Harmful Airborne Contaminants That Lurks In The Offices
Ever experienced an episode of sudden sneezing in the office, even when you wake up strong and ready to take on the world? You were absolutely sure that you felt indomitable minutes ago, until you stepped into the office and the series of sneezing took away whatever strength you had, leaving you fatigued and listless. We usually dismissed the thoughts of getting a cold from office since it is indoor, but think again.
Many research have proven in many ways, that pollution from indoor might even be higher than outdoor. Just because we can’t taste, smell or see it, does not mean pollution is not present indoor. According to the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air pollution can be between two and five times greater than outdoor!
A contribution to the air pollution indoor is the all harmless appliance that we cool ourselves within the office – the air-conditioner. The appliance blows out air that was drawn from the outdoor and circulates it internally within the enclosed area. Any contaminants or chemical emission may also be drawn in as a result.
Another source of pollutants, us humans. We also add an awful lot of harmful particles to the indoor air quality with every breath. Imagine the impact of having a community of employees streaming into the offices daily. A history lesson we should learn from, a few infectious diseases have shown to spread through means of aerosol transmission. Coupled with air conditioning, the enclosed area serves as a hotbed for transmission.
However, reducing the indoor pollutants can be done with a regime of thorough cleaning and sanitization to human contact points. Indoor air conditioning needs to be retrofitted with filters capable of trapping contaminants and it should be serviced and maintained to be in optimum condition. Following standards in the MERV Rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values), you can find which filter fits best in the office. Regular professional office cleaning services also helps in eliminating contaminants that are non-airborne or had sediment onto surfaces. Sanitization to all surfaces that comes into human contact and this has to be done religiously.
Even with all these precautions in place, we can only minimize all these pollutants we breathe in at work. Maintaining your personal hygiene, is still key.