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June 05, 2018
4 ways to make your office healthier
Francesca Brady

Recent data suggests that office workers who spend long hours in enclosed spaces could be subject to numerous negative environmental elements. These working conditions can potentially impact on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing, which sometimes manifests into serious medical conditions.

To protect their team, employers can undertake proactive measures to ensure office buildings are optimised. Contrary to widespread belief, some of the most effective changes can be applied on a budget and without major disruption to normal workflow.

Let’s run through a shortlist of measures that can dramatically improve the working environment:


Improving the ventilation system

A continuous supply of fresh air is obviously necessary for teams to function normally and perform optimally. Clogged vents or dirty filters on the HVAC system can seriously compromise the quality of air, particularly in buildings occupied by large quantities of people. Regular maintenance of the ventilation system doesn’t seem like a game-changer, but failure to conduct it can have a negative impact on your team’s health.


Deploying air quality sensors

The only way to be certain about the composition of office air is to continuously measure it in real time and compare results with expected values. The technology needed to accomplish this is readily available and affordable, even to small and medium size companies.


Expanding the ban on smoking

Smoking can be a strong contributing factor to ‘Sick Building Syndrome’(SBS). SBS is a term used to describe office workers experiencing health issues that appear to be directly linked to the amount of time they spend in a particular building.  Typical symptoms include headaches, blocked nose, dry, itchy skin, rashes, tiredness and difficulty concentrating. Whilst most Companies already limit smoking to outside, buildings are rarely airtight and smoke often drifts back into the building. Displaying a 'No Smoking' sign on walls which lead to enclosed areas, and where air intakes are, will help keep toxins away from the office.


Positioning plants at strategic spots

There is a simple, natural solution that is too often overlooked. Making the office greener in the literal sense is a good way to elevate oxygen levels. Plants are capable of transforming CO2 into oxygen, but only if they receive enough light for photosynthesis to occur. That’s why positioning of the plants is equally important as their quantity – in many cases they fit best near office windows or in main halls where large numbers of people congregate.

With improved office policies and a modest technological upgrade, employers can significantly improve workplace conditions and reduce dangers from work-related illnesses. Learning more about Asset Mapping systems for integrated building management is a great first step towards making your office a healthier place for everyone who works there.



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