Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Indoor air pollution is a leading public health concern. Beginning in the '90s, the trend toward energy efficient workplaces literally trapped a variety of contaminants indoors. The increased use of chemicals in business and industry led to a buildup of toxic pollutants in our work environment that came to be known as Sick Building Syndrome.
Initially, the impact of Sick Building Syndrome was elusive. Employees complained of not feeling well, however diagnosis was difficult. Eventually the impact of poor indoor air quality became clear: decreased productivity, absenteeism, worker's comp and liability claims - even litigation! Sick Building Syndrome became a nightmare for employer and employee alike.
The following are just some of the most common contaminants that can be found in an office, and their effects on us:
-Microorganisms - Cause repeated colds and flus, absenteeism, loss of productivity
-Radon - linked to cancer
-Formaldehyde - Respiratory irritation, nausea, headache, suspected carcinogen
-Tobacco Smoke - Respiratory irritation, nausea, headache, suspected carcinogen
-Hydrocarbons/Organic Chemicals - Respiratory irritation, nausea, headache, eye irritation.
Call us at Air Purifying Systems & Solutions to find out how we can help you to ensure that your office/work environment is free of these contaminants and is healthy for your employees!