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Five reasons why you need to include ventilation as part of your safety risk assessment!

by , 24 April 2015
Do you ever hear your employees sneezing and coughing non-stop in the office?

Well, you'd better start noticing before it's too late!

You see, poor ventilation is an invisible health hazard. It puts the health and safety of your employees at risk. And the financial consequences could shut your business down!

Here are five reasons why you need to include a ventilation system in your risk assessment...

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Five reasons to include the ventilation system in your risk assessment

1. Employee fatigue and poor concentration
If your ventilation is faulty, you'll have an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the building. When oxygen levels are low, and carbon dioxide levels high, you'll find your employees complaining of fatigue and poor concentration.

2. Poor ventilation causes temperature changes
Big changes in temperature will cause your employees to feel tired. When they're tired they're going to suffer from distraction and discomfort. A consequence of this is a higher level of accidents! And the snowball begins. Accidents can lead to an increase in COID claims and decrease in production!

3. Sick Building Syndrome is a direct result of poor ventilation
That's right! Poor ventilation results in Sick Building Syndrome. The symptoms range from eye, nose, and throat irritation to headaches. Luckily, when the victims leave the workplace, they feel relief from the symptoms.

4. Poor ventilation affects the humidity in the building
Your airing system must balance the level of moisture. High levels encourage bacterial and mould growth. Low levels of moisture cause dry throats and skin. It also causes a build-up of static electricity, which could shock your employees.

5. Compliance with environmental law
Buildings must have good ventilation to comply with the law (Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, OHS Act (85 of 1993)). You must prove to the DoL that your airing system is working to standard. If you can't, they'll either fine you, or tell you to close your doors until you've sorted things out!

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