My name is Amanda V. and I have been employed by Carolina Filters, Inc. for the better part of 10 years. I have worked in both the Indoor Air Quality Division (IAQ) and the Process Equipment Cleaning Division (PEC) and held four different positions within the company. I began in February of 2007 as the IAQ Billing Specialist, I was an IAQ Account Manager handling sales and customer service, I have worked in the PEC Customer Service/Account Manager position, and I am currently the IAQ Customer Service Manager.
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Each year in the United States, roughly 1.7 million people are affected by healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), resulting in an average of 99,000 deaths and $20 billion in hospital costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Did you know building occupants and employees can improve IAQ (Industrial Air Quality)? According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), there are simple steps occupants can follow to decrease indoor air contaminants. Educating occupants of these IAQ guidelines can reduce costs and reduce employee sick leave. Five helpful steps to do so are below:
Improving office building indoor air quality (IAQ) reduces sick leave by 39% and costs by 44%, according to an Australian case study. Identifying indoor air contaminants can be difficult, as they range from airborne bacteria, fungi and dust to building materials and office equipment. Outdoor sources such as temperature, lighting, smoke and humidity also affect IAQ. There are a variety of steps businesses can take to improve IAQ and reduce employee sick leave.
Spring is a time for blooming flowers and growing grass, which means increased pollen and allergies. While outdoor allergens may be unavoidable, the indoor air quality of your facility can be controlled with the proper maintenance.
Heating and air conditioning systems are sometimes complex and can require evaluation by outside contractors or specialists. To eliminate many of the probable indoor air quality problems, however, there are three areas that can be easily addressed to some degree by building owners. These are a) filtration of airborne particulate, b) removal of built-up contamination, and c) the control of microbial growth.
A preliminary indoor air quality investigation, performed by a building owner, can begin to find solutions for problems caused by airborne particulate and microbial growth.
One primary outcome desired from any IAQ investigation should be to see and document what is normally not seen, namely the existing condition of the entire HVAC system. Our downloadable diagram outlines problem-solving logic that should be used to conduct an investigation. Depending on the reason for an IAQ investigation, there can be many variations of the diagram; however, the key points are to have a good plan and document plans, actions and findings.
Building owners or their representatives, who are responsible for maintaining the building’s indoor air quality (IAQ) systems, are becoming more aware of their responsibility and liability for the IAQ in their buildings. A major reason is the old true adage “out of sight, out of mind”. Most indoor air quality problems are not visible to building owners and occupants. As a result, many IAQ problems have been ignored.
The South Carolina Society of Hospital Engineers hosts its 55th Annual Fall Conference starting November 4th. The three-day event will take place at the Greystone Embassy Suites in Columbia, SC.
Engineers and local vendors will attend several presentations and workshops to discuss hot topics like benchmarking, review national and local data and receive SCDHEC regulatory updates.