Many people around the world spend a large part of their working life indoor at their workplace, making the quality of air inside the workplace extremely important.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) at the workplace is now a major worldwide concern to businesses, building managers, tenants, and employees because it can impact their health, comfort, well being, and productivity.
Poor IAQ or indoor air pollution (IAP) can make us seriously ill, leading to loss of work days, reduced productivity, unhappy workers, and at times it can even kill us.
Modern office buildings today are designed to be air tight and provide occupants a safe working environment but in many cases, due to over zealous energy efficiency and conservation measures taken by building owners and facility maintenance managers, actions taken have actually contributed significantly to the buildup of indoor air contaminants, leading to poor indoor air quality, resulting in indoor air pollution.
The impact of indoor air pollution or poor indoor air quality has undesired health effects of different types, ranging from sensory discomfort to severe health injuries and long term exposure can lead to cancer.
Occupants in buildings with IAP or have poor IAQ usually complain about the presence of strange odours, poor air circulation, high level of humidity making the air sticky and uncomfortable to work in, unable to concentrate, feeling tired, dizziness, and these symptoms often disappear when the occupant leaves the workplace.
Medical evidence of sicknesses clearly linking exposure to IAP are:
- Effects on the respiratory system (particularly with elderly and young children)
- Asthma and allergies (particularly due to microbial contamination)
- Irritation of the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose and throat (due to formaldehyde)
- Effects on female reproduction system & fetuses
- Headaches, dizziness & nausea
- Trouble concentrating, feeling fatigue and/or tiredness
- Effects on the cardiovascular and nervous system
- Effects on the liver, kidney and gastro-intestinal system
Over the last 10 years, the World Health Organization carried out more than 500 indoor air quality investigations throughout the world and found the primary sources of indoor air pollution problems usually are:
- Inadequate ventilation
- Microbial contamination
- Contamination from building materials and fabrics inside building
All of the above problems are tied to the air we breathe inside the building, which is in turn directly linked to the building’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system that controls the air we breathe.
Investigations have concluded it is usually either the HVAC system’s design failed to meet the need of the building or due to improper HVAC operation and maintenance.
The purpose of this webpage is to give workers and employers useful, up-to- date information to identify, correct, and prevent indoor air quality problems and offer performance proven solution to indoor air pollution.