There are many workplace pollutants called asthmagens that can irritate airways causing inflammation and sensitivity. Asthmagens are substances that can lead to asthma and are materials such as aerosol sprays, dust, cleaning fluids and solutions for treating metals. They can greatly affect people who already suffer from asthma and can lead to more severe symptoms.
Other substances that can increase air pollution in the workplace include fumes from metal work, asbestos and dust from stonework. Silica dust is particularly harmful and can come from masonry products. Welding is also a common cause of toxins as it releases a fine dust like matter along with harmful gases.
Office Air Pollution
Office environments are not exempt from air pollution that may affect the health of your employees. Breathing conditions can be triggered by perfumes and other sprays that are often worn by employees. Its important that your staff are aware of certain products that may adversely impact the health of their colleagues.
The spread of dust particles in an office must be considered when creating a safe working environment for your employees. Dust can circulate the premises and can be inhaled which irritates airways. This can worsen respiratory conditions and may encourage the spread of infections due to increased coughing and sneezing. It is important as a duty holder to ensure regular cleaning of facilities as well as the installation of air management systems such as air conditioning and air filtration solutions.
What are your rights?
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that they are consistently reviewing and managing the risks to their employees. All workplaces should have systems in place that filter and circulate clean air reducing respiratory problems.
All premises should be compliant with health and safety regulations and organisations should regularly assess the effectiveness of their solutions. They should be able to identify substances that could cause harm and implement procedures to reduce their impact.
How can Worksmart Contracts help?
Worksmart Contracts are here to assist with employee wellbeing in the workplace. We have experience in a number of industries and have the capabilities to provide solutions for a number of locations from offices, warehouses and factories to government buildings, healthcare settings and education facilities.
Our team are highly trained in the quality installation and servicing of a number of products such as air conditioning systems and HEPA filters to ensure the constant circulation of clean air throughout the working environment. We work closely with you and your various project teams to come up with a solution that is best suited to the nature of your business. We recognize the importance of a safe working environment which will encourage greater productivity.
We would be delighted to discuss how we can assist you further. Please get in touch through our ‘Contact Us’ page and a member of our team will be in touch.