Poor Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace Can Lead to Health Problems & Lower Productivity
If you are a Human Resource Manager and notice an increase in absenteeism and lack of concentration amongst your staff, do not just assume they are having a bad day. And you should definitely think twice before you blame their laziness alone.
In Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has published Guidelines for Good Indoor air quality in office premises with maximum threshold Limits for potential indoor air contaminants. This has helped many companies to re-look at their indoor environment, housekeeping and engineering practices.
The Right to Healthy Air
The World Health Organization “WHO” states that we all have a right to healthy indoor air, a right derived from fundamental principles in the field of human rights and ecological sustainability. By strengthening its IAQ policy Singapore is taking a leading role in Asia, but there is much room for development both in Singapore and throughout the region. If the situation is to improve, landlords and tenants, project and facilities managers, designers and architects need to collaborate to ensure better design and good maintenance of a building’s air flow system. Most importantly, they should collaborate to integrate sustainable technologies within buildings. If this is done successfully, we should find that we can all afford to breathe more easily.