Poor indoor air quality is not just a nuisance -- it has a direct impact on workers’ health, comfort, productivity, and quality of life. An office job can be just as “dangerous” to overall health as a highly specialized occupation dealing with toxic chemicals.
Many small to medium-sized businesses handle possibly harmful substances. Electrocorp offers commercial IAQ solutions for applications such as
Restaurants, hotels, casinos, bars
Retail and commercial spaces
Auto body shops and garages
Art supply and craft stores
Beauty salons (hair and nail salons) and spas
Schools and universities
Museums, libraries and archives
Law enforcement and firefighters
And many more...
The settings may be different, but they all potentially expose employees to poor indoor air quality, which affects the bottom line.
Polluted air compromises employees’ health
Sources of indoor air pollution are found in most buildings and offices, including building materials, paint, furnishings, electronic equipment, printer ink, carpets, dirty ventilation systems, cleaning products and more.
The most common indoor air pollutants in any commercial, industrial or residential setting include
Microbial contaminants (bacteria, viruses)
When trapped and recirculated within the workplace, pollutants accumulate over time and can have serious, long-term effects on workers’ health. Many indoor air pollutants cause an immediate short-term reaction as well, causing headaches, dizziness, and eye, nose, or throat irritation, among other symptoms.
Respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer are examples of conditions that may occur or be exacerbated with extended or repeated exposure to polluted indoor air. Each year, more than 342,000 lives are claimed by lung disease overall.
Asthma and allergies are serious and growing concerns, with asthma alone affecting an estimated 20 million people (one of every 15 Americans).
Industry-specific air quality concerns widespread
Aside from common IAQ concerns, workers may be exposed to higher levels of pollutants that are specific to their industry (for example, VOCs in printing rooms and print shops, formaldehyde fumes in beauty salons, labs and funeral homes, fine dust particles in woodworking stations, bacteria and viruses in healthcare settings, toluene, xylene and other chemicals in auto body shops and garages etc).
In most cases, airborne pollutants can only be mitigated with source control, a preventive IAQ management program and an industrial air cleaner with a complete filtration system that targets not only particles and pathogens but also chemicals, odors, gases and fumes.
Indoor air quality is vital for occupational health and safety - and failure to address it may affect workers and businesses over a long period of time.
Contact Electrocorp for a free consultation: 1-866-667-0297.