Is poor air quality costing your business time and money?


New campaign urges businesses to fit ventilation systems that comply with European guidelines

Concerns about air quality in the workplace have until now tended to focus on little more than complaints about dripping air conditioning units or funny smells coming from the communal fridge in the kitchen.

But now a new campaign is seeking to highlight the financial and health implications of poor indoor air quality, which can often be more harmful than outdoor pollution, according to experts.

The initiative, launched by the Campaign for Clean Air in London yesterday, argues that better indoor air quality (IAQ) can help businesses reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, while also improving the health and productivity of employees.

Simon Birkett, founder of the Campaign for Clean Air in London, said the best filtration systems can help businesses protect employees from 90 per cent of air pollutants for up to 90 per cent of the time.

Indoor air can become polluted by particulates that seep in from outside or from internal sources such as air condintioners, radiators, cigarette smoke and even scented candles.

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John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•  Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•  Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com

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