Maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is essential for every business. But what are the key environmental issues which are likely to arise in your place of work? Well, in this week’s blog we share the top environmental issues for businesses and what you can do to prevent them from occurring.
1) Poor air quality and ventilation
Bad air quality and ventilation is a major concern for the health of employers and their employees. Besides from being unpleasant, poor air quality and ventilation has a number of negative health consequences. Some short-term health effects of poor air quality and ventiliation include inflamed airways, eye irritation and damage to the respiratory tract. This can cause coughing, mucus secretion and long-term infections. Long-term exposure to poor air quality can result in reduced lung functions and breathing problems, as well as lung cancer or cardiovascular disease. For those suffering from asthma or compromised immune systems, poor air quality is especially problematic.
Another environmental issue, which can be harmful to your workplace is asbestos-contamination. Although asbestos was banned in Australia many years ago, it continues to be an ongoing threat to public health. This is because breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. For those who smoke cigarettes, these risks of inhaling asbestos fibres is even greater.
The presence of mould is something no one wants to discover in their workplace. Exposure to damp and mouldy environments can produce various health problems such as throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, nasal congestion and, in some cases, skin irritation.
To treat or prevent these environmental issues, it’s essential that you contact an environmental and occupational hygiene solutions specialist. At Alpha Environmental, we offer a “boutique” style service to treat and prevent the environmental issues in your workplace. We can also offer you professional advice and recommendations with all matters regarding Asbestos, Soil, Groundwater and Mould. To learn more or speak to one of our friendly staff members, please call us on 1300 039 181.