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:
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.