Indoor air quality at the office or workplace can be a hot topic these days. It can not only affect the health of you and your colleagues and employees, but the productively and morale of everyone as well. Building materials, carpets, cleaning products, and poor ventilation can present air quality issues in the workplace environments. 

Air pollution is commonly thought of as an outdoor air problem, but numerous studies have shown that indoor air pollution is typically worse than outdoor pollution. This is true even in work places, where the presence of air pollutants can be anywhere from 2 to 5 times higher indoors.

Despite the many causes of poor indoor air quality, there are several simple and often low-cost steps that you can take to improve that air that you and your workforce breathe.  Each work environment is different. While large industrial factories will probably need to implement structures such as stainless steel ducting, this wouldn’t be necessary for smaller commercial buildings, who will need smaller scale ventilation systems. 

I’ve outlined a guide for getting started below :

  • No smoking should never be permitted indoors 
  • Place large doormats outside and inside at entrances. 
  • Clean regularly. 
  • Forgo air fresheners.
  • Ensure that your cleaning products aren’t adding to the problem. 
  • Clean up moisture and other spills immediately.
  • Keep some indoor plants. 
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector. 
  • Regularly maintain your HVAC and other building systems. 
  • Keep moisture levels somewhere in the range of 30 to 50% humidity. 
  • Apply sealants or similar sealants to pressed wood products.
  • Manage pests without pesticides.