In this expert guide the air quality specialists at WTS consider the most common types of mould found in houses, offices and other workplaces, which ones can be dangerous and how they affect the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
Creating healthy work environments for people is becoming more important than ever. Not only does it make good business sense, but many of the essential factors required to create these healthy work spaces are also required under health and safety law.
In this practical guide the built environment specialists at WTS highlight a number of key environmental factors that can effect the health and well-being of people in the workplace including temperature and humidity, lighting, noise, and the presence of volatile organic compounds.
The guide concludes with a look at other issues that can be important in the creation of healthy workplaces including good cleaning and maintenance procedures, testing and performance monitoring, and the importance of good management systems and staff communication. Read more
The air quality specialists at WTS examine the impact of radon gas inside homes, in the workplace, and the potential health effects that can result from prolonged exposure.
The article explains what radon is, where it is found in the UK, what are considered safe limits, and the health effects of exposure. It then looks at how indoor air quality testing can be used to help identify the problem, and a number of practical measures that can be taken to make buildings safe from the harmful effects of radon gas. Read more
In this article the indoor air quality specialists at WTS take a look at mould and the health risks associated with its growth, damp problems and exposure to airborne spores, both in the home and the workplace.
We consider who is most at risk to the effects of exposure, typical symptoms and how it can affect your health. We then look at techniques to tackle typical root-causes of the problem, how to remove the mould itself and how specialist mould testing can help resolve the issues. Read more
The importance of fan coil unit maintenance together with regular ductwork cleaning cannot be stressed too highly when you consider that a failure to keep coils clean or simply replace air filters can increase operating costs by as much as 25%. That’s before you start to take in to account any reductions in heating or cooling performance, the inconvenience of increased breakdowns, higher reactive maintenance costs, and the impact on indoor air quality and the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
Managing formaldehyde’s impact on indoor air quality is important in both the workplace and at home. Research has shown that exposure to a number of volatile organic compounds including acetone, toluene and formaldehyde can affect the health and well-being of building occupants to varying degrees depending on several factors. This guide looks specifically at the use of formaldehyde within the built environment, common health concerns, and exposure levels both at work and in the home. It goes on to consider what practical steps can be taken to reduce its impact and the benefits of indoor air quality testing.
Developing a good indoor air quality plan that follows the BREEAM environmental assessment and rating system can help businesses manage their construction and refurbishment planning processes.
Following such a structured approach can help businesses create better, healthier workspaces for their staff and others through the careful selection and use of suitable building materials, appropriate heating and ventilation, and other equipment.
Reducing air pollution by improving environmental air quality in any big city can be a real challenge… but if done correctly it can also deliver significant health and environmental benefits. Here we take a look at the impact of environmental projects supported by the mayors air quality fund have had on air pollution in London, environmental air quality, environmental pollution and emissions, and the benefits to Londoners. We look at initiatives that have worked to raise awareness of air pollution issues, limit emissions and other measures taken to improve environmental and air quality in the UK’s capital.