The effects of dust pollution at work can put the health of your staff at risk and compromise the efficiency of your business, damaging customer relations and your reputation. We’ve gathered some of our clean air expertise to help you prevent this issue from harming your business.
A dusty factory, warehouse or other workplace can affect your health and that of your colleagues. Extended exposure to dust at work has been linked to pneumonia, asthma and other lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Below are some of the key health risks of dust at work.
The more dust you have at work, the more money you’ll have to spend on cleaning. And cleaning is not just about aesthetics. Dust can affect sensors on machinery and the efficiency of equipment over time, potentially causing downtime and decreasing productivity. The same applies to heating and cooling systems; if they become clogged up with dust, they’ll lead to more strain on the fan motor and more energy to maintain indoor temperatures.
Customers increasingly buy products straight from the warehouse and are more likely to reject them if they are dirty. The more rejects you receive, the greater the financial cost to your company. Poor customer satisfaction can lead to negative online reviews and impact future sales.
Your brand is important. Potential investors, employees and customers prefer to work with a business that has a good corporate image – as opposed to one that is known for its dirty working environment and products covered in dust.
Companies must comply with government occupational health and safety regulations, and some of these rules pertain directly to reducing the effects of dust in the workplace. For example, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has strict rules regulating heavy metals, wood dust, and flour dust, among other harmful airborne particles.
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