Poor ventilation is cited by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration as a major factor that impacts indoor air quality.
A report released by the United States Department of Labor Occupational Health & Safety Administration cites poor ventilation as a major cause of indoor air quality issues, and says that, “the right ventilation and building care can prevent and fix IAQ problems.” In the publication, the agency provides information to assist workers and employers with improving their understanding of how to prevent IAQ problems, which can impact the health of individuals in offices and other workplaces.
According to OSHA, “The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers’ comfort but also for their health. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.”
The agency has further stated, “Also, some specific diseases have been linked to specific air contaminants or indoor environments, like asthma with damp indoor environments. In addition, some exposures, such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.”
Many are unaware of the dangers that may be present in the workspaces they spend extended periods of time in every day. In fact, past research has cited indoor air pollution as the worst environmental problem, attributing 4 million deaths each year worldwide to poor IAQ.
Source: Vox Report “The deadliest environmental problem today is indoor air pollution — killing 4 million a year”
“All told, indoor air pollution kills between 3.5 million and 4.3 million people each year. To put that in perspective, that’s more deaths than are caused by HIV/AIDS (around 1.6 million per year) and malaria (around 627,000) — combined.”
The Best Air Filtration Products for a Healthier Indoor Environment
Camfil, a global leader in air filtration products has conducted numerous studies on the best practices for building owners and operators charged with the task of improving indoor air quality. One study involved the Camfil France headquarters, which had more than 100 employees working in an office space located in close proximity to one of the most polluted areas of Paris. For the protection of the workers, Camfil undertook various actions to reduce the number of particles and contaminants coming in from outside. Among the actions were the installation of 5 CamCleaner City air purifiers. The results of the effort showed a significant reduction in fine particles and VOCs being circulated through the air, making the environment safe and healthier for employees.
Camfil air filtration products are ranked among the most effective for maintaining air quality at healthy levels for hospitals, commercial buildings, retail buildings, industrial buildings, and other structures. The selection of high quality, energy efficient air filters offered by the company have contributed to significant cost reductions in addition to air quality improvements for building owners and operators. This includes 20 percent lower costs in HVAC energy spending.
Camfil provides air quality and HVAC air filter assessments for those who need better IAQ support.
More information about the viability of Camfil’s air filtration products and services and related case studies can be found here.