An often overlooked reality is that indoor environments can be more polluted than the outdoors. Much of this can be attributed to the frequent use of chemical-based cleaners coupled with a lack of ventilation, which can create dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Exposure to these cleaning fumes can cause major health problems for even the healthiest populations, but especially for those in hospitals and schools where some of the most vulnerable spend a majority of their time.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs found in products such as cleaning solutions can contribute to headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and throat, eye and nose irritation. They are also linked to cancer and can even harm developing fetuses. In addition, VOCs are known to negatively affect cognitive abilities, impairing reasoning and thinking capabilities.
In fact, a recent study by Harvard University found indoor air quality to be a contributing factor in reducing office worker productivity. By changing the air quality of a controlled office environment during a two-week experiment, researchers found that high ventilation, combined with the use of low volatile organic compounds led to better worker performance and cognitive functions.
The study recommended that facility managers maintain a healthy indoor environment, free of harmful cleaning chemicals, to increase worker productivity. One of the best steps to ensure the protection of indoor air quality is to use eco-friendly cleaning solutions, which have received multiple “green” certifications.
Engineered from a proprietary blend of natural ingredients including water, lime, pine needles, aniseed, clove and cedarwood, Fresh Wave IAQ is environmentally friendly odor control solution that is safe and effective. It contains no harsh chemicals, fragrances, alcohol, and phlalates. In addition, the Fresh Wave IAQ Gel has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) recognition. The DfE label program recognizes products that are safe for use and for the environment.
It is ironic that traditional cleaning products can negatively impact indoor air quality. The good news is that there are odor control solutions that are safe for any indoor environment, allowing facility managers and cleaning professionals to reduce the levels of toxins and improve the quality of indoor air.
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