Allergy Season in the Office
March 15, 2020 | AUTHOR: Tammy Wright
Allergy season is coming – in fact, in many parts of the country, it is already here. During this time of year, dust will be looming and pollen will be heightened. Allergy triggers in the office can contribute to a decrease in office productivity, so keeping a clean office can provide a healthier and more comfortable environment for your staff and customers. There are simple tips to alleviate havoc for allergy sufferers in the office. Keep these common triggers in mind and talk to your staff and commercial cleaning company about ways to combat allergens.
There’s no avoiding Mother Nature, so keeping pollen at bay can make a difference. Heat and air vents should be maintained regularly. Pollen and mold can build up over time and be blown into the office air through your ventilation system. Change your filters twice a year. Most offices mark their calendars for the beginning of spring and fall for routine maintenance.
Molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on just about any substance, particularly when excessive moisture is present. According to OSHA, you can find mold in carpet, ceiling tile, insulation, paper, wallboard, wood, surfaces behind wallpaper or in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The most common health effects associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions similar to common pollen allergies, which include sneezing, runny nose, eye irritation, coughing, congestion and aggravation of asthma. If you or your commercial cleaner suspect exposure to mold, you should call an expert.
Personal Desk Items
Flower bouquets, office plants, essential oils, perfumes, stuffed animals and any other personal items that make your desk area feel like home should be kept to a minimum. Overbearing scents and dust accumulation can trigger allergies and affect other people in the office.
The Office Pet
Trends in the workplace show that many offices are allowing pets at work. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, anywhere from 15% to 30% of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. Sniffling and itchy eyes can make for a rather unproductive workday for anyone suffering from pet-related allergies.
By following simple steps to avoid allergies in the workplace and by employing a commercial cleaner for routine cleaning of your office, you may find that you have a happier, healthier and more productive team.