Air Quality Monitoring in the Workplace

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Introduction

If the workplace is not safe from airborne substances, it would end up affecting the employees’ health. All industries are considered to contain many hazards. This includes falls, burns, accidents, etc. Besides these hazards, there is one more hazard that is often overlooked – Poor air quality.

There are some serious airborne hazardous substances that may cause adverse impacts on health, especially in closed indoor spaces. If you like to have your workers in a safe workplace and breathe safely, air monitoring is important.

What is workplace air monitoring?

Workplace air monitoring refers to identifying and monitoring airborne concentrations and the presence of hazardous substances in the breathing area. The workplace air monitoring measures the air-borne contaminants such as hazardous dust, vapors, gases, mists, fibers, fumes, nanoparticles, etc., and ensures they are within established occupational exposure limits.

What is the importance of workplace air monitoring?

More than 65% of global workforces spend significant work timings in indoor work environments, compared with outdoors. Hence, it becomes the responsibility of the employers to monitor the air quality and circulation and ensure the safety and health of workers.

As per EPA, the major air quality problems arise from poor indoor air. The following points will let you recognize the importance of workplace air monitoring.

  • Even small quantities of pollutants can leave direct effects and impacts on the productivity and comfort of employees.
  • The range of pollutants in the air can cause issues from minor comfort to serious health issues for workers including heart disease, stroke, asthma, and even damage to the central nervous system.
  • Researchers say that the pandemic, novel virus COVID-19 spreads rapidly through airborne particle droplets.
  • Long-term exposure to poor indoor air can increase the risk of dementia and early ‘aging’ of the brain.

When compared with other hazardous industrial substances, air quality often remains an underrated health concern. When you want to keep the workers protected from inhaling hazardous substances, monitoring airborne dust, contaminants, and gas in the workplace is essential.

Benefits of air monitoring in the workplace

Air monitoring helps in assessing whether exposures in the workplace are controlled within the necessary limits and staff are protected from inhaling hazardous substances affecting their health.

  • With air monitoring, you can evaluate the exposure of contaminants and implement measures to reduce such hazardous air contaminants.
  • Organizations can make sure that they are compliant with Workplace Exposure Limits and COSHH Regulations
  • Helps in evaluating potential health effects and determining the right PPEs

With air monitoring in the workplace and reducing contamination through the air, you can improve the health of employees and boost productivity.

Air Monitoring Service Consultant

Green World has extensive experience and great exposure in conducting independent assessment, expert advice & assistance, and monitoring of air quality, dust, emissions, and odor issues. Our vast expertise enables us to cater to varied client sectors. Our portfolio of services comprises baseline surveys, dispersion modeling, occupation air monitoring surveys, local air quality management, and monitoring complaint investigation, technical reporting, small & large scale continuous monitoring strategies, construction management, operational, and asset management.

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