Benefits of a Sustainable Work Environment

image: sustainable work environmentThe Environmental Protection Agency recently reported that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors (at work and home) and that indoor air quality can play a significant role in daily and long-term health.  While many individuals seeking a sustainable lifestyle have taken action at home, few people take action to create a sustainable work environment.

As a professional consultant, I visit with businesses seeking to implement sustainability plans which will improve their places of work.  By raising organizational eco awareness, promoting communication, and taking specific action on indoor issues, businesses can directly contribute to the health and a more sustainable lifestyle for their employees.

Our work with professional consulting services has identified that many companies are addressing indoor air quality issues.  Of these businesses, most are addressing the obvious hazards: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, respirable particles, and mold.  However, there are a number of other concerns often overlooked in the workplace:
•    Industrial Cleaning Chemicals
•    Pesticides
•    Formaldehyde
•    Paint fumes
•    Carpeting
•    Perfumes
•    Office Supplies (Ink and toner)

In a recent post we discussed some tips for the home that can translate to your work. 
Many of us spend a good portion of our day in offices or indoor work environments so the air quality at you place of work is equally as important.  Our small business resources advise clients of the benefits of a sustainable work environment:

•    A healthier more sustainable workforce.
•    A more productive workforce.
•    A sustainable environment attracts quality employees.
•    Reduce employee turnover.
•    Reduced lost work time related to health issues.

At Taiga Company, we work with businesses to implement solutions that meet specific needs and promote business sustainability.  Indoor air quality is an important sustainability concept to consider when creating a sustainable work environment. 

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