Work Ventilation Linked To Deaths In The UK
January 11th, 2018
Last updated: October 13th, 2020
Employers have been reminded to consider suitable and robust service and maintenance agreements for their indoor ventilation and air conditioning systems, after study figures linked poor ventilation to a number of deaths in the UK.
There are a great variety of ventilation systems now used in the workplace, such as heat recovery ventilation, and through our own work at Robinsons Facilities Services we know that air conditioning systems are becoming more and more popular, with employers making the investment to provide a more comfortable environment with cleaner air quality. However, once this investment is made, you need to ensure the systems are serviced and maintained properly so that they are always providing clean and unpolluted air to the workplace.
How poor ventilation can affect the workplace
Study findings released in 2015 by the National Institute for Health and Welfare suggested that a number of deaths in the UK could be linked to poor ventilation, both at home and in the workplace. It was found that indoor pollutants were a primary link to cardiovascular disease, asthma, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.
The report concludes that a fundamental change to how we ventilate our homes and workplaces could reduce the risk of disease by as much as 38% annually. Naturally, some old residential properties only have open windows as a form of ventilating the indoors, but this is better than doing nothing. While most new-build properties have ventilation systems installed that allow air to be circulated properly and cleanly.
It is true that not all workplaces have suitable ventilation systems in place, even though for many years it has been a key legislative responsibility for all employers to provide a safe and comfortable work environment. When this extends to potentially reducing an employee’s life expectancy, then you can see how important it is to install adequate ventilation in the workplace and then to ensure it is suitably maintained.
Professional ventilation engineers
At Robinsons Facilities Services we are fully accredited with REFCOM and our engineers hold valid CSCS cards and are fully trained in installation, service and maintenance and the health and safety techniques of handling refrigerants, for example. Our HVAC service and maintenance agreements take into consideration all the latest technology and environmental legislation and we can tailor our packages to suit your requirements and your budgets.
Our primary aim is to ensure your systems are working adequately to protect your employees from what is a proven risk of disease from airborne pollutants. These report findings have highlighted the risk that exists if this issue is ignored, and therefore, we can help you to provide suitable ventilation throughout your buildings in a safe and cost-effective manner in order to eradicate this risk.