The importance of good air quality in the workplace
Studies show that we spend 90% of our time in enclosed spaces. That’s why it’s so important to look after indoor air quality, especially at work. How do you ensure good air quality? Discover KANE-CO2, an ideal product to monitor the air quality of offices, hotels, schools, factories and many more environments.
WHY IS AIR QUALITY IMPORTANT?
It is easy to understand that air quality plays an important role in our health, but in the workplace, it also affects the financial health of your company.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOOD AIR QUALITY AT WORK
First of all, it is important to consider air quality for health reasons. Some studies show that more than 800,000 people worldwide die each year due to poor air quality at work.
A person consumes more than 10,800 litres of air every day! So if the air is of poor quality, it can damage a person’s health. When symptoms are mild, this can take the form of allergies or illness. For example, in winter, poorly filtered or poorly ventilated air will contribute to the spread of certain seasonal viruses such as influenza. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this has become more important than ever. Since the virus can be spread by air, an adequate ventilation system is necessary. Otherwise, the workspace could quickly turn into a contamination cluster!
Poor air quality can also cause other types of symptoms such as breathing difficulties or even poisoning. For example, carbon dioxide is an odorless and colorless gas. In high doses, this gas can cause serious health consequences, including death. Equally important, a high concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) can lead to asthma and even much more serious long-term symptoms, such as lung disease.
THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF GOOD AIR QUALITY AT WORK FOR YOUR BUSINESS
In addition to the health aspect, the quality of the air at work plays an important role in the motivation and performance of your employees. For example, studies based on cognitive tests have shown much better results in rooms with optimal air quality. With better temperature control and cleaner air to breathe, your employees will feel better. Their productivity will increase, which will benefit your company’s bottom line. It is estimated that an increase in productivity of just 1% can have a significant impact on a company’s profit.
Finally, you will also reduce absenteeism from work with a significant reduction in sick leave.
HOW TO MONITOR AIR QUALITY?
As explained above, air quality is therefore no longer simply a matter of comfort. It is an important aspect that every responsible employer must take into account. The health of your employees and your company is at stake!
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD VENTILATION
The ventilation system in your premises plays a vital role in the quality of the air your employees breathe. Indeed, it allows filtering and ventilates the air adequately. To do this, it must include quality equipment adapted to each space.
For example, efficient air filters should be present throughout the ventilation chain. These filters clean the air coming from outside. They purify the air of certain harmful particles such as Nox, which are naturally present in urban environments, especially from car exhausts. In addition to filtration, a good ventilation system also regulates odors in the toilet and kitchen areas.
Finally, to prevent your ventilation system from losing performance, it is important to maintain it. For example, filters should be replaced regularly, or they may become inoperative.
EQUIP YOURSELF WITH AN AIR QUALITY MONITOR!
At KANE, we specialise in manufacturing and supplying testing equipment that helps heating and ventilation professionals. The KANE-CO2 houses different sensors to centralise air quality data.
As the name suggests, the KANE-CO2 mainly measures the level of CO2 in the air. With the KANE-CO2, you can easily detect if heating equipment has a malfunction that results in a CO2 leak.
In addition, the CO2 measurement is also an indicator that you can use to identify areas with little or no ventilation. As mentioned above, poor ventilation contributes to the spread of viruses. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) suggest the use of CO2 monitors to identify poorly ventilated areas to help reduce the risk of COVID aerosol transmission.
The KANE-CO2 also allows you to monitor the humidity and temperature of your premises. With its large LCD screen, all information is easily accessible at a glance. The display reacts in case of abnormally high CO2 levels. In addition, an audible alarm sounds for added reactivity.
With the KANE-CO2, you benefit from the expertise and support of KANE in the field of ventilation and customer service. If you would like more information on how the KANE-CO2 can take care of your employees’ and customers’ health, click here: https://www.kane.co.uk/products/KANE-CO2