One year ago today President Ramaphosa announced South Africa's first lockdown that would start at midnight on the 26th of March 2020. Since then we have become experts on how the Coronavirus spreads and we are engaging in more discussions regarding the role indoor air quality plays in the spread of the virus.
A year ago most of us wouldn't have thought twice about indoor air quality. The common consensus was that the air inside of buildings are cleaner than outside - the aircon filters the air right? We now know that we've been wrong all along. Depending on various factors, like your building's indoor airflow, you might be exposed to high levels of particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pathogens.
Although we are heavily focused on Coronavirus, indoor air quality (IAQ) will continue to be an important factor in health and safety plans going forward. We should be evaluating which air purifiers best suit our environmental needs and the best places to place them for maximum efficiency.
Here are 7 strategic places to put air purifiers in your office
Reception areaReception areas are high traffic areas that often double as a waiting area for your visitors. Although this area is often well ventilated, it is important to study the airflow in this room and to place an air purifier here to minimise air hygiene related risks.
Open plan officeThe average open plan office space arguably has the most traffic in the building with employees moving between their desk, the copier, bathroom and coffee station. Good ventilation accompanied by a strategically placed air purifier is highly recommended.
Call centreWhen we think of a call centre the image that comes to mind is a series of densely packed cubicles each with an energised agent answerings a never ending string of phone calls. You will also notice that most call centres are sound proofed and rely on central air conditioners for airflow in order to minimise noise. As poor air quality can lead to absenteeism, Call Centre Managers should prioritise air purification.
You may also be interested in reading our previous blog post on the 3 hygiene problems you face working in a call centre
Meeting roomsYou might think that your meeting rooms have become vacant spaces in your building during lockdown but the truth is that many of them have become temporary office space as employees social distance. One must also consider that when more employees start returning to the office, meetings will resume and these rooms will become 'hot property' again. In addition to air purification, I would suggest you consider aerosol disinfection foggers and hand hygiene stands to promote good hygiene practices in this space.
Executive officesTo be frank, executives' productive time is important and the most expensive lines on the monthly salary bill, hence it is important that you ensure your Exec team stay healthy and productive. Improving air quality in Executive offices can help minimise the risk of absenteeism and minimise the risk of cross contamination in their workspaces.
BathroomsYou are probably thinking that bathrooms already have so much hygiene equipment in them. There are units to wash and dry your hands, sanitise your toilets, sanitary bins and the list goes on. But bathrooms are generally poorly ventilated and we often look past air hygiene and air quality.
Canteens and pause areasThese dedicated spaces are intended for your staff to recharge during their busy work day. Improve wellness and energy levels through clean air by installing an air purifier.
The only question left to answer is how can Initial help? Initial continues to bring you customised hygiene solutions to meet your hygiene requirements. Last year we introduced you to the InspireAir 72 air purifier with HEPA 13 filter system.
This year we are proud to introduce you to the VIRUSKILLER™ Air Purifier range that kills 99.9999% of viruses in a single air pass, including Coronavirus*. This solution will be available from Initial soon, and you can subscribe to updates on its launch in South Africa here. Watch the video to find out more.
*When independently tested against Coronavirus DF2 (a surrogate for Coronavirus), Adenovirus, Influenza and Polio, the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of viruses on a single air pass.