Indoor Air Quality can affect homes but the air quality in commercial buildings can also affect small and medium commercial buildings. Maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the most important aspects of facility maintenance because it directly affects the health, productivity and comfort of building occupants. Even modern, well-ventilated buildings can have poor indoor air quality. In fact, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization recognize “Sick Building Syndrome” and “Building-Related Illness” as serious conditions. When it comes to IAQ, prevention is a key factor. Leaky roofs, HVAC system malfunctions, improper cleaning and other facility maintenance issues can all affect the quality of indoor air. As an employee there are several steps to implement and help the air quality where you work according to OSHA:
- Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.
- Place office furniture equipment in locations based on the adequate air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the HVAC system.
- Coordinate with building management when responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.
- Avoid procedures and products that can cause IAQ problems.
- Integrate IAQ concerns into purchasing decisions.
- Use non chemical methods when possible.
- Work with building management and the contractor before starting to remodel or renovate to identify ways of minimizing building-occupant exposure, and to ensure that the air-distribution system is not disrupted.
- Encourage building management to develop a preventative IAQ management program.
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