Health and Safety in the Workplace

Numerous scientific studies have shown that healthier and happier employees are more productive in the workplace. These workers, who exercise regularly and eat balanced diets, take less sick days and have shown higher job performances compared to unhealthy and unhappy employees.

Indoor air quality is an important indication of employee health and productivity in the workplace. High carbon dioxide levels means inadequate ventilation for the number of people present in the room. Carbon dioxide is produced naturally through respiration and also through the combustion of fossil fuels. Factors like the amount of people in a room, appliances (gas stoves), and inadequate ventilation can lead to increased CO2 levels indoors.

Large amounts of CO2 emissions through fossil fuel burning

These uncomfortable conditions decrease work productivity and can also increase humidity levels which encourages mold growth to trigger asthma attacks. Similarly, inadequate ventilation can increase other indoor pollutants like formaldehyde and VOCs. 

Normal levels of CO2 indoors ranges from 350-1000 ppm while levels from 1000-2000 ppm are associated with drowsyness and poor air quality. Very high levels can lead to headaches, nausea, and loss of attention while extremely high levels (usually when other gases are present) are lethal due to oxygen deprivation. 

One solution is a demand control ventilation (DCV) system which automatically adjusts outdoor air intake to the building with the number of occupants in a room. This saves energy, costs, and optimizes the system as a whole. DCV systems include the use of sensors like occupancy sensors and CO2 sensors to create a functional, smart building. 

Elements of a smart building includes ventilation systems

Ambience Data created our BlueJay device with health and safety, energy efficiency, and smart buildings in mind. We use the most up-to-date sensor technology while making the hardware and software easy to use and understand so you can have continuous access to real-time data.

Read more about our devices at www.ambiencedata.com/devices

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