Making sure the air quality in your workplace is not only healthy and safe, but clean and optimal, can have positive impacts on staff mood, focus, and productivity.
It turns out that nature has some of the best air filtering and improving solutions on her own. Plants not only produce oxygen, but they absorb toxins and can help dampen sound vibrations as well. Some plants that are excellent for air quality include:
- Aloe Vera
- Gerbera Daisy
- Snake Plant
- eace Lilly
- Spider Plant
Certain plants are also used in FengShui and other holistic practices to create positive emotions and remove negative ones. Cactus is said to remove feelings of bitterness, Orchids relieve stress, and Basil calms nerves. Studies have shown that seeing the color green makes the viewer feel calm, and promotes positive emotions. It is also a scientific fact that better levels of oxygen improve concentration, stamina, and mental alertness.
Air ducts and systems within the building should be kept clean, unobstructed, and be inspected periodically. Fresh air from outside is always best, so if you have the opportunity to open a few windows, go for it. Air purifiers can also be used to help filter out allergens, and dehumidifiers should be used to keep the air humidity down to at least 50 percent. Do not allow smoking in the building, and keep dust at bay.
If you want to know what standard of atmosphere you are working with, you can have an air quality inspection done to identify any specific risks your location is facing. Even if it doesn’t generate in your building itself, you and your employees might be at risk of contamination by a nearby manufacturing plant and its toxic fumes. It may be a good idea to have fixed gas detection systems in place.
If your business operations have potentially dangerous gasses as a byproduct of production, having a gas leakage detection system is a must. For all other businesses, a carbon monoxide detector should be adequate. If you have any concerns about potential toxins in the air, have an air quality inspection conducted so you can address any concerns.
Dispose of all chemicals and other noxious materials quickly and properly, and clean spills immediately to prevent fumes and humidity from peaking. Be aware of cleaning products that can release harmful toxins into the air, and opt for healthier, natural cleansers whenever possible.
From buying plants, to installing a gas leakage detection system, to opening a few windows and letting the breeze in, there are some easy and essential ways you can improve the air quality in the workplace so everyone can breathe a little easier.