With one in five Australians suffering from allergies throughout the year, it is so important to be aware of the allergies your staff have and make efforts to reduce these in the work environment. An allergy-free workplace will encourage higher levels of productivity and reduce the number of sick days taken.
Let's take a look at the top 5 workplace allergens and what can be done to reduce these triggers for a healthier work environment.
#1 - Food Allergies
Find out if any of your staff suffer from food allergies. Identify which foods are high allergens (such as nuts and eggs), and then request that co-workers do not bring those foods to work regularly. When hosting work functions, ensure there are non-allergen foods provided. Have a plan in place in case a staff member should have a severe allergic reaction resulting in anaphylactic shock.
#2 - Pollen
Where possible, reduce pollens in the air, especially in Spring. Fresh flowers are gorgeous but can aggravate those who suffer from pollen allergies. Using artificial flowers instead of fresh flowers is an alternative solution to brightening up your office space.
#3 - Mould
Mould is caused by too much humidity or moisture in the air. Queensland summers are notoriously damp and humid, and increasingly so in the last year or two. Ensure that workspaces and bathrooms are well vented to avoid moisture buildup. Also, ensure air conditioner filters are cleaned regularly. When mould starts to emerge clean it immediately with a suitable product, or ask the advice of professional commercial cleaners.
#4 - Dust
Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in dust found on furniture and especially carpets. They live in layers of dust that have settled, particularly in high-traffic areas. Ensure that your work environments are regularly and professionally cleaned to remove dust mites.
#5 - Artificial Fragrances
Some people with fragrance sensitivity symptoms actually experience allergic reactions to some chemical, or combination of chemicals, in scented products. People with a history of asthma, allergies or other respiratory disorders are usually more susceptible to the effects of fragranced products. To prevent this use allergy-free fragrances or cleaning products, ensure that staff maintain a good physical distance from any dispenser, or try natural alternatives.
Ensuring a hygienic allergy-free work environment is crucial to keeping staff and clients safe and healthy. Regular commercial cleaning, alongside prevention techniques, will help keep your staff and clients safe from allergic reactions.
Are you tired of allergen-induced coughing, sneezing and discomfort in your workplace?