Though rarely life threatening, the symptoms caused by allergies can be unpleasant and debilitating. If you or your staff are affected by them, they can cause low productivity, low morale and even sick days, all of which are bad for business. Some allergic reactions can be eased or prevented altogether by making sure you have a clean workplace. Here are five of the most common workplace allergens and how you can combat them.
Though it’s hard to keep pollen out of any building during summer months, making an effort to limit it will help hay fever sufferers. Similar to dust, pollen can be eradicated by regular vacuuming and dusting, and it might be worth considering a ban on cut flowers in communal areas.
Mould is formed by the accumulation of excessive moisture and is often caused by spillages that haven’t been cleaned up for leaking pipes or taps, making kitchens and bathrooms prime spots for its growth. Symptoms of a mould allergy include itching, sneezing, dry skin, wheezing and the exacerbation of asthma. Mould can be prevented by making sure surfaces are properly cleaned and wiped dry.
The harsh chemicals used in cleaning products can aggravate allergy symptoms, especially if they aren’t used properly, which is why employing a trained commercial cleaner is important for businesses. A professional cleaner will also be able to recommend green products that aren’t harmful to either people or the environment.
Pet hair and dander
Many workplaces nowadays are pet friendly but, even if you don’t have animals on site, people who have pets at home will bring fur and dander into the building on their clothes and shoes, which can be unpleasant for people who suffer from allergies. Once again, the best way to combat this is with regular, professional standard cleaning, as well as ensuring all coats and jackets that come from a home with pets are kept in a closed cupboard or locker.