Air Quality and Your Health
The quality of air inside your residence and workplaces is important—not only for you and your workers’ comfort but also for health reasons. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Some specific diseases (for example, asthma and allergy-related illnesses) have been linked to air contaminants and indoor environments. In addition, some exposures, such as to asbestos or radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.
Many factors affect IAQ. These factors include poor ventilation (lack of outside air), problems controlling temperature, high or low humidity, recent remodeling, and other activities in or near a building that can affect the fresh air coming into the building. Sometimes, specific contaminants—like dust from construction or renovation, mold, cleaning supplies, pesticides, or other airborne chemicals (including small amounts of chemicals released as a gas over time)—may cause poor IAQ.
The right ventilation and building care can prevent and fix IAQ problems. Although OSHA does not have IAQ standards, it does have standards about ventilation and standards regarding some of the air contaminants that can be involved in IAQ problems. The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the law that created OSHA) requires employers to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause sickness or injury.
All Seasons: Keeping You and Your Family Safe
All Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning uses the best practices in all our installations to ensure that all materials and installations meet or exceed state and OSHA requirements. Additionally, our technicians will provide a thorough inspection of existing systems and inform you of any potential hazards that may affect you and your family.