06.12.2021 – 08:30
Sentinel House Institute
The cold season is here – and with it the typical stink at work. There is a lot of heating and little ventilation. Inflamed airways, watery eyes, headaches and sleep problems drive the sickness reports up. The good news: those who approach their employers constructively, work healthier.
The air in many offices is bad, especially in winter. Not only exhaled carbon dioxide collects in the room air, viruses, mold spores as well as solvents and air pollutants also lurk here.
Office furniture can make you sick
New electrical appliances emit plasticizers, flame retardants and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Harmful substances also escape from floor coverings and furniture. Laser printers produce fine dust. The pollutants enter the body directly via the room air and the respiratory tract.
Badly ventilated rooms increase the negative effect. In addition, there is low humidity during the heating season: Together with the pollutants, it irritates the respiratory tract. In addition, viruses have an easy job with dry mucous membranes.
The result: performance decreases, more and more colleagues call in sick – bad for those who are still healthy and the company. Important: There are helpful concepts and tested products, but also many false promises. One example is air purifiers, which do not all deliver what the manufacturers promise.
A healthy workplace in four steps
“Motivated and fit employees are an asset for every company,” says Peter Bachmann, founder and managing director of the Sentinel Haus Institute. He and his team support companies in creating a healthy work environment: indoor air measurements check the status quo, health-tested construction and equipment products, cleaning agents and furniture ensure good air quality and inexpensive sensors, ventilation devices and room air purifiers monitor and reduce the risk of infection. A certification confirms the air quality and has a positive effect on the corporate image.
Consistent ventilation and monitoring of the air humidity help immediately. This should be between 45 and 55 percent relative humidity. A ventilation system with an enthalpy exchanger is ideal. This not only sucks out used air, but also heats and humidifies the filtered fresh air. This also ensures a low risk of allergies and very little energy loss through ventilation.
Beate Dr. Markus Nothelfer and his wife Beate, who advises your husband’s dental practice in Bühl in Baden as a holistic health coach. They had a ventilation system installed in the freshly renovated rooms; the indoor air quality was measured and certified by the Sentinel Haus Institut. “The good air not only relaxes the patient. Everyone who works here is also fitter and healthier because we work in fresh, filtered air all day,” emphasizes the experienced dentist.
Conclusion: Anyone who suffers from bad air every day has good arguments with their boss when it comes to health protection. Because ultimately everyone benefits from it: the employees are healthier, fitter and more motivated. The company has fewer sick days and is making a name for itself as a responsible employer. Last but not least, costs decrease in the long term, as a healthy team develops its potential better and does not fail as often.
There are many tips for healthier living and working as well as strictly tested products in the Sentinel portal at www.sentinel-haus.de.
Radon risk also in the home office
Those who ignore health risks run the risk of threatening diseases. One example is radon: the radioactive noble gas, the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking, penetrates buildings from the ground in some regions. Employers have to take precautions here with measurements and seals. But that doesn’t apply to working at home. While only just under 13 percent of all employed Germans worked at home in 2019, the number in the corona pandemic has risen significantly. Many employees have set up their home office in the basement, of all places, where the concentration of the gas is highest in radon risk areas. A first measurement creates clarity here.
Original content by: Sentinel Haus Institut, transmitted by news aktuell