IAQ a Growing Area of Concern Among Employees

Respondents said they would consider leaving their employer due to concerns of poor indoor air quality.   September 22, 2023

By Mackenna Moralez, Associate Editor

A recent survey by Fellowes found that more Americans and Canadians are concerned about indoor air quality (IAQ). 

Respondents said that clean indoor air helps perform their best at work. However, only 33 percent of Americans believe that the air quality and their workplace is “very clean.” Meanwhile, 91 percent of respondents believe that clean air should be a fundamental right for all workers.  

Those who believe that their workplace doesn’t have clean air contribute the following to poor IAQ: 

  • Stagnant air or inadequate circulation (35 percent) 
  • Humidity levels (33 percent) 
  • Manifestations of mold, stains, dust and airborne particulates (25 percent) 
  • Perceptible odors (25 percent) 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors. With that being said, 31 percent of respondents stated they would consider leaving their employment due to concerns of poor IAQ. However, only 37 percent of respondents said that their employer made IAQ improvements over the last year. It is crucial that employers invest in air purification, such as HEPA filters, upgraded HVAC systems and more, to better protect workers from airborne viruses, pollution, allergens and volatile organic compounds. Those who reported their employers making IAQ improvement said that the top change was the addition of air purifiers.  

Mackenna Moralez is the associate editor for the facilities market.  




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