Indoor air quality and air purifiers in the workplace are gaining increasing attention and for good reason. Just like outdoor air quality, the indoor environment can profoundly affect health, comfort, and productivity.
We are estimated to spend 90% of our time indoors and an average of nine hours every day sharing spaces with others. Indoor air contains up to 5 times more contaminants than outdoor air and is influenced by the presence of;
- Allergens (from dust mites, pollen & mould),
- Volatile Organic Compounds – organic compounds are chemicals that contain carbons and are found in all living things. Volatile organic compounds are organic compounds that become vapors – such as cigarette smoke, smog, cleaning chemicals etc.
- Other odours
Public spaces, like offices, health care facilities and schools are breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses, dust and allergens, harsh chemicals and odours and this can heavily influence workplace sickness/absenteeism.
The purpose of air purifiers is to remove these harmful contaminants from the air and as employee wellbeing increases as a focus for businesses, so does the use of air purifiers. According to a 2014 report 21% of Australian employers said they had increased their annual spending on health and wellbeing initiatives to help support their employees.
Research shows that the health status of your employees directly influences their work behaviour, attendance, and on-the-job performance. Therefore, improving employee well-being will result in a more productive workforce.
Benefits of air purifiers.
Air purifiers can help improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) and provide the following benefits
- Productivity improvements of 8-11% are not uncommon as a result of better air quality.
- Improved IAQ improves mental tasks, like concentration and recall, and can reduce absenteeism due to illness.
- Chemical-Free odour control helps prevent respiratory issues, skin and eye irritation etc.
Air purifiers such as the AeraMax® Professional have been tested and shown to remove 99.9% of airborne influenza virus within 35 minutes.
Cleaning recirculated air with high efficiency filtration (as utilised within AeraMax® Professional) is expected to provide between 31% and 47% flu infection risk reductions compared to an environment without filtration installed. Click here to see an infographic illustrating the impact of poor air quality to businesses.
Clean the air to protect your bottom line.
- 15% is the amount of people in an office that can be infected by a single flu carrier.
- 9.5 days is the average amount each employee is absent from work each year.
- $347 the average cost of one employee sick day.