Indoor air quality is a point of emphasis for manufacturing and warehouse regulating agencies. It’s easy to lose control of air quality and temperature control in a large open space with hard-working machines and workers everywhere, but by using automated and fast-responding systems, you can ensure that your workers have a safe space to do their jobs and comply with air quality regulations.
Air quality can be difficult to monitor and prove compliance. It’s important to pay attention to the signs that your factory or warehouse space isn’t safe for workers, rather than only relying on your environment control systems. Sometimes the workers themselves will show signs of poor air quality. Some of the warnings to look for include increased absenteeism, increased medical care usage by employees, and physical symptoms such as irritated eyes, headaches, nasal congestion, and more. How can you improve your air quality and temperature control to avoid these problems and ensure you’re in compliance?
Identify Building Factors Worsening Indoor Air Quality
The EPA and other regulators test for several types of air pollution while ensuring your warehouse or factory is safe to work in. But pollutants aren’t the only factors that affect indoor air quality. Sometimes, temperature and humidity can cause poor air quality that leads to many of the same health issues for workers. Also, people who are uncomfortable because of the temperature are more sensitive to other air quality and building discomforts. Higher temperatures will cause harmful chemicals to be released from building materials at higher rates.
The EPA offers several ways warehouses can be managed for better air quality. If you’re seeing indicators of poor air quality, the best place to start looking for compliance issues is with the airflow, temperature, and humidity levels of all parts of the warehouse. Some areas could suffer from poor ventilation, bringing your air quality scores down in the eyes of regulators.
It’s also important to inspect and monitor all parts of the warehouse or factory for water damage, leaks, dirty areas, signs of pests, and other potential air contaminators.
The EPA also has ways to ensure you’re in compliance with air quality standards. Its Indoor Air Quality Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM) is set up to help businesses comply. When regulators test for indoor air quality (IAQ), they’re looking for concentrations of pollutants, as well as the temperature and relative humidity in the facility.
Building and managing structures that comply with the EPA and other regulators can be difficult, but I-BEAM provides resources for businesses trying to create or maintain compliant facilities without breaking the bank.
But I-BEAM can’t always solve all your IAQ compliance issues. Even if you detect signs of poor air quality, the solutions aren’t always apparent, particularly in large warehouses. That’s why Berg Compliance Solutions consults with companies to not only bring them into compliance before inspections, but to consistently monitor air quality to protect workers and keep you safe from business-sinking fines and other penalties.
Contact Berg today to find out how to keep your warehouse workers safe and avoid paying regulatory fines and other penalties for low air quality.