Causes of Indoor Air Pollution in the Office.

When I say, “Pollution” you probably think of smokestacks and exhaust fumes.

But what you need to realise is that some of the worst sources of pollution are invisible.

And while this might sound crazy, it’s true.

In fact, many of these sources of pollution come from inside of your office. Not only that, this pollution could be having a serious effect on your health (And you may not even know it.)


Indoor air pollution is mostly caused by badly designed, maintained and operated ventilation systems.


For the ventilation system to work, it must draw in air from outside the building. But when poorly designed and maintained, they are unable to filter pollutants out of this air, and your office air quality suffers (Sick Building Syndrome).

Another issue is when the office building is being used for something other than what it was designed for.

(For example, some offices have restaurants, print shops or dry cleaning stores on the bottom floors of their building and these – plus underground parking garages – can often be a significant source of pollution.)

Other common office pollutants include, tobacco smoke, asbestos from insulation and fire-retardant building materials, formaldehyde from furniture, cleaning materials, paint, adhesives, copy machines and printers.


The last one is especially important for office workers.


You see, according to Australian study, researchers found that office laser printers emit harmful amounts of small particle air pollution.

(One printer was found to give off as much pollution during printing as a lit cigarette.)

Depending on the printer, and ventilation conditions in your office, these particles can take minutes or hours to disperse. And because these particles are so small, they are easily inhaled deep into your lungs, where they can build up and cause significant health problems.


So what can you do about indoor air pollution in your office?

First make sure your ventilation system is working properly.

If you’re using a laser printers, keep your offices well ventilated.

Also, don’t sit too close to printers, and if you have significant sources of emissions (Such as large copy machines) consider keeping them in a separate room.

The simplest solution, of course, is to use an air purifier in your office.

This can be placed near printers and copiers, and are more than adequate to handle their emissions.

Bottom line?

Indoor air quality is becoming more and more of a concern to office workers these days.

It can seriously affect the health, comfort and productivity of building occupants, and is something you need to take seriously.

Make an appointment with Purlife to check on the indoor air quality for your office.