serious illnesses from bad air. Even so, many places still struggle to maintain healthy indoor air quality at work.
What Is Good Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality is defined by more than just how many dust mites or hazardous particles are in the air. Viruses, dust, mold spores, and many other types of small particles are real dangers. The most common pollutants include carbon monoxide, lead, ozone, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide.
However, temperature and humidity levels also matter. The air quality of a commercial space should be at a comfortable temperature and average absolute humidity level, about 40 to 60%. The humidity must coincide with the temperature of the room as well, which is called relative humidity.
Causes of Bad Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality can result from a diversity of reasons. Some spaces may not have enough ventilation, causing stifled airflow, a build-up of humidity, or contaminated indoor air. Construction work can also bring in a gust of contaminants. Other causes of poor air include leaks and flooding, leading to mold, dampness, and high humidity. The neglect of heating and air conditioning units can also cause problems, as well as the infestation of animals.
People generally suffer from mild to severe illnesses due to such problems. At the very least, they will notice a musty smell in the area or feel the place is hot and stuffy. Or, they may begin to have headaches and fatigue. Other common symptoms are having dry and scratchy eyes, nose, and throat, sneezing, coughing, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fever. Those with asthma and allergies are far more susceptible to illness from bad air, as well as those with a weakened immune system. Poor air quality can lead to sick building syndrome, in which someone feels ill for no apparent reason, but only in that building. It can also lead to building-related illness (BRI), such as pneumonia or Legionnaires Disease.
Keeping Commercial Spaces Clean
Companies are supposed to keep buildings safe and clean according to governmental standards and inform employees of any present health dangers. One air test alone may not be able to detect an indoor air problem. Still, a company should ensure the inspection and maintenance of HVAC units, the remediation of mold and water damage, and testing for asbestos and other hazards as needed.
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