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The Types of Dangerous Gasses Found in Your Office
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Air pollution plays a significant role in fighting to maintain good indoor air quality. Because pollutants can come from anywhere, dangerous gasses start to get trapped inside the office. They can cause an unsafe work environment for your employees.

Today we'll be talking about the types of gasses that could be in your office. We'll also discuss how they can affect your employees.

What Is Air Pollution?

Air pollution develops from natural or artificial factors. Some common air pollutants are:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Exhaust fumes
  • Pollen
  • Building materials

Other pollutants, such as coughing and sneezing, can also contribute to air pollution. We come across all types of contaminants each day. When we're talking, touching objects, or opening doors, these pollutants can slowly make their way around the office, affecting air quality.

Different Dangerous Gasses

Some gasses, like petroleum, have a defining smell which makes it easier to figure out what gas it is. But, there are other dangerous gasses that you can't smell, which can be concerning for your employee's health.

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that develops from inefficient combustion from gas appliances. If CO levels start to rise in your office, your employees can become nauseous, develop headaches, and have impaired vision.

In the worst-case scenario, exposure to high CO levels for an extended period can be fatal. Have CO monitors installed around your office and maintain them regularly to avoid possible scares.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Carbon dioxide is a non-toxic gas that can still cause some discomfort for your employees. When there are many people in a confined space, ventilation will be affected.

Your employees might have difficulty breathing and begin to lose focus. Make sure that you adequately ventilate your office to help your employees remain productive.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds come from most chemicals that we're exposed to and can linger in the air for lengthy periods. However, the difference between VOCs and other gasses is they are detectable through smell.

Bathroom sprays, building materials, copy paper, and some adhesives are all VOCs. Exposure to VOCs can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation with your nose and eyes
  • Dizziness

As the name suggests, they are volatile, meaning that long-term contact with VOCs can cause liver and kidney damage. In some cases, they can cause cancer. Ensure that the use of VOCs is regularly maintained and updated in your offices' policies.

Better Air Quality Means More Productivity

It can be challenging defending against dangerous gasses because office spaces rely on equipment that can emit them. But, if you invest in your office space with the help of ATI, you'll create a cleaner working environment.

If this article has been helpful, why don't you contact us today? We can help you protect your employees and help them maintain their productivity.

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