Improving Air Quality?
Improving the indoor air quality offers a wide range of benefits. For warehouses, these benefits include the following:
Poor indoor air quality and the presence of moisture can encourage the growth of bacteria and mould. Toxic mould can also find breeding places in walls, furniture and other areas within a warehouse. If not treated in time, it not only contaminates the air but also causes harm to the affected areas and structures. This leads to higher maintenance and repair costs. When air quality and moisture are maintained at an optimal level, this discourages the growth of mould and prevents the onset of the extra maintenance costs.
The air we breathe has a direct effect on our physical and mental well-being. It can make us alert or lazy, depending on the quality of air we breathe. A number of studies show that the quality of indoor air is directly related to the performance and productivity of the workers.
The presence of pollutants and contaminants in the indoor air at a warehouse, for instance, may make workers lazy, cause them to cough and be irritated more often, and impact their performance. Over long-term, it can also create chronic problems such as itchiness. These may seem like minor health problems but they can have a real impact on the productivity of the workers. They can also lead to more accidents in the workplace.
Clean and healthy air quality at a warehouse, on the other hand, helps workers maintain an alert mental state. Healthy air quality means less concentration of pollutants and a greater percentage of oxygen. More concentration of oxygen helps in better mental performance of the workers. They are able to perform tasks better, make decisions quicker, and process information more effectively. As a result, they are able to get more work done in less time and minimize the instance of workplace accidents.
Proper maintenance of facilities and the workplace environment is the responsibility of the warehouse owner or management. If there are lapses in maintenance, the responsible party may be held liable. The failure to check for the growth of mould, in time, may void any insurance policy that could cover the loss.
Similarly, the quality of the indoor air at a facility is the responsibility of the employer at a warehouse. Poor air quality can lead to various health hazards and risks. Workers may develop temporary or permanent health issues after breathing the unclean air day in, day out for years. When such health issues are identified and correlated with the warehouse air quality, workers may be entitled to seek damages from the employer. This exposes an employer to litigation and liability.
Timely maintenance of air quality and suitable measures for maintaining a healthy air not only help maintain good health of your workers, it also protects you against legal problems down the road.
Lower energy cost
When impurities exist in the indoor air, the HVAC system has to exert more to remove them. The air conditioning and heating also have to exert more, and you may need to schedule HVAC maintenance more frequently due to a greater risk of particle deposit in filters. On a yearly basis, this can significantly bump up the energy costs at a warehouse.
One of the benefits of good air quality is better energy efficiency. HVAC systems have to exert less to process, ventilate, cool, or heat cleaner air. They also have a lower instance of clogged filters when the concentration of airborne particles is lower. All of this can be achieved with strategies and measures listed above to improve quality.
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