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
A clear understanding of the importance of workplace exposure limits, the COSHH regulations and the Health and Safety Executives EH40 is essential for all UK businesses and those responsible for workplace safety if they are to safeguard the health of their employees and maintain regulatory compliance in this important area of occupational hygiene.
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.
In this practical guide the indoor air quality specialists at WTS look at techniques for identifying and investigating sick building syndrome or SBS in offices and other workplace environments. The guide looks at what SBS is and what symptoms to look out for, key factors known to be associated with the syndrome, techniques for investigating SBS, and what steps can be taken to prevent it in the future.
It probably comes as no surprise that most of us in Western Europe and North America spend around 90% of our time inside, whether at home or work. The air we breathe inside our buildings can have a huge effect on our general health and wellbeing. You’ve probably read about the issues surrounding indoor air quality and the phenomenon of Sick Building Syndrome or SBS. This is where people working or living in a certain space find that they develop a range of symptoms such as a cough, headaches, dizziness or fatigue and those symptoms tend to disappear when they leave that environment.