What leads to poor indoor air quality in the workplace

Sep 23, 2018 | Asbestos-related Diseases

Employers in Missouri may have wellness programs in place that help employees engage in healthy physical activity. However, these cannot help when the physical environment itself is unhealthy. OSHA is clear about the dangers that poor indoor air quality can pose for workers. Side effects include headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inflammation of the throat and lungs.

Airborne toxins are a major factor. Two well-known examples are mold and asbestos. Mold is always in the atmosphere and can be introduced through HVAC systems and open windows. Even when mold levels are not high, the fungus can still cause nasal stuffiness, coughing and skin irritation in those who are allergic.

Asbestos, though largely outlawed in the 1970s, may remain in the wallpaper, siding panels, flooring and ceiling tiles. If the fibers go airborne through some disturbance and are inhaled or ingested, one may develop the mesothelioma. When construction is going on, any workspaces in daily use should be separated from Asbestos.

Poorly ventilated buildings also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Employers should ensure a balance between fresh air and polluted indoor air, as the latter will build up pollutants like cigarette smoke, fragrances, body odors and carbon monoxide.

Someone who develops asbestos-related diseases due to a property owner breaching the duty of care may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law. They will need clear proof of negligence, however, which is where a lawyer can come in. An injury lawyer can hire third parties like investigators and medical experts to build up a case and determine how much the victim will need for medical treatment in the future.

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