You wouldn’t serve your staff a drink full of contaminants. But do you know what’s in the air they breathe at work?
Hi there – welcome to the office. Would you like a glass of dirty water? Aged 12 years in a defunct cooler, it has a yellowish-brown tint, with clumps of chocolaty mud and notes of acid. Of course you wouldn’t – here’s a glass of bubbly spring water instead.
No one would serve their staff a glass of dirty water, filled with harmful contaminants. Nor would anyone be delighted to receive one. So why would they be happy to enter a workplace with similarly harmful dirty air?
Accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, indoor air quality is becoming a concern in workplaces all over the world. Common questions people ask themselves when entering a busy building of any kind are:
- What’s the chance of catching Covid-19?
- Is the building stuffy?
- Is it too hot or too cold?
- Will it trigger my allergies or give me a headache/migraine?
- Is there mould growing behind the furniture?
Note how just one of the above relates to viral transmission. That’s because there are many other aspects to poor air quality which can adversely impact human health, and people are waking up to this fact – particularly millennials in workplaces.
At a recent employee wellbeing congress in the UK, we asked a delegate whether he and his peers expected employers to ensure that air in workplaces was clean and safe to breathe. It’s not about expectations, he said, it should be a requirement.
- Elevated CO2 levels indicate poor ventilation and consequently high viral transmissibility. High CO2 levels can also cause building occupants to feel drowsy and impact productivity.
- Tiny bits of Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) in the air can damage the respiratory system, causing illness and absenteeism. The WHO in 2018 reported a link between high levels of PM 2.5 and lung cancer.
- Toxic Volatile Organic Compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Buildings can experience a spike in VOCs after refurbishment or other activity.
- Humidity can make building occupants feel uncomfortable and impact productivity. It has also been linked to viral transmission, and the growth of mould and fungi in buildings.
- Temperature can be a source of tension in the workplace, and while this one’s more for the health of the planet rather than people, it’s proven that high or low temperatures can indicate energy waste resulting from poor heating control.
Now while these airborne contaminants are proven to damage human health, unlike the filthy glass of water described above, you cannot see them in the air you’re breathing.
The good news is, the tech is here to help you understand what’s in the air you breath at work, and more importantly, to provide employers with actionable insights to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
ZiggyTec’s smart sensors monitor the quality of air in workplaces, measuring these five key parameters and helping you to keep them at a safe level.
The discrete, high-quality and fully certified sensors are placed at optimum locations around the workplace, and the data is sent to the cloud via innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
The sensors are battery operated, and the fact they run off the IOT network means no cables or WiFi connections are required.
All hardware, communications and installation costs are covered. Installation can be completed for a 100-sensor building in a day, your reports are accessible within 24 hours and you have ongoing access to our dedicated client support team.
Clients can access this data through reports tailored to their requirements – some require access to information in real-time, while others use monthly reports to measure, monitor and mitigate against air quality issues, keeping employees safe and ensuring peace of mind.
The benefits of indoor air quality monitoring extend beyond this purpose too. Many clients use the intelligence provided by our reports to optimise their use of energy-sapping ventilation systems, reducing emissions in a data-driven way.
Or to optimise their heating and cooling systems, to the same effect. Others use the service to gain sustainability accreditation, such as RESET Air.
Harmful toxins matter
There was a time when we could see at least some of the filth in the air we breathed in the workplace – back in the days when people could light up at will. If someone were to light up in the office today, you’d be horrified – you’d probably call the police.
But just because you can’t see the other harmful toxins in the air today, doesn’t mean they don’t matter to your and your employees’ health.
Give ZiggyTec a call today, to find out how we can help you monitor your indoor air quality and ensure that the air your staff breathe in is as clean and healthy as the water in your coolers.