Unknowingly you may be experiencing health and comfort issues indoors even though you have no identified illness or the cause of your discomfort is not understood. Also your discomfort may appear to directly relate to the time spent indoors within a building or a room.
Watch out for these symptoms which may relate to Indoor Air Pollution
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat
- Dry cough
- Dry, itchy skin
- Dizziness and nausea
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to odours
What causes Indoor Air Pollution?
- Inadequate ventilation. Over time, building ventilation standards have changed. This reduction in bringing fresh, outdoor air into buildings reduces air quality. This is believed to be an important factor in Indoor Air Pollution.
- Chemical contaminants from indoor sources. The build-up of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) within the building due to the breakdown of adhesives, carpeting, pesticides, wood products, and more can produce chronic and acute health effects in low to moderate concentrations.
- Chemical contaminants from outdoor sources. Pollutants that enter a building from vehicle exhaust, plumbing vents, and more through poorly located vents or nearby garages can further reduce air quality.
- Biological contaminants. Stagnant water, insects, animal droppings, and more can introduce bacteria, mould, pollen, and viruses into a building..
Can Indoor Air Pollution be proven and addressed?
- Building investigation. Building investigation identifies the sources of indoor air quality in order to rectify them. It typically consists of a walkthrough, a discussion of symptoms with occupants, an examination of the HVAC system, and the identification of possible pollutant pathways and contaminant sources.
- Air Sampling – Despite Another proven method to determine the indoor air pollution levels is through air sampling. Any sampling done should be part of a comprehensive analysis, not a standalone procedure.
Indoor Air Pollution solutions.
Indoor Air Pollution solutions usually includes a combination of:
- Pollutant source removal: The regular replacement of air filters, replacement of effected ceiling tiles and carpeting, designated smoking areas, proper venting solutions, the proper storage of paints, pesticides, and other materials, allowing time for building materials in remodelled areas to off-gas before occupancy, and more.
- Increased ventilation: Through the proper use of the HVAC system, installation of local and whole-building exhaust ventilation systems, and more.
- Education and communication: These are important in addressing existing problems and preventing future air quality issues from occurring.
Worried you or your employees may be suffering from sick building syndrome? Contact Fogiene Sciences today to learn more about ways to improve indoor air quality and the health and productivity of your employees. Fogiene has the expertise you need to get your business back on track.