Reducing Dust Improves Workplace Health and Indoor Air Quality

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Are you aware of the contents in that dry layer of dust on your desk and computer? Dead skin, bug parts, pollen and other allergens, and even bacteria and viruses, make up dust that sits on top of your computer, the back of your chair and just about anywhere you could imagine. You can increase office safety and improve indoor air quality with better targeted cleaning to prevent the accumulation of dust throughout your facility.

We create our cleaning schedules to include routine dusting for problematic areas of our customers buildings. Other ways to reduce dust in your building are to regularly replace air filters in your heating and cooling systems and to frequently vacuum (with vacuums that have HEPA filtration units) large carpeted areas of your office.

Dust can be a surprisingly harmful substances in your workplace. It decreases indoor air quality, increases risk of illness, acts as an abrasive in your carpets and it can even damage computers in your office. It can trigger allergies and asthma and has negative consequences for employee productivity. 

 

Damage To Your Building

Over time, dust particles settle into your carpet and nestle deep into the fibers. With time and heavy foot traffic, the dust settles further into the carpet and sticks between the fibers beginning to act as an abrasive. This causes fraying and destruction of your carpet and can lead to higher repair and more frequent replacement costs.

Dust and dirt also settle on your floors. If they're not getting dry mopped daily, that dust then gets ground into the floor. This prematurely weathers the finish and leaves your floors looking dull and dirty. 

Desktop computers can also feel the negative effects of excess dust in your facility. Computers utilize fans to keep hardware cool while the system is being used. Dust can settle into the fan and vents, preventing hot air from escaping and potentially causing your computer to overheat and cause serious long term damage to your tech. There are a few simple ways to prevent this from happening. You can frequently check around vents to make sure they're clear or you could purchase a vent cover that prevents dust from setting inside of your desktop. 

 

Indoor Air Quality and Workplace Health

Maintaining and improving indoor air quality in your building is a key factor for keeping high levels of office health. Reducing lingering dust in your building removes harmful pathogens and allergens from your work ecosystem, which can cause illnesses and allergic reactions for your employees and building visitors. 

Optimal ventilation and air filtration are key to reducing office illnesses and keeping your office air fresh. Proper ventilation improves indoor air by removing pollutants created within your building and replacing it with fresh air. 

 

How Can Summit Help You?

We include high and low dusting in our cleaning plans in varying frequencies based on the particular needs of each building. Removing dust from corners, ceilings, vents, walls and the tops of cubicles, just to name a few places, reduces the volume of dust that reaches your desk, desktop and carpeting. We make sure to detail dust in high traffic areas where the negative effects 

Daily vacuuming with HEPA filtered vacuums and regular deep carpet cleaning are also effective ways to reduce dust in your carpeted areas. Frequent vacuuming removes a large amount of dust that settles into your carpets preventing it from harming your carpet and kicking up into the air.

 

Additional Sourcing

Sourcing for this post comes from the following sources. Please refer to them for additional information.

https://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/airdust/en/

http://www.workplacesafetyadvice.co.uk/dangers-of-dust-in-the-workplace.html#:~:text=Dust%20Related%20Illnesses,-Workers%20can%20suffer&text=Depending%20on%20the%20nature%20of,lung%20cancer%20related%20to%20asbestos.

https://dustbender.com/how-dust-affects-technology#:~:text=While%20your%20computer's%20fan's%20job,run%20much%20hotter%20than%20intended.

https://www.qleanair.com/en/getqlean/whats-the-difference-between-ventilation-and-air-filtration

https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/ventilation-and-coronavirus-covid-19