Posted on 03 July 2012
It’s that dreaded moment: your coworker comes into the office sniffling and coughing. Then she sneezes and touches the copy machine that the rest of the office also has to use. During cold and flu season, your workplace can become a breeding ground for germs whose only mission is to get you sick. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of ways you can prevent yourself from catching the bug. What’s even better is there are all-natural and easy ways to keep you healthy throughout the cold and flu season. Read the full story
Posted on 09 July 2009
The air you breathe is hazardous to your health. It’s a sobering thought, but it’s one we’ve gotten accustomed to over the years, doing the best we can to cut down on smog and stop using ozone-harming chemicals. But while most people are aware of the health dangers of outdoor air pollution, you may not realize that air pollution in homes, offices, and schools also can have significant health effects. Read the full story
Posted on 09 June 2009
As you probably know by now, it’s often the simple things that make your business more cost-effective and eco-friendly. You’ve already turned off your office’s light bulbs, rid the building of printers, and purchased new toilet paper. You’ve even “greenified” your trash. So you’re saving all the money you possibly can, right? Read the full story
Posted on 02 December 2008
The quality of air inside our homes or offices is prone to pollution. Indoor air pollutants include chemicals used in furniture, cleaning supplies and personal care, asbestos in insulation material, microbial pollutants such as mold, pet dander and plant pollen. Carpets, drapes and other fabrics absorb some of these pollutants. Poor ventilation or improper circulation of outside air promotes microbial growth.
Some immediate effects of indoor air pollution are irritation of eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Indoor air pollutants may trigger symptoms of certain diseases such as asthma, hypersensitivity, pneumonitis, and humidifier fever.
After several years of exposure to indoor air pollutants some health effects can occur such as respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and cancer.
Indoor Air Quality Facts
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is about 2 to 10 times more hazardous than outdoor air.
- One report cited by EPA says up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may prompt excessive complaints related to lousy indoor air quality.
- As per EPA estimation, over 1.4 million buildings in the United States suffer from indoor air pollution.
- As per the EPA, one out of four new or renovated indoor buildings in the U.S. may be classified as “sick buildings.”
- The cost of improving office climate saves 8 to 17 times more than the costs of making those improvements.