Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
Why Indoor Air Quality Monitoring is important inside the Corporate Facilities?
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says that degraded Indoor Air Quality is one of the top 5 most urgent environmental risks to public health and focuses on importance of the Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
- CDC (Centers for Disease control & prevention) estimates that 90% time spent by Public is indoors & average working person spends 40 hrs a week in an office building
- WHO (World Health Organization) has prescribed 20 ug/m3 as limit of Particulate Matter as a norm of Indoor Air Quality but the average concentration found out is 375 ug/ m3 in India
- The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI) in recent study said 27.5% of under age five infant mortality in India is because of Indoor Air Pollution and one other study alerts that 80% of women in India are affected by Indoor air pollution.
- Work Settings, Operating in enclosed environment causes more indoor air contamination as compared to outdoor as the air is re-circulated inside and it becomes a necessity to have Indoor Air Quality Monitoring systems and processes in place.
What are the Causes of poor Indoor Air Quality? or,
Reasons to implement Indoor Air Quality Monitoring:
- Poorly maintained HVAC systems which are responsible for commonly found biological pollutants like bacteria, fungi & molds
- Air Tight infrastructure for the sake of Energy Efficiency
- Irritating invisible fumes from photo-copy machines, use of carbon-less papers, paints, rugs, draperies, wall paneling, infiltration of gases like vehicle exhausts (CO), industrial gases (H2S, NO2, SO2) & Particulate matter (PM2.5, PM10) through HVAC system & AHU’s
How poor Indoor Air Quality can affect your employees?
Continuous exposure to bad indoor air quality can result in ill-health and other problems like:
- Stuffy Nose, Dizziness, Dry Cough, Headache, Fever, Nausea, Skin Irritation, Itching & burning eyes, Fatigue, Chills, Respiratory Problems
- Elevated absenteeism
- Lowered work Performance
- Less productivity
An employee of a leading I.T. MNC had fallen ill because of poor Indoor Air Quality Monitoring, further inspection by the I.T. major resulted in implementing Indoor Air Quality Monitoring.
“I was glad when I started working for a leading I.T. brand which has marvelous infrastructure. After some weeks, I started suffering from Headache and heavy breathing and got Asthma. The reports showed Respiratory Tract Disorder due to inhaling impure air and due to this, the company implemented Indoor Air Quality Monitoring.“
Case: “Cost Benefits due to Indoor Air Quality Monitoring and Improvement”
William Fisk from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California was one of the early researchers to examine IAQ effects on health and productivity. In a recent article, he established a baseline for quantifying benefits from improved IAQ and demonstrated the economic impacts of increased productivity. He emphasized on having an indoor air quality monitoring system in place.
Analytic Results: His findings show that the improvements in IAQ can-
- Reduce SBS symptoms by 20 to 50 percent, with estimated savings of $10 to $100 billion each year
- Reduce asthma by 8 to 25 percent, with estimated savings of $1 to $4 billion each year
- Reduce other respiratory illnesses by 23 to 76 percent, with estimated savings of $6 to $14 billion each year
- Improve office worker productivity by 0.5 to 5 percent, with estimated savings of $20 to $200 billion each year
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Indoor Air Quality Monitoring is a very crucial preventive process as earlier mentioned that it affects the productivity of the employees. This is the biggest reason why top companies are hiring agencies and people for improving their Air Quality.