The Lingering Effects of Dust in the Workplace
July 17, 2017
Many people overlook dust in the grand scheme of cleaning. Many people can overlook dust easily, because they don’t view it as a threat or hazard. Dust appears to be innocuous, but dust in the workplace can greatly affect employee health over time.
Why Is Dust in the Workplace a Problem?
Dust is a common contributor to many diseases. It affects the air quality in your office and can lead to sick building syndrome. It is easy to assume the air indoors is clean and better for you then polluted outdoor air. In reality, dust and other fumes can accumulate in your office, making the area polluted. Common diseases relating to dust include asthma, chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumoconiosis.
How to Remove or Reduce Dust from in Workplace:
It is important to eliminate dust from the office to avoid employee health problems. Here are a few ways to do so.
- Hire Professionals
You may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service if your office is large, experiences a lot of foot traffic, or has on-going construction. A cleaning service will be diligent about dust and clean all the hard-to-reach areas on a regular basis.
- In-House Cleaning Schedule
Smaller offices implement an in-house cleaning schedule. Employers assign employees to clean certain areas of the office on a rotating basis. This gets everyone involved and can ensure the dust doesn’t go unnoticed.
- Combination Cleaning
A combination of cleaning services and in-house initiatives can work for a variety of office sizes. A cleaning service once or twice a month can come and do a thorough clean on the office. The periods in-between their services can be maintained by employee cleaning schedules.
- Proper Ventilation
Proper ventilation is the best way to keep the air in your office clean. Make sure office furniture and supplies are not blocking any of the ventilation points. Avoid using products that can contribute to air quality issues. Coordinate with building management if your office is experiencing increased dust or ventilation issues.
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