After 18 months of working from home, life is slowly getting back to normal. A big change for companies and employees, and for society. At the same time, numbers are indicating a fourth wave in the corona pandemic. In addition, school-start flus are surging at unprecedented levels due to lowered tolerance against common viruses. Therefore, it is important to plan for a safe return to the workplace.
Coronavirus and many other viruses are transmitted through aerosols that can stay airborne for hours and fill an entire room. It is therefore important to ensure good air quality in the workplace. The ventilation system only adds oxygen and increases the air circulation, it does not clean the indoor air from pollutants such as viruses, bacteria, pollen, allergens, chemicals, and combustion particles that accumulate indoors. Indoor air is often up to 50 times more polluted than outdoor air, and poor air quality is a major contributor to several serious diseases such as allergies, asthma, lung cancer and different cardiovascular diseases.
The workplace environment is the employer’s responsibility
A safe and healthy working environment with good indoor air quality is the responsibility of employer. Considering the current situation, it is appropriate to make a risk assessment of the work environment. This includes evaluating air quality.
Here are our top tips how to create a safe workplace
1. Analyze your premises
Make a risk assessment and analyze the air in the workplace. How many people stay in the room, what activities takes place, what does the ventilation system look like, what sources of pollution are there. How many and what type of particles and gases are in the air?
2. Keep distance
Spreading out in the premises and keeping the number of people at meetings down are simple measures to maintain good air quality and create security for each employee.
3. Ventilate properly
Each workplace should have a ventilation system adapted to the specific needs of the workplace. It should be switched on two hours before the start of the working day and switched off no earlier than two hours after the last person has left the building. If ventilation system is missing or is insufficient, this should be remedied.
4. Clean the air with air cleaners
Freestanding air cleaners capture the smallest and most hazardous particles and increase the air circulation. Choose a solution that doesn’t spread unfiltered air, is tailored for the specific needs with the appropriate technology, the right filters, sufficient capacity, and positioned correctly in the room.
5. Plan long-term
Get professional help to find long-term solution.
Invest in the health of your employees
The benefits of investing in air quality are many - first and foremost, you ensure the health of the staff, reduce sick leave, and increase productivity. By showing that you as an employer prioritize the work environment, you can also increase security among employees and the willingness to reside at the workplace. Depending on your business, the indoor air can also have an impact on the attractiveness of customers and visitors, affect the durability of products and the efficiency of various processes.
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