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Managing Indoor Air Quality

 

Americans spend 87% of their time indoors, with 18% of that time spent at work, out to eat, or in other indoor locations (malls, theaters, sports arenas).  The remaining percent is spent in a residence.1    With so much of our time spent inside, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has become an important focus for the health and well-being of the population.  The Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health developed Building Air Quality, A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers as a way to help identify and resolve indoor air quality issues in public and commercial buildings.  This  document is available for download at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/building-air-quality-guide-guide-building-owners-and-facility-managers

 

The Building Air Quality Action Plan is also available for download at the above web address, and outlines specific activities that building owners and facility managers can undertake to determine the current IAQ conditions in your building as well as the development of an Action Plan to change the IAQ for the better.  It emphasizes changing how a building is operated and maintained without increasing the amount of work or cost of maintaining the building. 

 

There is a direct link to indoor air quality and worker productivity2, so improving the IAQ of your building will result in more productive, healthy, and happy workers.

 

 

Additional References:

  1. https://www.buildinggreen.com/blog/we-spend-90-our-time-indoors-says-who
  2. https://www.triplepundit.com/story/2017/poor-indoor-air-quality-linked-low-worker-productivity/19396

Image 1 https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/building-air-quality-guide-guide-building-owners-and-facility-managers

Image 2 https://www.cleanfreak.com/blog/improve-indoor-air-quality/

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