Since the majority of people spend their time indoors, indoor air quality truly is a crucial health and safety concern. Poor indoor quality can immediately result in irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Other health issues may show years after long term exposure to poor indoor air quality including respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer.
In commercial buildings, schools, or healthcare facilities, poor indoor quality can result in Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). A substantial percentage of building occupants experience acute negative physical, and mental effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a contaminated area, where the cause cannot be identified. Bad indoor air quality can negatively affect an individual’s ability to perform effectively and properly.
What are the symptoms linked to poor indoor air quality?
When people report one or more of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing and sneezing
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Allergic episodes & watery eyes. Especially if allergy symptoms persist past hay fever season, itching, sneezing and irritation can be the signs that your body is reacting to contaminants in your indoor environment.
IAQ can also cause serious issues in the area, including:
1. Mould Growth & Mould Contamination
Significant mould contamination can occur in indoor environments following a one-off event for example water damage, insufficient humidity control, or flawed hygiene maintenance practices. Where conditions are favourable mould contamination, can quickly spread from primary contaminated areas to secondary uncontaminated areas.
High humidity in a building can lead to moisture that can result in mould, while low humidity can dry your skin. If you notice high or low humidity in your building, your air conditioning system may be struggling, you should seek advice from an expert to solve this problem.
3. Excess dust
The presence of excess dust in your office means an increase in particles and contaminants. Excess dust could signal that your office space or building is contaminated.
Follow these tips to remove and prevent mould.
What to do to improve Indoor Air Quality?
To reduce or prevent bad indoor air quality, you need to devise a plan that aims at addressing, preventing, and ultimately removal of possible indoor air quality contaminants from the workspace. A good starting point is to get the buildings inspected by professionals to determine, if there are any air quality issues in the building, this procedure should be carried out every twelve months. You will need to have a plan that includes routine, timely IAQ testing in order to ensure that you maintain safe indoor air quality levels.
With over 20 years of experience and proven strategies, Opira’s qualified scientists can conduct comprehensive IAQ and air quality testing assessments. Opira has an in-depth understanding of Australian standards and international best practices, for State, Federal, BCA requirements, related regulations. Opira can provide a compliant assessment and risk management approach to managing indoor environmental quality for the health of all building occupants.
Our air quality testing and IAQ assessments are available across Brisbane and regional Queensland, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. Contact us now to discuss more in-detail about your mould or indoor air report auditing and testing.