Allergies and asthma are really menacing situations. The things become even worse if the cause of the situation is your office. You may not realize it, but the quality of housekeeping of your office largely determines the health condition of your team. So if you are facing breathing issues and allergies then maybe it’s your office and it’s housekeeping team which is to be blamed.
It’s logical also, a working person spends more than 40 hours in a week in office, now that’s an international average and in India, the hours of work put in are much higher. So if the conditions of your workplace are not hygienic then you are bound to face allergies and breathing-related issues. Avoiding triggers at work when you have allergic asthma isn’t as easy as it is at home, where you have better control. You have to do some research and study to solve this issue.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, as many as 15 percents of asthma cases in the United States may be work-related.
In fact, there are more than 250 substances known to be irritants that can cause or exacerbate allergic asthma at work. The list is wide-ranging, from cleaning products and paints to dust from wood and flour, to latex gloves, mold, pet dander, insects, and cigarette smoke. Many of these may be part of your day-to-day work environment. We don’t have any conclusive study of this fact for India, but we are sure that situation would be quiet worse here, the reason being simple, we have lots of air pollution and quality of air in most of the Indian cities is pathetic. So you can well imagine the situation with asthma and allergy in our country.
Worst Workplaces for People With Allergic Asthma
Among those who may have work-related allergic asthma are:
- Health care workers who might react to the strong sanitizers used to keep their workplace clean.
- Hairdressers who come in contact with lots of strong scents, dyes, and other chemicals and perfumes.
- Janitors and housekeeping staff who are exposed to harsh cleaners.
- Bakery workers who breathe in dust from flour, flavorings, and other ingredients.
- People who work in veterinary clinics or handle animals and who are allergic to pet dander.
- People in agriculture who work with insecticides.
- Office workers who are allergic to strong scents (such as a co-workers perfume) or whose workplaces are poorly kept (where dust and mold are present).
“Occupational asthma alone is estimated to be responsible for 24.5 million missed workdays nationwide annually”
How can a good housekeeping company help resolve the issue?
The first thing that we would mention here is the fact that housekeeping people are also humans, we also work in the same atmosphere as our clients do. Hence keeping the workplace and environment allergy free is also vitally important for our team also. That’s why combating allergens in the workplace is also our priority number one. Our objective is always to keep a healthy and strong team so that our clients get more productivity.
In America, employers are legally bound to make reasonable changes in the workplace to enable an employee to do the job. And allergies developed at work often fall under workers’ compensation laws. But both routes can be complex and capricious, and redress is often dependent on the attitude of the employer. In India, no such laws exist and employers are not bound to make any changes. However being a human being, we have to respect the problems of others and rules on no rules, we as a responsible IFM company always help eliminate allergens from our client’s workspace.
This is how CLR helps allergens from its client’s location:
Find an alternative. We work with identifying the chemicals or substances that are causing allergic symptoms, then we replace them with greener options available in the market. Ventilation. The next step in our schedule is to check the premises for the problem in ventilation.Most of the times a faulty HVAC which has not been maintained for a long time is a cause of allergy.
Wear gloves and a mask. If our clients work with strong chemicals and find that they’re allergic asthma triggers, we recommend protection by wearing gloves, an apron, and a mask. We ensure that the workplace should provide them for you.
Practice good housekeeping at work. Some people find that dust and mold trigger their allergic asthma. The cleanliness of workplace refrigerators and bathrooms, for instance, may leave something to be desired. Our team does routine patrolling of the office to keep things really clean and eliminating allergic elements from the workplace.
For a housekeeping service, there is nothing more important than the health of occupants of the office under their watch. We work for maintaining and creating a workplace which can provide the best environment, should you need to discuss this further, please feel free to write to us.