Office workplaces can be subject to various workplace illnesses, from headaches and respiratory illnesses due to poor air quality to the cold and flu. Ultimately, illness results in more sick days and overall reduced office productivity.
A large percentage of workplace illnesses can actually be prevented with the following tips, thereby keeping productivity and employee well-being high.
Focus on Promoting Good Air Quality
Poor air quality is linked to a number of health concerns, from allergies to headaches to respiratory illnesses (even in healthy individuals). Studies have also shown that poor air quality is linked to cognitive deficits and reduced productivity.
Above all, proper ventilation is key to good air quality. This means that your HVAC system should be cleaned periodically and that the filter should be changed (typically twice a year). This prevents a buildup of dust and other debris from being circulated out into the air again. A well-maintained HVAC system will also ensure that the system is as energy efficient as possible, thus preventing spikes in your energy bill. Air vents should also be cleaned periodically with water and soap.
Regularly changing the filters on your cleaning equipment is also important to ensure that your cleaning equipment is as effective as possible.
Offices can also consider periodic maintenance of their HVAC system, especially during the months of the year that the system gets a lot of use.
Invest in HEPA Filters
HEPA filters, which you can get from an industrial filter manufacturing company, are the most powerful type of filter as it’s the one filter that is capable of eliminating 99.97% of contaminants, including both dust and germs. Choosing HEPA filters for your HVAC system, cleaning equipment and air purifier (if your office has one) will result in cleaner air and therefore reduce workplace illnesses caused by poor air quality.
Routinely Disinfect Common Areas
To minimize the spread of germs, cleaning staff should routinely disinfect areas of the office that are frequently touched, like computer keyboards, telephones, doorknobs, countertops, water fountain handles, microwave handles and so on.
Employees should take responsibility for their health as well. Good personal hygiene (e.g., washing your hands with soap often), avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth and ensuring that you get enough sleep every night are key to keeping the cold and flu at bay.
Here are some additional tips on how to keep stale air, bacteria and dirt out of the office.
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