For most of us, our working space is where we spend a large part of our lives. Many people are unaware of the fact that continuous exposure to indoor air pollution can be just as harmful as outdoor air pollution. In a closed space, harmful particles accumulate over time (from new furnishings, carpets, upholstery, paint, and aerosols) and trigger headaches, rashes, breathing difficulties and asthma. It can also affect your brain functioning and impact your overall productivity.
Here are some ways by which you can tackle the air pollution that exists in your office.
- Open your windows: A room with its windows closed all the time can lead to many problems. CO2 levels increase quickly in a room filled with people. They would begin to feel drowsy and lethargic in some time due to the high amounts of CO2 that they are breathing in. When you open a window air pollutants get flushed out from the circulation of fresh air entering the room. Although this may not be feasible in a fully air conditioned office, you can request your manager or supervisor to keep the windows open once in a while to allow for air circulation. As they say, in with the good and out with the bad.
- Air purifier: If you constantly feel suffocated the air quality may just be that bad. This happens more often for those with respiratory difficulties and allergies. Getting an air purifier is an option, albeit a costly one. If you are getting one, make sure it has a HEPA grade filter because it can filter up with 95% accuracy and capture almost every small particle.
- A touch of green: A much cheaper alternative to an air purifier is to get a small plant for your desk instead . Plants improve the air quality of your office making it a more pleasant environment to work in. Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Dracaena, Aglaonema and Devil’s Ivy are some common choices for an office space plant. It may not be an end-all solution, but they help upto a certain extent. They can absorb pollutants such as benzene, toluene, and particulate matter. They are also known to improve motivation levels, ambience, and reduce overall stress and fatigue.
- Keep a clean desk: We know how messy offices can get once work starts to pile up. The tiny particles can settle in between the spaces of paper which can make you sick, especially if you belong to the sensitive groups. Allergies, colds, repeated sneezing etc are some of the symptoms you can suffer. Keeping your desk space clean and clutter-free is a great way to avoid any dust build-up. You should make it a point to clean your desk once every week.
- And a clean office: Pollutant build-up is unavoidable in any case, so regular office cleaning is the best way to prevent it from affecting the health of everyone else at the office. You can also request the housekeeping team to use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. We tend to be more organised and productive when our environments are clean and uncluttered.
It may not be possible to do all of the things mentioned above but just one or two of them can help make a positive change in your workplace. Try it out, see if you notice a difference, because after all it’s important we take care of ourselves in order to live a healthier, more productive life. If you’re interested in learning about the air you breathe you can get our personal air quality monitor here right now.
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