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Indoor Air Quality Seen As A Major Issue

An online survey of 300 respondents carried out by People Management Magazine, the media arm of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, revealed that the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ)
is often overlooked in the workplace with only 15% of respondents reporting that they measure theirs.  
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely linked with respiratory conditions such as asthma, which affects 5.4m people in the UK (one in 11 adults). Figures show that three people in the UK die from an asthma attack every day, yet 72.8% of respondents admitted that their organisation doesn’t keep a record of who is affected.
An astounding 68.8% of respondents also revealed that they did not know what the key triggers of the condition were in their place of work with existing data showing that nearly a third of people with asthma stated that their employer wasn’t doing enough to protect them.
The survey is part of Desso’s Great Indoors campaign, which sets out to raise awareness of the importance of healthy indoor environments. The company launched this initiative supported by Asthma UK to highlight that fine dust can be a trigger for some people with the condition.
Laura Shand, corporate partnerships officer at Asthma UK comments, ‘Dust is one of the most common asthma triggers, affecting 90% of people with asthma. The partnership with Desso helps us reach more people to highlight that dust and other indoor triggers can cause asthma attacks, while raising vital funds to support our world-leading research, award-winning information and services, and life-changing campaigns.’
Asthma is not only a painful condition to live with, it is also costly for employers with over a quarter of people having missed days off work because of their condition. The European Environment Agency estimates that bad air quality costs €630bn for healthcare and €169bn for lost productivity every year.
The Desso and Asthma UK survey also highlighted some common misperceptions, which suggest that organisations are not taking full advantage of the resources available to help manage asthma.
David Nicholls, sales and marketing director for Desso in the UK & Republic of Ireland, comments, ‘These results paint a worrying picture and highlight the need for further education about the importance of indoor air quality within organisations – especially considering we spend over 90% of our time indoors.
‘For instance, our survey shows that 79% of the respondents believe that hard flooring is the best solution for reducing the amount of dust in the air; however DAAB research reveals that carpets are a far better option’
Desso is helping to raise essential funds for Asthma UK by donating 0.5% of earnings from its Desso AirMaster UK sales to the charity. www.desso.co.uk/the-great-indoors
Asthma UK is a registered charity. It relies on voluntary donations to make up 95% of the money raised.

Asthma UK Adviceline offers independent advice about asthma for anyone who would like to talk confidentially to a specialist asthma nurse. T: 0800 121 6244 www.asthma.org.uk .

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.