Today three-quarters of the working population work in the service sector and most of them spend seven to eight hours a day in an office or conference room (i.e. between 30 and 35% of the day).
Offices, open spaces and meeting rooms are no exception to the fact that indoor air pollution in buildings is greater than outdoor air pollution.
This pollution comes from the insulation of buildings combined with the emission of pollutants from furniture, building materials, household products and professional activities.
Air quality in offices and meeting rooms is a key factor in business success.
Already in 2014, ANSES has estimated the socio-economic costs associated with poor indoor air quality in France at 19 billion euros. This estimate is underestimated because it is based on the impact of only 6 pollutants whereas we may be exposed to several hundred pollutants on a daily basis.
Poor indoor air quality increases the risk of chronic occupational diseases and sick leave.
Moreover, while ambient air pollution can lead to a 10 to 15% decrease in work performance, improving indoor air quality is an opportunity for the company to increase the productivity and intellectual performance of its employees.
Many occupational illnesses can be the consequence of chronic exposure, whether conscious or not, to biological or chemical pollution during the exercise of one's profession.
IAQ analyses are therefore part of the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) approach. The analysis of indoor air quality in the workplace is also part of the Quality of Life at Work (QWL) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approaches.
YOOTEST proposes an action plan to help companies and employees take account of the indoor air quality in their workplaces.
The first step is to perform an IAQ assessment of priority rooms, those where employees spend the most time, i.e. offices and meeting rooms.
This assessment is conducted using a self-assessment questionnaire that contains detailed information on room layout, ventilation, household products used, and activities in the room.
The self-assessment report presents the main risks of indoor air pollution in the study room and recommendations for improving indoor air quality.
The second step consists, once the prevention and improvement actions have been implemented in the company, of carrying out indoor air pollution measurements that will confirm or deny the absence of health risks for the occupants.
YOOTEST offers certified laboratory analysis, the guarantee of accurate and reliable analytical results, with a controlled cost.
A poor IAQ in offices and meeting rooms results in recognized collective symptoms such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
Our offers, available internationally, include:
- Sending of sensors
- Laboratory analysis
- Quickly available results and reports
- Prepaid return of samples
YOOTEST solutions cover a wide range of substances with effects:
- Endocrine disruptors
And indoor air pollutants of concern:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, arsenic ...)
- Semi-volatile organic compounds COSV (pesticides, plastics, flame retardants)
- Allergens (mites)
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, contact your work physician to have an assessment of the indoor air quality in your workplace prescribed:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
- Nasal secretions
- Asthma, sneezing, irritation and inflammation of the airways
- Breathing difficulties
- Headaches, nausea
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Body aches and pains
- Skin rashes