Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
While most office-workers have been working from home for much of this year, there is a slow but growing trend towards opening office spaces for limited numbers of employees to gather and collaborate. Employers recognize the value of in-person meetings for building stronger teams and sparking innovation. Of course, going into the office during a pandemic is quite different. We now know that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced through talking and breathing. While indoor air quality (IAQ) in offices was always important, it is now at the forefront of many government COVID-19 requirements and recommendations for offices.
Compounding the COVID-19 IAQ issues are the many wildfires that are also impacting indoor air quality. At the same time, many of us are starting to spend more time indoors with winter weather in northern regions and indoor holiday gatherings. At our October 2020 virtual EHSxTech meeting, 20+ EHS professionals from leading technology companies discussed the basics of IAQ and COVID-19-specific aspects for safely opening offices. We were joined by the Global Health and Safety Manager from a well known multinational tech company to discuss the importance of this topic. As a bonus, Theresa McCollom, CIH and aerosol subject matter expert from Antea Group, educated our group on some of the false advertising claims being put forth by manufacturers to sell home air purifiers during this time of COVID-19.
About Antea Group
Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, health and safety, infrastructure, urban planning, and water. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,200 employees in over 90 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Antea Group is a founding member of Inogen Alliance, a global network of independent consulting companies that are together by choice to collaborate around the world on EHS projects for a consistent client experience. Learn more at https://us.anteagroup.com.