IEQ @theOffice

Keep it fresh

Many of the chemical products most essential to the office can trigger worker allergies and sickness. As a best practice, take a few minutes to know where, when, and how these categories of product are being used:

  • Adhesives
  • Cleaners
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents

Look for the least caustic, volitile, and odiferous products in each category.

  • Are effective “green” options available?
  • Is a utility space or other isolated area available for working with the chemicals?
  • Can the materials be reserved for use outside of office hours?
  • Should protective gloves and face masks be provided?

Keep it dry

Where water once spilled or saturated, mold and fungi can quickly take hold.
To avoid the health risks, unsightly residue and odors of these micro-organisms:

  • Don’t wait to clean up liquid spills.
  • Dry any water-damaged materials within 24 hours.
  • Place drainage cups or trays beneath all office plants.
  • Is office humidity too high? If it’s uncomfortable, it also may be making a home for microorganisms.
  • Verify that the drain pans and water reservoirs of humidifiers, refrigerators, and ventilation equipment have open drains or other ways to empty out.

Keep it circulating

For better Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), be strategic when placing office copiers and printers.

  • Is ample ventilation provided?
  • Is a barrier required to block off noise or odors from printers, plotters, and copiers?
  • Does the equipment block off a vent or an air return?

Also, place office furniture and partitions with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the HVAC system in mind.

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Sarah Hamoui

Sarah Hamoui

Sustainability Specialist at ecoPreserve, LLC
LEED Green Associate, ENV SP ~~~ Sarah Hamoui documents Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) assessments and, along with project managers, assists in GOAA’s achievement of LEED certification. As she completes the Environmental Studies program at the University of Central Florida, Sarah exercises her dedication to the environment by participating in land surveys and removing invasive species as a volunteer at Tosohatchee WMA.

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