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Checking Indoor Air Quality As Part of Janitorial Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Lancaster, PA janitorial cleaning by ServiceMaster Building Services makes sure that your air ducts are safe for you and your employees

ServiceMaster Building Services of Lancaster County is celebrating “Clean Air Month” this May by providing you valuable information about indoor air quality in your place of business. Janitorial cleaning in Lancaster, PA, is not just about making your facility look its best. More importantly, it’s about keeping you and your employees healthy. We’ve highlighted some frequently-asked questions concerning indoor air quality (IAQ) from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). If you would like to review the entire article, click here, otherwise, please consider the facts below.

What is “indoor air quality”?

The phrase “Indoor air quality” (IAQ) describes how inside air can positively or negatively affect a person’s health, comfort, and ability to function at work. Variations in the quality of indoor air result from humidity, temperature, outside air and lack thereof, exposure to pollutants and chemicals, or mold from water damage.

What is considered good IAQ?

Good quality IAQ includes the following:

  • Comfortable temperature and humidity levels
  • Reasonable supply of fresh outdoor air, which varies by season
  • Control of pollutants from outside and inside of the building

What are some common causes of IAQ issues?

The most common causes of IAQ problems in business facilities are:

  • Poor maintenance of the HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning)
  • Improper HVAC ventilation, lack of outdoor air, or contaminated air circulating into the building
  • Moisture damage in the HVAC systems due to flooding, leaks, or high humidity
  • Remodeling or construction projects
  • Contaminated air either from indoor or outdoor sources

What are some indications that there is an IAQ problem in my workplace?

There are many physical indicators that may signal poor indoor air quality in your building. You may notice that the office is unusually hot and stuffy, and there may be unpleasant or musty odors present. Employees may begin noticing or complaining of headaches or exhaustion. More serious symptoms may include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure to poor IAQ has also been linked to respiratory illnesses such as asthma and pneumonia.

Since many of these symptoms can originate outside of work, it’s important to check with your employees about where and when their symptoms occur. You may need to ask them the following questions:

  • Do your symptoms go away when you get home?
  • Is there a certain location within the building where your symptoms seem to worsen?
  • Did the symptoms start during any type of building construction or renovation project?
  • Are there any other workers with similar complaints?

If you find that multiple employees are suffering from similar symptoms that are only appearing at work, be sure to get your indoor air quality tested by professionals immediately!

ServiceMaster Building Services of Lancaster County wants to make sure that you and your employees are in a clean and, more importantly, healthy work environment. We provide a variety of janitorial services in Lancaster, PA, including checking your indoor air quality. If we find you IAQ to be poor, we’ll be sure to take the necessary steps to thoroughly clean the HVAC ductwork system. Our team is certified and trained to use the highest quality equipment that is both effective and safe for staff members. We also provide janitorial services in York, Hanover, Ephrata, and Lititz. Breathe easy by allowing ServiceMaster Building Services to handle your janitorial needs today!

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