Clean indoor air is good for business

It may have taken a global pandemic to shed light on the dangers of indoor air pollution and the role it plays in the spread of airborne viruses, but the truth is that the quality of the indoor air in our homes, businesses, and public spaces has been in crisis for decades, and we continue to face air quality challenges in our spaces for which there is no vaccine.


Poor indoor air quality is risky business


Employees spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, exposed to harmful indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, ethylene glycol, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and carbon monoxide (CO) fumes. Common indoor air pollutants and allergens can reduce an employee’s ability to respond to the day-to-day demands of their work, leading to fatigue, headaches, diminished mental and physical performance, and even respiratory issues.


Culprits in the office include electronic equipment such as computers, photocopiers, and printers, all of which emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be up to 120 times higher when in use. Carpets, furnishings, and recent renovations in the home or workplace contribute towards the presence of toxic fumes in the air, exacerbating allergies and respiratory issues. Furthermore, indoor air pollution aids the spread colds and flu, disrupting work attendance and productivity. 


Where traditionally, businesses have worked hard to ensure a strict regime of attendance and punctuality, presenteeism  the phenomenon of staff coming to work despite having an infectious illness — has a major impact on the productivity and wellbeing of healthy employees. In fact, 82% of UK workers reported contracting an infection from their workplace, according to a 2019 study. Employers need to focus on promoting a positive working culture and developing sick leave policies that reduce presenteeism to protect the health and safety of their staff, especially where airborne infection is a major risk. 


Indoor air safety in the workplace


While health and safety protocols are easy enough to enforce in the office, the quality of the air employees breathe during working hours is considerably more difficult to control. Treating the air that employees share and recirculate requires specialised technology capable of maintaining high levels of indoor air quality to ensure not only physical health, but mental performance, comfort, and quality of life for staff. Traditional air purifiers and filtered HVAC solutions — increasingly common in most large facilities — deal with only part of the problem and do little to reduce the threat of airborne viral contamination.


VIRUSKILLER™ by Radic8 is the world’s most awarded clean air technology, designed for critical and hygienically sensitive spaces. The technology is now made available for industries and spaces of all kinds, bringing uncompromising clean air performance to commercial and mainstream sectors throughout South Africa. 


VIRUSKILLER™ filters and decontaminates the air in shared offices and workspaces to deliver clean, fresh air to staff throughout the day. With a device suited to every indoor space, it provides efficient, real-time air protection for open-plan desk spaces, boardrooms, individual offices, cafeterias, and restrooms. Simple plug-and-play operation means decontamination of indoor air is finally as easy — if not easier — than the cleaning of surfaces and sanitisation of desks, tables, and shared equipment.


As businesses and their staff return to work, implementing clean air technology as an added safety measure is a long-term investment that will futureproof against indoor air pollution and airborne viruses, including the common cold and seasonal flu. Simply put: Investing in clean air technology is good for business.


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