October 13, 2016
Allergies can make workers and customers miserable at your office, reducing productivity and lowering office morale. These can be seasonal or animal in nature. Fortunately, allergens are a manageable problem, and business owners and office managers can take steps to minimize this annoyance. Here are three tips to help you reduce the allergens in your office and help your employees who suffer them.
Proper Air Filtration Reduces Allergies
The filters in your HVAC system are the first line of defense against allergens in your office. These are responsible for catching most of the allergens that may be circulating. Investing in high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters for your air conditioning system can make a world of difference for your employees and customers. Regular replacement and maintenance can ensure these filters work efficiently and effectively.
Help Your Employees
If you are doing everything you can to reduce the allergens in your office, but your employees continue to suffer, you may need to directly help your staff. Encourage them to get an allergy test from their doctor to find out the cause of their allergies. A person might be allergic to something as simple as cat hairs attached to a coworker’s clothes. If an employee has a private office, it might be worth investing in a small, personal air filter to keep him or her happy.
Have Your Carpet Cleaned Regularly
One might think the most common place for allergens would be the air in your office, but the carpet actually might be the culprit. If you are already filtering the air in your office, but the people inside continue to sneeze, it may be a sign you need to have your carpet cleaned more often.
Carpets can collect allergen particles and release them in a burst each time someone steps on them. Frequent professional cleaning can prevent this buildup.
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