Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
November 25, 2020 at 04:25 AM EST
SOURCE: Antea GroupDESCRIPTION:
While most office-workers have been working from home for much of this year, there is a slow but growing trend towards opening office spaces for limited numbers of employees to gather and collaborate. Employers recognize the value of in-person meetings for building stronger teams and sparking innovation. Of course, going into the office during a pandemic is quite different. We now know that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced through talking and breathing. While indoor air quality (IAQ) in offices was always important, it is now at the forefront of many government COVID-19 requirements and recommendations for offices.
Compounding the COVID-19 IAQ issues are the many wildfires that are also impacting indoor air quality. At the same time, many of us are starting to spend more time indoors with winter weather in northern regions and indoor holiday gatherings. At our October 2020 virtual EHSxTech meeting, 20+ EHS professionals from leading technology companies discussed the basics of IAQ and COVID-19-specific aspects for safely opening offices. We were joined by the Global Health and Safety Manager from a well known multinational tech company to discuss the importance of this topic. As a bonus, Theresa McCollom, CIH and aerosol subject matter expert from Antea Group, educated our group on some of the false advertising claims being put forth by manufacturers to sell home air purifiers during this time of COVID-19.
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