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We’re spending more time than ever indoors in the UK – it’s not uncommon to work more than 40 hours per week and some experts estimate that overall, we spent up to 90% of our time indoors.
Air pollution is known to cause a variety of short and long term health conditions, from eye irritation to Sick Building Syndrome, and has also been linked to more than 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is of particular importance in artificial environments, such as office buildings, where complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) control air temperature and flow, but can be breeding grounds for bacteria and harmful particles if regular maintenance is neglected, causing health problems as well as affecting efficiency.
Design, operation and maintenance
An integrated approach will ensure a healthy working environment for the buildings occupants, from design and layout of the space to ongoing maintenance. Consideration must be given to:
Good IAQ requires the cooperation of both the building and facilities managers and the individuals who work in the building. Everyday activities such as heating food in a microwave, or using the photocopier, can have a great influence on the air quality of a building by generating odors and pollutants. Providing training programmes educating staff about the factors that affect IAQ will help to prevent any potential problems.
Things everyone in the building can do:
At Guardian Water Treatment Ltd, we provided IAQ assessment, monitoring, treatment and air hygiene management services for a range of buildings, including office blocks, shops, hospitals and leisure facilities.
To find out more about our specialist Air Hygiene Services, click here.