Spring is here and with Spring time comes allergies. With another harsh allergy season ahead, taking measures to reduce allergens in your workplace is more important than ever. Here in North Carolina, that means the yellow dust, aka, pollen is about to take over the state and our lives.
While it may seem like a losing battle to keep allergens from taking over your office and home, there are ways to minimize the allergens even when it feels like they’ve taken over.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has six recommendations for improving indoor air quality and reducing allergy symptoms:
- Control dust mites.
Keep surfaces in clean and uncluttered. Bare floors and walls are best, but if your facility has carpet, professional cleaning removes dirt, pollen, allergens, dust, and other particles deep within your carpet’s fibers.
- Vacuum once or twice weekly.
Vacuuming helps keep allergens to a minimum, so speak with your cleaning contractor if you need to change your vacuuming schedule.
- Prevent animal dander.
If yours is a progressive workplace that allows employees to bring their dogs to work, whether occasionally or regularly, keep in mind that most doctors advise people allergic to animal dander to avoid pets with feathers or fur.
- Prevent entry of pollen by keeping windows and doors closed.
Air conditioning in warm weather is best and also helps control dust mites by reducing humidity. Change filters often in window units.
- Avoid mold spores.
Reduce moisture around the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas with water. Fix all leaks and other causes of dampness.
- Control cockroaches carefully.
Use poison baits, boric acid and traps rather than chemical agents that can irritate rhinitis and asthma.
These steps, while they may seem tedious, will help you with the battle against pollen spores and other allergens that invade our homes and office during Springtime. Regular cleanings with “green friendly” products can help your workplace remain free of allergens and dangerous chemical agents. Consult with your local commercial cleaning company, such as Servicemaster of Wake County, on ways regular cleanings and janitorial services can minimize allergens and thus the time employees are out sick due to allergies. Stay safe this Spring season, and ward off allergens with regular dusting, cleaning and sanitizing practices.