Indoor air quality

It’s a myth that pollution is restricted to the outdoors. The truth is that the indoors can often be more polluted than outside. Thus, it’s necessary to enhance the indoor air quality (IAQ).

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the quality of air inside a closed area that affects the heath and well-being of the occupants.

Awareness on IAQ and its impact on health and productivity are rapidly growing. It’s important to improve the air quality inside the space we spend 90% of our time. While, good indoor air quality in general ensures comfort in a work environment, it also improves the attentiveness of an individual and thus enhances their productivity.

The concentration of the indoor air pollutants can be higher than outdoors. Indoor polluants in are of two types

  • Inorganic
  • Organic (Volatile Organic Compound)

The more harmful polluant among the two are VOCs. As per WHO guidelines for indoor air quality selected pollutants 2010, “Formaldehyde can be quantified as a very specific indoor pollutant”

In some cases, bad IAQ also leads to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).

The sick building syndrome comprises of various nonspecific symptoms that occur to the occupants of a building. This feeling of ill health increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in productivity. As this syndrome is increasingly becoming a major occupational hazard, the cause, management and prevention of this condition have been discussed in this article.

The sources of poor IAQ are the VOCs and improper ventilation is closed space. Among the VOCs, formaldehyde is a significant aldehyde that is present in the highest concentration.

Formaldehyde exposure can lead to:Formaldehyde exposure can lead to,

  • discomfort,
  • ensory irritation to eyes and nose and
  • lung effects

Sources of Formaldehyde:

Formaldehyde is emitted from various sources in different spaces and gets harmful in several climatic conditions.

  • Offices

    • Furniture
    • Printers
    • Copiers
    • Computers
    • Cleaning materials
    • Carpets
  • Hospitals

    • Paints
    • Machines
    • Cleaning Material
  • Hotels

    • Paints
    • Carpets
    • Treated fabrics
    • Furniture
  • Schools

    • Paints
    • Furniture
    • Computers
  • Retail

    • Electronics
    • Improper ventilation
    • Carpets

The Gyproc solution for good Indoor quality

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