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Ventilation in the workplace: Eight things you MUST do to keep your workplace clean and odour free

by , 06 January 2014
You must provide proper ventilation in your workplace. To do that, you also need to keep in mind is that personal habits often affect the quality of air in the workplace. While many minor problems are insignificant by themselves, every bit of pollution adds up. So make sure you do these eight things to help promote a clean, odour free and pleasant place to work.

Poor ventilation is a hazard. And like all hazards, you must eliminate it.

Here are eight things you must do to help promote a clean, odour free and pleasant place to work.

  1. Keep your lunch room or break area clean so odours don't develop.
  2. Ensure the workplace isn't overcrowded. You're legally obliged to provide at least 2.25 square meters of effective open floor space for each employee working indoors. This space requirement is over and above the leg space under the desk or work station.
  3. Clean up coffee, tea and water spills. Mould can grow in damp or wet areas.
  4. No one appreciates the smell of gym clothes, damp boots or other odours. Try to make sure staff members keep these out of the workplace. If possible, they must lock them away in their cars or a well-ventilated area.
  5. Avoid using air fresheners. They only mask odours. Using one odour to mask another simply adds pollutants to the air.
  6. Take care of plants, wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and make sure there's a tray under them to catch any leaks.
  7. Make sure employees don't smoke indoors.
  8. Ensure cleaning detergents, chemicals and gas appliances are safely stored in a well-ventilated area away from the work area.

Remember, 'poor ventilation poses a risk to your employees' health and you must eliminate or control this hazard. If you don't, it'll slow down productivity in your workplace and result in increased sick leave,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

So use the above mentioned methods to help keep your workplace clean and odour free.

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