Asthma, allergies and workplace environmental management with good cleaning practices.
For whatever reason, asthma and allergic issues are now the major issue in workplace health management. These terrible afflictions cause a lot of lost hours on the job and are hardly conducive to people doing their best work. Best practice for combating these problems is efficient modern office cleaning. The fact is that the average workplace contains a lot of materials which can set off allergic reactions and create respiratory issues, some of which may be serious if people are exposed to repeated attacks.
As a matter of fact, constant exposure to allergens can cause stress. A bad workplace environment can make even healthy people quite sick. A range of workplace-related issues like sinus and other conditions are also possible. It’s taken a while to positively identify the causes of these problems, but the main cause is an accumulation of irritants in the environment.
You may have noticed yourself that in some places the simple act of moving from one part of a building to another brings relief from that “stuffy” feeling created by dust-laden air. That’s because the human respiratory system reacts very quickly to the difference between good and bad air. For people suffering from asthma and allergies, the effects are much more extreme.
These conditions can relate to serious medical conditions, and there’s no hypochondria involved. Some allergens, like fungal spores, can be quite toxic chemically. These toxins, called mycotoxins, can cause a bewildering range of symptoms, including nausea, diarrhea and other unpleasant effects as well as serious allergic reactions. Even office workstations can be accumulators of these potentially dangerous pathogens.
Note: If you’re noticing a sudden increase in absenteeism related to a combination of allergenic conditions and/or the symptoms described above, you’re advised to check out the air in the area on principle. It may be that an old carpet or contaminated area is causing the problems.
Best practice for office health- Good commercial cleaning
In the past, asthma was a relatively rare condition. Now, it’s commonplace, and new commercial cleaning methods are proving the point unequivocally regarding the importance of office hygiene. The fact is that the new office cleaning methods and equipment are virtually totally new technology.
The new nano filters on commercial vacuum cleaners alone are able to drastically improve cleaning of office space. New deep cleaning methods can reduce the effect of accumulation of materials in carpets dramatically. Carpet restoration also makes the carpets less vulnerable to damage, which allows sediments, pollen and pathogens to build up in them.
Typically a best practice cleaning program is essentially a layered approach, combining :
- Daily cleaning with modern equipment
- The “prevent and repair” process of seasonal or scheduled full-spectrum cleaning
- Prompt reaction to any cleaning issues on site to prevent contamination and buildup of chemical or organic toxins in the building.
- A consultative process for managing bad areas like old storerooms, etc.
Commercial cleaners are perhaps unique as the only commercial contractors that save their clients more than they cost in lost work time alone. A good commercial cleaning company can literally turn around a workplace from a “hospital with desks” to a normal healthy environment.
A good, healthy workplace cuts absenteeism and improves staff morale. If your workplace is having problems regarding asthma, respiratory problems and related issues, you can put an end to those problems, forever. Call a professional cleaning company and see what they can do for you.
Author Bio: Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including office cleaning.