Commercial Indoor Air Quality
Waychoff’s Air Conditioning of Jacksonville, FL knows that a major concern to businesses, schools building managers, tenants, and a worker is the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Indoor Air Quality can affect the health, well-being, comfort and productivity level of building occupants. Taking an active approach to address any issues with IAQ can benefit employees and building owners, preventing hazardous conditions to a worker’s health. Below you will find guidance and recommendations to maintain good IAQ and help with preventative strategies to solve common IAQ problems. Commercial Indoor Air Quality is an urgent environmental risk to health, and employers should provide an environment free of pollutants or conditions. Furthermore, a licensed medical professional should be advised of any immediate health issues that occur along due to poor IAQ.
Common Pollutant Sources Include:
- Bacteria, viruses, fungi, dust mites, pollen, animal dander in excessive amounts which usually form due to poor maintenance and housekeeping, flooding, inadequate humidity control, condensation or water spills can involve biological sources.
- Chemical pollutants can occur from different gases or vapors such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen dioxide, (products from combustion) that are accidentally spilled during construction activities from adhesives and paints. Products used to clean office equipment; furniture, wall and floor coverings, pesticides and all other consumer cleaning products can be causes of chemical pollutants.
- Particles include solid or liquid substances that are emitted into the air in the form of dust, dirt or other substances that are drawn inside the building from outside. Construction, drywall applications, printing and copying, construction and operational equipment can also be causes.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be kept inside your building at all times and checked periodically and kept up to date. Always have a professional inspect appliances and furnaces throughout the year. Employees and building owners should use products according to manufacturer’s directions and guidelines. Plenty of fresh air should be provided during the implementation of any products. Containers should be disposed of in designated areas and correct quantities of these products should be used.
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Steps To Improve Indoor Air Quality:
- Maintain a healthy relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.
- All maintenance of the ventilation system, operation or design should be conducted by licensed and trained contractors.
- Office furniture and equipment should be placed in locations based on adequate air circulation, temperature control and pollutant removal functions of the HVAC system.
- Avoid and prevent the use of products or procedures that can cause IAQ issues.
- Purchasing decisions should be made with consideration of IAQ concerns.
- Work with building management and contractors before any remodeling or renovation to ensure ways of minimizing building occupant-exposure and to ensure air-distribution system is not disrupted.
- Encourage building management and staff to incorporate a preventive IAQ program following instructional guidelines from the EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
What Workers Can Do:
- Air vents and grilles should be left vacant and not blocked.
- Properly water and care for any office plants to prevent mold fixations.
- All food should be stored properly in designated areas.
- Any products that can be harmful or damaging to Indoor Air Quality should be kept away from the building along with odorous materials.
- In the event of any IAQ problems or hazards, notify the building or facility manager immediately.
Waychoff’s Air Conditioning is more than just an HVAC business. We value your health as well and want to make sure that you are getting the best deal in the Jacksonville area. We want to make sure customers are not suffering from poor indoor air quality that can contribute to infections, lung cancer and many other respiratory illnesses. Call us today at (904) 674-6814 and find out about any additional information or questions that we can answer.