Air Quality Explained

Background:
Air quality in work spaces can be vital for many organizations, whether it's to reduce the impact of industrial production or create a more accommodating work environment for staff members with respiratory health issues.

Air quality recording offers an index calculation that can help organizations assess the actual risk associated with their air quality readings.  In this algorithm, 1 is low risk and above 10 is highly risky.


Tool:
The Carbon and More air quality management tool allows you to record:
- Ozone and nitrogen present, in ppb;
- The location your air quality measurement was taken;
- Particulate present, in micrograms per cubic metre.


By logging the current air quality you measure in your various location, organizations can start evaluating the possible changes they could make to reduce air pollution or make the work environment more pleasing.

The air quality recording offers an index calculation that can help organizations assess more clearly the actual risk associated to the air quality: It is based on an algorithm where 1 is low risk and above 10 is very risky.


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Risk:Low (1-3)Moderate (4-6)High (7-10)Very high (above 10)


Guide:
Air quality has not only a direct impact on the environment as a whole, but on the health, well-being, and productivity of staff members.  Taking measures to reduce air pollution in an organization's space reduces the likelihood of asthma, bronchitis, and cardiovascular health issues in the people working there, and reduces the overall formation of smog.


Tips:
Encourage staff members to grow desk or decorative plants
- Indoor plants are a passive improver of air quality, producing oxygen and filtering the air in your work space.  An office greening project not only provides better air quality without equipment installation, but encourages staff to feel at home and take pride in their work space and creates a more welcoming environment.

Ensure horizontal vents are unobstructed
- Horizontal vents in window bays and office buildings make sure air flows evenly and freely throughout the work space.  Ensure they are not blocked by books or files.

Make sure office machines have sufficient ventilation
- Machines such as photocopiers and printers emit both heat and ozone, a toxic gas, into the air.  Ensure they're professionally installed, and located in a place where the ventilation is sufficient to remove the pollutants.
- Make sure office machinery, including the furnace, is maintained regularly and by a professional.

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