The importance of healthy air in the modern workplace

24 Nov 2021

Keeping the air in your workplace clean and safe

Our laws around health and safety have, for many years, stated that employers must ensure there is an adequate supply of ventilation in enclosed areas of the workplace.


Clearly this has become even more important during the Covid19 pandemic.


You'll no doubt have seen the recent government adverts reminding us why it's safer to meet friends and relatives outdoors than inside your house and, even for those of us that aren't scientifically minded, it's relatively easy to grasp the concept that the higher the concentration of viral particles in the air, the higher the risk.


That's the simple reason that the risk of contracting Covid is lower outdoors - essentially the virus is being "diluted", similar to how concentrated squash is diluted in a a glass of water.


So - continue to meet outdoors until the government guidance tells us otherwise and, in the workplace, ensure indoor spaces are ventilated as well as they possibly can be.


This can be done through natural ventilation (windows, doors, vents etc) or through mechanical ventilation (fans, ducts, air conditioning units etc). However, these measures are often not practical - or possible, due to cost, installation or due to the workspace itself.


And, as any building or facilities manager would be able to testify, maintaining costs and energy usage around heating and ventilation can be extremely challenging - paying to both heat AND cool a building at the same time.


Which is why more facilities and building managers are looking towards an additional solution to the problem - Air Sterilisation.


Air Sterilisers help to reduce the spread of viral particles by neutralising all airborne pathogens through a combination of sterilisation and filters, destroying a huge range of airborne pollutants including bacteria, viruses and VOCs (Volatile organic compounds).


Larger units will effectively control the entire airflow in a room, drawing exhaled air down to the floor and then towards the intake of the unit.


The contaminated air is then filtered and sterilised, before being sent back into the breathing area of the room.


This creates a persistent, laminar airflow that is constantly pulling contaminated air away from the breathing area, and replacing it with clean, fresh air.


Smaller units can be installed in reception areas, waiting rooms and homes, providing the same protection for more compact areas, with the added benefits of low running costs, simple installation & maintenance and stylish & compact designs.


Overall, anyone that is responsible for a workspace - and the staff within that space, now has much more to consider when it comes to keeping that workplace safe than they did pre-Covid.


It's also made us ALL more aware of the quality of the air we breathe and the risks of working in enclosed spaces with inadequate ventilation so, as staff begin to return to offices this year, demand for safe, clean air will only get greater.


And Air Sterilisation can play a large part in helping to make that happen!

Phil McDaniel - ESS Covid Hygiene