As an increasing number of workers return to the workplace, not everyone is eager to get back. Building air safety remains a concern in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before current variants became known a reluctance to go back to the office existed. In fact, according to a study conducted earlier in 2021 by the Robert Half staffing agency, 34 percent of the workers polled said they would seek other employment if they were asked to return to the office full-time. Almost half of the workers who participated in the poll preferred an arrangement of divided work time between the office and another off-site location.
Another survey conducted by Morning Consult found that almost 40 percent of the workers polled had concerns about safely returning to the workplace. With new strains of COVID-19 now dominating the news, these concerns are not unfounded, but facilities managers should be proactive in their approach to building air safety. While the transition back to full-time in buildings may take time, there are some things employers can do to prove to workers that they take safety concerns seriously.
Increase Building Air Safety
Building and facilities managers always face challenges in maintaining healthy buildings. During times of pandemic, however, those challenges increase greatly. Pure Air Control Services Building Sciences division helps building managers and business owners meet those challenges. These systems and methods to improve indoor air quality help lower the risk of virus transmission through their HVAC systems.
Improving ventilation is an effective way to improve IAQ and may not require replacing or updating old equipment. To determine the solution, however, we need to pinpoint the problem. That involves testing to discover the source of any threat to building air safety.
Evaluate HVAC Zones
A Building Health Check is an effective tool to evaluate HVAC zones. This evaluation includes mold assessments, allergen and dust screenings, and risk assessments. Testing is done to obtain readings on wall and floor moisture and temperature and humidity. It also includes a full HVAC Hygiene Assessment to gauge the impact of the system on building air safety. The assessment also looks at airflow and energy efficiency, duct leakage, and air filtration. It includes building pressure analysis and airtightness testing to measure leaks in the building envelope.
While testing discovers issues, monitoring prevents potential threats from impacting worker safety. IAQ Guard is an effective system that monitors building conditions around the clock with an all-in-one module. A remote team observes real-time environmental conditions and alerts facilities managers and building engineers of changes that could impact building air safety.
After the detection of building air safety issues, Pure Air Control offers several remediation services. This includes our HVAC New Life hygienic restoration, PURE Steam to clean the entire AHU, PURE Duct that gets deep inside ductwork, and PURE Decon building and room disinfection. The use of air purifiers is another effective way to improve IAQ.
You Need a Building Air Safety Partner
Workers won’t feel safe returning to the workplace until they know building air safety is a concern for their employers. Testing and monitoring, as well as taking steps toward remediation of issues affecting IAQ, restores trust. Improving IAQ also results in better HVAC efficiency which lowers energy usage and costs. To learn more about how Pure Air Control Services improves IAQ to keep workers healthy, call 1-800-422-7873 or email us here.