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Embrace Air Quality Awareness Week and reduce facility pollution

By FacilityDude
Apr 28, 2014

Facilities Management, Energy Management

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Embrace Air Quality Awareness Week and reduce facility pollution Now that spring has arrived and the weather is finally on our side, chances are that a fair share of individuals will want to head outside and take some deep cleansing breathes of fresh air. The only way they can continue doing that, though, is if people don't fill the atmosphere with pollutants. Thankfully, Air Quality Awareness Week is here, which means facility managers have the perfect push to talk to their maintenance teams about decreasing contaminants, gas emissions and particle pollutants. By shedding light on certain habits that contribute to poor air quality, they could reduce their facility's impact on air, promoting the health of people and the planet.

Reduce utility waste

First and foremost, the EPA explains that you should address the ways in which you contribute to air pollution so they can work to make cutbacks. There is no denying that cars and other gas-guzzling vehicles detract from the air's quality, filling it with all kinds of particulate matter and harmful emissions. To address this situation, you and staff members could use alternative transportation - such as riding bikes or forming a carpool - as you commute to and from work. That being said, there are more extensive steps that you can take to reduce your facility's share of air pollution.

For example, facility efficiency plays an instrumental role in decreasing your environmental impact leading to poor air quality. The EPA recommended that you ensure your equipment and systems are efficient in terms of make and model, replacing outdated components that suck energy and waste resources. This includes everything from your building's lighting to electrical appliances. Every day, you and your team should be sure that nothing is on that isn't being used, shutting everything down come closing time.

Eliminate hazardous materials

You and your staff should orchestrate routine inspections to make sure your energy-smart equipment is in tip-top shape. If any parts are broken and not working properly, they are probably causing waste, and you will want to make repairs. By doing so, you can guarantee everything is running the way it is supposed to be - efficiently without any subpar parts holding it back.

When it comes to cleaning your facility, you should look for detrimental chemicals used throughout your buildings. Examine the ingredients in your cleaning products, stains, glues, paints, finishes and even solvents your team employs. There should be low amounts of volatile organic compounds, and anything coming out of an aerosol spray can is a no-no. By eliminating these chemicals in your facility, you could be keeping the quality of air at its finest, making it safe to breathe for us and future generations.

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