Why is the flow of clean air to your workplace so important?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace regulations 1992 both require a “safe and clean working environment” which includes the air quality in your building, whether it’s a multi-level office building or a warehouse.

The effect of poor or inadequate air supply can and often does, lead to sick building syndrome (SBS).

The main symptoms associated with Sick Building Syndrome:

  • Dry or itchy skin or skin rash
  • Dry or itchy eyes, nose or throat
  • Headaches, lethargy, irritability, or poor concentration.
  • Stuffy or runny nose.

A study ‘Healthy returns? Absence and workplace health survey’ carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 2011 revealed that indoor air quality costs UK businesses billions of pounds per annum in sick days.

The research also found that:

  • Office air can be up to 20 times more polluted than outside air
  • 30% of employees suffer from Sick Building Syndrome
  • Allergies cause 64 million sick days a year, costing British businesses 6 billion pounds
  • 5.7 million employees could be potentially allergic to their office air 
  • Employees suffering from allergies are 40% less productive
  • 70% of sick days are due to minor conditions e.g. colds, flu or hay fever
  • Average annual cost for absent employees is £760

To reduce the number of sick days ensure there is good quality air within your office and ventilation system

How Bright Hygiene can help.

Our team of specialists will carry out a detailed survey of your site, which will enable us to deliver a comprehensive ductwork cleaning service ensuring the supply/extract ductwork system is thoroughly cleaned from the fresh air intake to air handling unit(s) all the way through to supply diffusers/extract grilles.

All work is undertaken in accordance with BESA TR19 guidelines and British Standards BS EN 15780.

If you would like a free survey of your air supply then please contact us.

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