Poor air quality can result in a myriad of problems, from an increase in fatigue through to carbon monoxide poisoning. Help your staff breathe easy by using these seven easy steps.
Ventilation systems should be provided to ensure workplace air is of acceptable quality, humidity and temperature. Air conditioners or heaters can be used and, where required, refrigerated air-conditioning. These need to be compliant with the relevant codes of practice.
Assessments of air quality should be carried out at various points around the workplace and the need for exhaust ventilation at each point established. The assessments will typically include monitoring for the following:
Particular attention should be paid to the following:
Sometimes it is considered necessary to continuously monitor the air quality, as determined by an appropriately qualified occupational hygienist. Where the air quality is below the recommended levels, local exhaust ventilation will usually be installed.
Where it is impossible or impractical to provide adequate ventilation, administrative measures shall be implemented. This could include task rotation, rostering, or any other measure that would reduce the exposure of personnel to poor air quality, especially those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Legislative and Australian Standards requirements apply to laboratory fume cupboards and spray booths. These should be followed.
Ventilation equipment, both general and local, should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis, in accordance with the manufacturer’s inspection and maintenance schedule.
Control measures should be in place to prevent poisoning from Carbon Monoxide (CO) emitted by petrol, gas and (to a lesser extent) diesel powered motors. These measures shall include the following, as appropriate:
The information on this site is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own situation and requirements before making any decisions.