Most people have jobs that require us to go into an office or business setting. We spend countless hours at work and we all hope that it is an enjoyable experience. However, when we go to work and begin to feel sluggish or ill while we are at work, that would mean something else is going on. Depending on the setting, you might actually be allergic to something in your office or your working environment.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has found that 1 in 5 people suffer from allergies or asthma. There could be a good chance that you are experiencing any sort of discomfort at work, there is a chance that others have as well. Everyone is entitled to a productive and healthy work environment. In order to achieve this for everyone, we need to be aware of these types of issues and find solutions where necessary. If you’re noticed itchy eyes and excessive sneezing, you may be battling workplace allergens.
We’ve come up with a few allergen sources that could be causing problems in the workplace:
Certain cleaning chemicals can cause people to have allergic reactions. If you, or a coworker, are experiencing allergic reactions and you’ve had past problems with cleaning products, you may want to consider looking into the products used to clean toilets, floors, and windows. If you want to find new ways to make your life better in the workplace, start by maintaining a clean healthy environment.
Carpeting and Upholstery
In order to make your office a more safe environment, call in a professional carpet cleaner. Carpets and upholstery in the office act as giant air filters and trap lots of invisible dust and bacteria in the fibers, making these prime candidates for the problem with the air we breathe in our workspace. One way to minimize this is through regular vacuuming, but you should also get these fabrics deep cleaned regularly to keep them effective at trapping and containing the particles in the air.
Depending on the amount of traffic and type of use that your carpets and upholstery receive, you should have them cleaned anywhere from twice a year to every few months, or even once a month. Utilizing a professional carpet or upholstery cleaning service will help the office stay productive and healthy. Don’t forget all the customers and visitors that are benefitting from that clean environment, as well!
Recently, Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process was found in an independent health study to remove on average about 98% of the common allergens from carpets and upholstery, and, when you use our Sanitizer treatment, you can get up to 89% of airborne bacteria removed. This not only makes your carpets and upholstery look and smell better, but it improves the air quality. Any employees or visitors suffering from allergies or asthma will thank you daily!
Air Filtration Systems
Those with asthma or airborne allergy symptoms understand just how important it is to have clean air filtration systems in a workplace. If your system isn’t effective, employees who work every day will suffer the greatest consequences. At the beginning of each allergy season, test your system and replace the filters. Keep circulating air as clean and fresh as possible to make a difference in the wellbeing of all who enter your office.
We know you work hard to keep your home healthy, but considering that most employees spend over a quarter of their week in the office, consider giving your office workspace a break by following these great practices to ensure common allergy culprits are dealt with. Call Old Dominion Chem-Dry for a healthier, more productive work environment all year-round.