Equinox Labs wishes you a Happy and Healthy New year. Take a deep breath. Notice anything? If you don’t, that could be a very good thing: Indoor air quality, or IAQ, often only attracts notice when something’s wrong.
But there are times when poor IAQ can go unnoticed, leading to headaches, congestion, nasal and throat irritation, and more—and it can even impact the productivity of employees at the workplace.
According to a survey, IAQ can impact productivity by as much as 11%! So how can the average business protect itself and maintain good IAQ?
Here are a few easy ways—and the best part is, most of the efforts you take to improve your IAQ will also bring added benefits to your building and its occupants!
- Maintain the company air filters and HVAC (heating,ventilation and air conditioning) systems – This also ensures smooth operation and cuts down on energy costs incurred by poor maintenance and air flow.
- Clean your building regularly to eliminate bacteria, dust, and other pollutants. Not only does this improve IAQ, but also helps cut down on productivity drains like hay fever and influenza.
- Protect your entryways and floors with proper matting systems that help trap soils and particles. This will be less time-consuming in refinishing the office flooring.
- Invest in (and maintain) quality vacuum systems for your facilities, including HEPA (High efficiency particulate air) filtration technology. Backpack versions of these vacuums are also more efficient and safer for your employees to use.
- Switch to microfiber dust mops and cloths that trap more soil and that are cleaned through thorough vacuuming and washing. Microfiber products can also cut down on the use of disposable alternatives, reducing your environmental footprint.
- Choose cleaning chemicals that are low in volatile organic compounds. These chemicals are safer for your workers and can also provide you with the opportunity to streamline your cleaning supplies for more labor savings.
- Plan your space around airflow, ensuring good ventilation and utilizing furniture and fixtures that are easy to clean. Thoughtful design can also boost productivity and employee morale.
- Be updated with new guidelines issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
These are few steps that Facility Managers can easily maintain to improve the Indoor Air Quality of their Company premises. This will indirectly reflect on company productivity and brand equity.
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