11 May 2023

7 reasons why good workplace ventilation is important
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Effective Workplace Ventilation

The benefits of having an effective ventilation system in the workplace cannot be overstated. Not only does it help maintain a healthy work environment, but it also contributes to the overall productivity and well-being of employees. 

According to HSE, ventilation is the process of bringing in fresh air into an enclosed space from outside and removing indoor air that may be stale, hot or humid (as a result of machinery and processes), or contaminated with pollutants and other impurities (such as dust).

In the UK, ventilation-approved documents highlight regulations surrounding ventilation within dwellings and buildings without them. However, it’s important to understand the benefits of an effective ventilation system in the workplace, rather than just accepting them as a requirement for workplace compliance. Business owners are legally required to maintain a safe working environment for their staff, and ventilation has a huge role to play in ensuring optimum conditions.

So, what is ventilation, why is it important and what are the benefits of having such a ventilation system? Let’s take a closer look and see how good ventilation can positively impact your workplace. 

What is ventilation?

Ventilation is used in workplaces to increase air quality by exchanging indoor with outdoor (or conditioned) air from a central air duct system. It can help remove irritants, pollutants and other substances that are harmful to human health. They can also help regulate the temperature, which is particularly important for large workplaces with little to no insulation.

Ducting is used for maintaining good ventilation in the workplace. There are many types of ventilation, such as:

  • Natural ventilation – natural methods such as wind and temperature changes
  • Mechanical ventilation – fans, filters and air ducts
  • Hybrid ventilation – a combination of natural and mechanical systems for workplace ventilation

High-integrity ductwork is just one of the ways workplaces can implement an air duct system, particularly in industries or buildings that have specific ventilation requirements. It’s also important to ensure your ductwork is compliant with the DW 114 standard – the industry standard specification for sheet metal ductwork production and installation.

Why is ventilation important for the workplace?

People spend most of their lives in the workplace, so naturally, conditions need to be perfect to ensure their health is of the utmost importance. This includes (but is not limited to) workplace ventilation. With good ventilation in the workplace, staff can feel rest assured they’re working in a safe environment. There’s obviously a lot more to this, so let’s dive into the key benefits of good ventilation in the workplace.

What are the benefits of good ventilation?

1. Improved air quality

An effective ventilation system ensures that the air in the workplace is continuously circulated, filtered, and free of pollutants and contaminants. Some of these contaminants include:

A good ventilation system can also help prevent the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria, leading to a healthier work environment. This is particularly important in workplaces such as medical practices, chemical handling and laboratories where workers are at greater risk of exposure to these elements. Ventilation in the food industry is also important in order to reduce and prevent the risk of contamination

Ultimately, health and safety is important in the workplace, and good ventilation is a major factor in ensuring this.

2. Increased productivity

Good ventilation in the workplace has been proven to boost staff productivity, as revealed in a Harvard study that found a connection between better air quality and optimised decision-making. Think about it – a smelly environment, or one that is too hot or cold isn’t optimum to work in. So with a good ventilation system, you can ensure the air is clean and temperature regulated. 

Plus, with an increase in productivity across the workforce – thanks to a clean, fresh environment – businesses can reap the financial benefits. A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and by providing your staff with a comfortable working environment, you’ll optimise overall morale and productivity. One way to improve comfort in the workplace is to ensure that fresh air circulates the building, and in doing this, you’ll likely be contributing to improved staff retention rates.

3. Increased energy efficiency

An energy-efficient ventilation system can help reduce energy costs and lower the carbon footprint of the workplace. By circulating fresh air and reducing the need for air conditioning, businesses can save on electricity bills and contribute to a greener environment. With our fabrication service, we’ll always consider your energy usage and EPC rating to ensure our solution is as energy efficient for your business as possible.

4. Reduced condensation

Condensation can arise when warm air is applied to cold surfaces – hence why you’re likely to spot it in cold environments. If condensation is left unchecked and soaks into its surrounding surfaces, mould can develop and affect the quality of air, leading to medical issues or exacerbating existing ones in staff. 

A good ventilation system can help reduce the risk of condensation by providing enough airflow that’s also temperature-regulated, which in turn can reduce the formation of condensation forming on various surfaces in the workplace.

5. Reduced health-related absences

A major benefit of good ventilation systems is not only the health benefits it can have, but with better health comes fewer absences and reduces business costs. Besides, poor ventilation caused by improper ductwork (or lack of it) can increase the likelihood of health problems, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Rashes
  • Allergies

6. Improved sleep

Breathing in fresh air is vital to our body’s functions, particularly where the brain is concerned as it uses almost three times as much oxygen as our muscles. One of the brain’s main functions is to regulate the body clock, meaning that oxygen intake is crucial for waking and sleeping. Many staff may have to work within an enclosed space for a long period of time, so by ensuring that fresh air is constantly circulating the building, it’s likely that their sleep quality will be better. 

7. Reduced noise levels

It’s not uncommon for ventilation systems to produce a lot of sound. However, ducts can be insulated to reduce both their energy wastage, but also their sound too. Typically, noise can be carried from adjacent rooms through air ducts, so if you’re in a workplace constructed with space and materials that amplify sound, but requires the use of air ducts, then silencers or insulation can keep noise levels to a minimum.

We understand how essential it is that workspaces are as safe as possible. We’ve worked hard to design quality industrial ventilation systems that protect against contamination, providing clean, fresh air to keep your staff happy and healthy. So, if you’re looking to improve your workplace’s ventilation, contact Airmatic today.

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