Employee Health Matters: Using Office Air Quality Test Kits

Office Air Quality Test Kits

Is your office making you sick? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, poor indoor air quality inside offices, schools, and other workplaces has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs; and some specific diseases have been linked to specific air contaminants or indoor environments, like asthma with damp indoor environments. Additionally, some exposures such as asbestos and radon, may not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers several methods for testing workplace air for contaminants, including detector tubes and highly specialized equipment. If you are concerned about your office's air quality, you should bring it to your employer's attention and request professional air quality testing.

Are There DIY Office Air Quality Test Kits?

The most common DIY indoor air quality issues arise from allergens and molds, though lead, radon, formaldehyde and other contaminants can be present. DIY air quality test kits are available from home improvement stores and from many different vendor websites. Some DIY air quality test kits allow you to take a sample and analyze results much as you would with a swimming pool test kit. Other DIY office air quality test kits require you to mail in samples for complete analysis and a return report.

Know Your Rights as an Employee

As an employee concerned about his or her office's air quality, you should familiarize yourself with OSHAct. As stated in the Act, "Employers should be reasonably aware of the possible sources of poor air quality, and they should have the resources necessary to recognize and control workplace hazards." Additionally, "It is against the Act for an employer to fire, demote, transfer, or discriminate in any way against a worker for filing a complaint or using other OSHA rights."

More info? For information on commercial indoor air quality issues, check out our post on Got Mold? Commercial Landlord Liability for Mold.

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