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Amid the Covid Air War, are companies focusing on the Air security of their employees enough?

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It has been years since workplaces and offices have been offering Insurance, reimbursements and bonuses to their employees. And after witnessing the wrath of the Pandemic, employers have been focusing on improving health care insurance policies, but what about the Air Security within the office premises?
According to The Milbank Quarterly, most Americans receive health insurance coverage through their workplace. Almost all large firms offer a health insurance plan, and even though they face more significant barriers to providing range, so do the majority of the small firms.
Almost all Asian countries offer insurance policies that protect employees under state laws and provide medical care, death, disability, and rehabilitation benefits for workers who are injured or killed while on the job.

But are the companies doing anything to ensure their employee’s health inside the office?

Why is indoor air quality crucial for the employees?

There are many ways in which air quality can improve productivity. According to the U.S. Environmental protection agency(EPA), most Americans spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, and almost all of these spend most of their time in an office environment.
Let’s say about fifty employees are working in an office and are breathing in the same air. Indoor pollution occurs when a limited amount of fresh air is dispersed throughout the office work environment (tight building syndrome), the air is circulated at a paced rate within the workplace, and toxic air pollutants such as PM2.5, PM10 and VOCs are present in the office environment are circulated and inhaled by the employees, which causes serious lung damage in most of the reported cases. And not only pollutants.
The biggest threat, that is, viruses like Covid-19 double their capacity of spreading in such packed environments. No number of masks and no amount of sanitisers can lower the risk of getting infected in workplaces like the one described above.

Factors Contributing to Indoor Air Pollution in offices

Various factors contribute to indoor air pollution in offices. These include:-

● Harmful chemicals such as Ethylene acetate, Phenol and Methylene chloride are released into the air as paint fumes.
● Carbon Monoxide is given off by cigarette smoke.
● Carbon particles enter the office through improper ventilation.
● Ozone is emitted by copiers and scanners.
● Radiation is caused by building insulations.
● Personal care products that employees use release Isoprene and D5 in heavy amounts.

There are natural causes, too, such as humans exhaling carbon dioxide, which in small amounts is not harmful but may become hazardous in large quantities. The same goes for bacteria and microorganisms.

How are the employees suffering?

According to Communication Workers of America(CWA), “more than 500,000 members working in office environments are exposed to many health hazards. In coordination with the Union’s Occupational Safety and Health Department, local leaders and its members have identified many of these offices as hazardous and unhealthful materials.”
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) causes symptoms like headaches and fatigue. Many employees have complained of trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Also, some specific diseases have been linked to specific air pollutants or indoor environments, like asthma in humid indoor environments. In addition to it some exposures, such as Silica and asbestos, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.

Moreover, poor air quality can lead to increased transmission of viruses and no matter how many dedicated smoking areas the company promotes, non-smokers usually end up inhaling second-hand smoke. And, everyone is aware of the ill effects of breathing in smoke.

All of these lead to lower productivity and increased sick days in the office. Not only affecting the employees but the employers too. So why not take the necessary steps?

So what can be done to improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in workplaces?

● Proper Ventilation

Ventilation is extremely important in offices. Be it natural ventilation or mechanical ventilation using an HVAC system, it should be kept in mind while building the office.

● Installing Air purifiers or Air Security devices

Different air purifiers use various technologies to ensure the best air quality and absolute air security. These remove pollens, dust, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and pet hair and even some advanced ones help in absorbing any kind of unpleasant odour from varnishings and paint.

Moreover, poor air quality can lead to increased transmission of viruses and no matter how many dedicated smoking areas the company promotes, non-smokers usually end up inhaling second-hand smoke. And, everyone is aware of the ill effects of breathing in smoke.

Tenshield is one of the world’s most intelligent air security devices.
It eliminates 99.99% of the germs and bacteria in the environment and is extremely easy to use.
It comes in four variants. For smaller rooms, Tenshield Atom will be perfect but the one that is built as per the office needs is Tenshield Sky.

Why Tenshield Sky?

● It is designed for large spaces like offices, restaurants, gym arenas, board rooms etc.
● It has a range of 10000 cubic feet or above. (Huge, right!!)
● It can be mounted on any wall or side wall.
● Its sleek design makes your place more classy.

Whether you are an employee of any company or an employer. If you have made it to the end of this article you surely care about your colleagues or employees. So go ahead and buy Tenshield for your office now.

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