Combating Allergies in the Office

Allergies are the fifth leading chronic disease in the United States, and dealing with them day in and day out at work can be difficult. Focusing on business is no easy feat when your eyes are itchy, your nose is running or stuffed, and you’re sneezing every few minutes.

If seasonal allergies have your office sniffling and sneezing, it is likely that your employees are getting less work done. Poor indoor air quality can trigger allergy symptoms, possibly turning your workplace into a harsh environment. A great way to increase production is simply to get cleaning! You will be able to transform your workplace into a haven from seasonal allergies, helping your employees breathe easier.
Check out a few of our tips for dealing with office allergies.

Office Equipment. Turn off all electronic equipment when it’s not in use. Photocopiers have a reputation for emitting ozone, an environmental pollutant. In closed offices, the ozone can build up, creating problems especially for those with asthma or allergies. Make sure the copier room is well-ventilated.

De-Clutter Your Desks. A messy desk may be the sign of a creative mind, but it’s also the sign of a dust collector. Dust always finds a way to settle onto computer screens and office phones, as well as into the cracks and crevices of your keyboard. To reduce allergens in your office space, take some time to clean off desk surfaces with a microfiber towel, wiping them down with cleaning solution and minimizing clutter as you work organizes your workspace but also clears any unwanted debris.

Increase Frequency of Cleaning. With employees, clients, and customers walking in and out of the building all day long, there is no way to eliminate the tracking of pollen and dander into your office space. The best way to combat this is to increase the number of evenings your cleaning company provides service. Regularly vacuumed carpets and dusted cabinetry can be a big help in reducing the effects of seasonal allergies.

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