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Blue sky thinking recommended to drive Clean Air Day message

20 June 2019

Today is Clean Air Day, highlighting the issues faced around the UK caused by poor air quality and the impacts this has on health and wellbeing.

There has been an increasing focus on indoor air quality (IAQ), particularly in the workplace and in many areas of the FM sector, as this can also have detrimental effects on health, wellbeing and productivity.

This message has been further explored by companies such as Emcor UK, which has conducted research on the effects of CO2 levels in the workplace.

One of its findings was that workers had been shown to work 38% faster when their workspace had lower levels of CO2 and the company links this to ongoing concerns about UK productivity levels when compared to those of other countries.

The company states that monitoring CO2 levels and making small changes where necessary could make a considerable difference to productivity levels in any setting.

The Emcor UK research findings can be accessed here.

BG Energy Solutions is also urging greater focus on this issue, stating that incidences of drowsiness and headaches become more comment when levels rise above the 250-350ppm level.

It references the Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) project report, which monitored the effects of lowering CO2 levels, showing improved performance of as much as 60% in time spent completing tasks.

The company also highlights the finding of Vitality's Britain Healthiest Workplace Study, which showed that British businesses lost £81bn through ill-health related absence, an increase of £4bn on the previous year.

These findings are used to support the claim that urgent attention is required for workplace IAQ in the drive to increase health, wellbeing and productivity, while also reducing levels of absenteeism.

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