With the onset of fall to winter, changing weather conditions are imminent. Not even the office environment can escape allergens and health hazards to employees. Through proper cleaning efforts to reduce allergens and unhealthy airborne toxins, the workplace can provide a clean and healthy environment for everyone. Maintaining a clean work environment alleviates the health risks associated with weather change and the subsequence allergens. However, an allergen-free work environment can prove challenging even with a small staff. The process includes identifying the allergy triggers and understanding how to eradicate them from the workplace during the change of seasons. Our Portland facility services are designed to get your business in S.H.A.P.E.TM day in and day out. An acronym for “Safety, Health, Asset Preservation, Productivity, and Environment,” our first two dimensions will help keep out workplace sicknesses, and the other three will help maximize reliability
Identify Fall/Winter Allergens in the Workplace
Most winter allergies are caused by the same inhaled allergens of summer; however, winter can actually intensify those triggers, including: pet dander, mold and mildew, pollen in temperate climates and damp wood. Unless you work in a pet-friendly office, the first trigger would not necessarily be an allergen factor; however, pet-friendly offices are on the rise. Mold and mildew can still influence employee health with the temperature dropping outside, but the heater inside the office increases. Winter seasonal pollen allergies can also be a real nuisance to those who are sensitive. But not all symptoms that erupt at work are from allergies. Often they are a reaction to irritants and maintaining a clean work environment is paramount keeping employees healthy and production up.
Maintain a Clean Workplace & Productive Employees
Reduce employee absences by preparing for changing weather and the allergies that come with it with a clean workplace. Workplace allergens are more difficult to control because of location, ventilation systems, the amount of cleaning, temperature, humidity, and the materials that are required for the job. It is important to continue the rigorous office cleanliness efforts when the temperatures drop. Keep ventilation systems clean, de-clutter, and/or use an air purifier to improve indoor air quality as most employees will be staying inside the office rather than taking breaks outside. Additionally, air cleaners filter particles from the air, such as dust, pet dander, pollen, and other pollutants found during the winter months. This eliminates some of the major causes of allergy symptoms. Varsity Facility Services maintains a clean workplace environment for clients by eliminating waste and variation, as well as maximizing reliability by getting your facility in S.H.A.P.E.™. Being knowledgeable about weather change and the subsequence allergens and the relation to a clean work environment helps to reduce employee absences and increase productivity.