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Keep the Air Clean and Breathe Easy

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One of the best investments you can make as a business owner is providing a safe and healthy environment for you and your staff. Following specific guidelines set out by organizations such as OSHA ensure that you have the proper structure for your workplace safety.

One of the often overlooked measures that an employer can take is ensuring that a workplace has proper ventilation. Simply providing clean air for you and your staff to breathe can have a tremendous effect on the overall health in your workplace.

How could clean air be that important? How clean does air need to be to be healthy?

One in five Americans is affected by allergies, so if there are twenty employees in an office, on average four will be sniffling, with red eyes, migraines, a runny nose, and general malaise. If you've ever had an attack of pollen allergies, you'll know it's not a laughing matter. Headaches, running eyes, and sneezing make doing anything, let alone working, difficult.

In your workplace you might have carpeting or plywood, both of which contain formaldehyde, a chemical known to be a significant health risk. Air conditioning systems are natural breeding grounds for Legionnaires’ disease and mold. Smoke in the work place, either as part of the manufacturing process or as an outside source can be a constant irritant and carcinogen. Common air fresheners and incense are considered air pollution.

Consider the many factors that contribute to poor air quality in the home office: carpets and the plywood beneath them are big culprits. If you've recently painted a room, volatile organic compounds are released. Lead paint used in older homes can turn to dust and then enter the air.

A great place to start fighting air pollution in your workplace is at the OSHA website. If you work out of your home office, find an air cleaner guide from the Environmental Protection Agency. Many times they will recommend the use of an air purification system with a HEPA filter. A HEPA air purifier review page is a good place to start finding equipment that fits your budget and needs

Breathe easy, and work smarter!