With the increase in the number of vaccines and the decrease in COVID-19 cases, many companies are inviting employees who were in smart working to return to work. Unfortunately, there are still some health and safety concerns when returning to the office. Leading companies are trying to keep the distance between workers within offices and establishing long-term policies for cleaning and sanitizing shared spaces. A key solution that most employers employ is the installation of office air purifiers. This is one of the countermeasures taken to reassure employees and create a safe workplace during this transition.
Pureairion can support the return of your employees to the office: read on to learn more about the technology behind office air purifiers and why these are a priority for entrepreneurs in Italy and around the world.
Back to the office: because indoor air quality is a top priority
Despite smart working Italians wanting to return to work, surveys indicate that 71% of employees in Italy are worried about contracting the coronavirus upon returning to their office.
Employee surveys indicated that workers are concerned about returning to work for these reasons:
- Safety precautions may not be enforced or effective.
- They may have to work alongside sick colleagues.
Their fears are not unfounded and some of them are related to the very air they breathe. A recent study from Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health suggested that long-term exposure to air pollutants increases vulnerability for severe COVID-19 outcomes.
Also in the UK, commercial buildings and offices are adopting solutions to improve ventilation and air quality to reduce the risk of viral transmission. It is clear that employers are on the same line: clean air in offices is a top priority.
Pandemic news: the importance of indoor air quality
The pandemic highlighted a few things, including the importance of a strong immune system and how viruses spread through the air. A breath, a cough, a sneeze: everyone who lives daily life with a mask has become very aware of what we inhale and exhale and how it affects the people around us
As a result, new attention has been given to the importance of indoor air quality.
Is your office air quality safe?
This is the question when people return to work: is it a safe place? State institutions and bodies for environmental protection and disease prevention (as well as other bodies) have published information to reassure people. There are concrete measures that companies can take to improve indoor air quality and ensure employee safety at work. These are the ventilation of the air, the use of specific disinfectants and antibacterial products on the filters of the air conditioning systems and the installation of air purifiers of adequate coverage for the internal square footage.
Back to work: improving air quality and ventilation in commercial buildings
The Ministry of Health explains that indoor air quality and ventilation are both beneficial for employee health and comfort. Symptoms of poor indoor air quality can cause chronic problems and, of course, the risk of transmission of viruses or bacteria looms. Some states have specific indoor air quality regulations, which are enacted on a large scale in light of COVID-19 and workers’ return to work.
The commercial buildings, where most of the companies are housed and where people work, are adapting to the new anticovid measures and are aligning themselves with the new protocol to ensure the safety of employees.
The best office air purifiers
With the attention that institutions are giving towards air quality, it is now common to see air purifiers in medical offices, gyms, reception areas, restaurants, offices and all those places where we breathe and pass much of our life.
If the right technology is used and an ad hoc study of the environment is carried out on a scientific basis, we will have a truly effective way to obtain cleaner indoor air. This is what we do at Pureairion: through our decades of experience in the microbiological field, we do not limit ourselves to selling an air purifier but we are the only ones to implement protocols to verify the effectiveness of our purifiers in a given environment. Through specific microbiological tests we can validate the effectiveness of a SHU air sanitizer in a specific environment to reassure people and workers on the real effectiveness.