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Evaluate the quality of the air in the workplace

Many people say that their job makes them sick, but there are some people who are actually ill due to the conditions of their workplace. One issue that plagues some workers is indoor air pollution.

You might not think about the quality of the air in your office, but there is a good chance that it is actually worse for you than the air outside. There is a chance that the quality of air indoors contains two to five times the pollutants of outdoor air. In severe cases, that rate can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor air.

The low quality of indoor air while employees are working can lead to irritation of the nose, ears and throat. It can also lead to dizziness, asthma, fatigue and headaches. People who are exposed to indoor air pollution for long periods can develop heart disease, respiratory diseases and cancer.

Some sources of indoor air pollution include decreased ventilation, chemicals used for cleaning and other purposes, synthetic building materials, furnishings and equipment. Keeping control of indoor air pollution can be difficult, but employers are responsible for ensuring employees have a safe work environment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific rules and laws that employers must follow regarding workplace safety. These regulations include office spaces and other indoor settings.

When employers don't comply with OSHA standards, they can face having to answer complaints from employees. These complaints can have an impact on the direction of the business, so keeping them to a minimal level is desirable. One way that you might find it impacts the business is when investors are needed. They might frown upon a company that's had OSHA violations of any sort in the recent past. Investors will likely put the services of a business and commercial law attorney to work for them. This type of attorney can also advise you of the possible penalties if your employees do not have a safe working environment.

Source: FindLaw, "What is Indoor Air Pollution?," accessed Nov. 02, 2017

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