Allergens can have a devastating effect on the workplace. They can lead to employees feeling exhausted and unable to complete the tasks that are required for the day. Allergens can also lead to distractions resulting from sneezing, runny noses, coughing and the constant need to dispose of tissues. The good news is that there are changes that can be made to your workplace to make it allergy-free.
Clean Computers And Keyboards Thoroughly
Computer screens and keyboards are locations that often attract pollen and dust. Keeping these surfaces clean will reduce allergy symptoms. These surfaces should be wiped clean at least once a week.
Think About Unique Sources Of Allergens In Your Workplace
Consider the unique characteristics of your workplace that could lead to allergens becoming a problem. For instance, if your workplace is often in contact with animals, it would make sense to find ways to keep workers who do not work with animals separated. There may also be chemicals used in the office that can trigger allergic reactions. Ask employees who suffer from allergies to write down when they experience these allergic reactions so that changes can be made.
Combat Mold And Pollen Aggressively
Offices can be prone to mold and it is more difficult to determine where the mold is coming from. There could be mold growing on the ceiling or there might be a coffee pot that was not changed frequently enough and now has mold growing in it. Mold is most often a problem in closed off areas that are not well-ventilated. By finding ways to increase circulation to these locations, you may be able to cut down on mold-related allergens. Keep windows closed to prevent both mold and pollen from entering your office. Keeping humidity below 50% can also reduce the presence of mold in the office.
Find Out If Coworkers Are Contributing To The Allergy Problem
Sometimes, there are changes that coworkers may need to make in order to reduce allergens. For instance, a plant kept at a desk may contribute to allergens. Or, a certain type of perfume might trigger an employee’s allergic reaction. Employees who smoke may have cigarette smoke trapped in their clothing and this can contribute to the allergies of others.
Reduce Clutter And Keep The Office Clean
Minimizing clutter in the office will reduce the number of things that can allow dust, mold, and dirt to gather. Encourage employees to clean their desks as often as possible. Cleaning the office, in general, will reduce the number of allergens. Use a natural carpet cleaner to lift allergens from your carpet. The carpet cleaner will not contain harsh chemicals that can also trigger allergic reactions. Carpets should at least be vacuumed every day to avoid problems.
Look For Areas That Are Neglected
One of the challenges is that there are often areas of the office that rarely are cleaned. Providing employees with cleaning responsibilities can ensure that these areas are attended to weekly so that allergens can be removed. Another option is to hire a professional service that will handle the cleaning for you. By cleaning the office more thoroughly, it will also be a safer and more enjoyable place to work.
Hire An Allergy Specialist
In some cases, you may need to have the office tested by an allergy specialist. The area will be tested for potential allergens. Employees can be tested to determine if they have a sensitivity to allergens contained within the office. Once the cause of the allergic reaction can be determined, more effective steps can be taken to combat it. You may also need to contact pest control if there is a reason to believe that an infestation is causing the allergies.
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