Early Detection or Full-Body Space Suits? – How Is Your Firm Ensuring the Air Quality in Employee Workspaces?

December 10, 2019

Leaders of organizations across the globe realize their responsibility to provide a healthy workplace environment for their employees.

VOC infographicsHere’s the question: What if you could stop a little issue before it becomes a BIG problem?

You would, wouldn’t you?

The problem is the smells and fumes that can cause harm to employees. 

Some of your employees may have already filed a complaint or two about headaches or skin irritations. But before you start handing out gas masks and those bio-contamination suits that look like space suits to all the employees, let us show you a better way.

The NanoScent team partners with you to make sure that dangerous fumes and smells are detected, so you can take action BEFORE employees and productivity are negatively impacted.

Keep reading, and we’ll show you how we do it.

Although Workplace Safety Has Become a Top-Of-Mind Priority, Providing Employees and Regulators With the Assurance of Air Quality is of Equal Importance.

The largest group of environmental atmosphere contaminants are called Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs. In the USA, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention explains that VOCs are partly carbon-based, can be hazardous to employee health, and have a long list of potential sources. Public Health Europe warns that VOCs can lead to “respiratory diseases including asthma and lung cancer.” Additional potential symptoms of VOC exposure that may be felt by employees are:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Dizziness/Headache
  • Eye Irritation

Although VOCs resulting from contaminants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and naphthalene, are commonly associated with manufacturing processes, VOCs and air quality is a concern across all industries and throughout an array of environments, including office environments, hotels etc.

What Are the Sources of VOCs?

Many assume that chemicals or petroleum products are the only sources of VOCs and that VOCs are introduced into an employee working environment only through a processing or manufacturing operation that is utilizing these products. However, because technology now allows the detection and measurement of VOCs, it has become apparent that there are many other potential sources of VOCs presence within a working environment.

  • Contaminated outdoor air being brought into the facility by air exchange systems, open doors/windows, or vents
  • Internal building VOC contaminants emanating from everything from new construction to manufacturing processes or the use of pesticides in the facility
  • Contaminated soil emissions seeping into the facility

What is the Business Impact of Employee Exposure to VOCs?

  • Increase in employee HR complaints
  • Increase in employee sick days
  • Decrease in overall productivity
  • Potential of liability and legal action by employees
  • Potential of fines and penalties resulting from regulatory body audits

What is the Solution to VOC Environmental Contamination in the Workplace?

Nothing can be done without detection, monitoring, and measurement. This is the first and most crucial step. A central focus of digital transformation and the move of companies toward Industry 4.0 is going to have to be a commitment to optimal working environments for employees. This is where the monitoring and detection of VOCs come into play.

NanoSent provides comprehensive VOC detection and monitoring services for environments ranging from environmental disasters to industry and city-wide pollution monitoring protocols. The VOC detection specialists of NanoScent accomplish this task through the deployment of sensors throughout the environment being monitored. Each of these sensors sends data back to a central dashboard that can be configured to send out real-time alerts and produce current and historical analytics.

VOC monitoring allows business leaders to:

  • Provide a healthy working environment for employees.
  • Decrease unpleasant odors created by the presence of VOCs.
  • Pinpoint VOC production/contamination location within the facility.
  • Make management choices when VOCs are detected.
  • Lower the potential of legal action.
  • Protect employee efficiency and productivity.