Common Odors Invading Workplace Air

October 22, 2015

Do you detect certain odors inside your workplace? Offices constructed without windows and adequate ventilation systems are prone to odor complaints from disgruntled workers. Some offices even re-circulate the same stale air through their ventilation systems contributing to indoor air quality problems. In addition, activities of coworkers or employees of neighboring businesses can produce many irritating chemicals.

This article explores some of the most common odors found in offices and their origin. While some odors may be only irritating, others may pose a serious health threat. Learn more about the different types of odors that may be present in your workplace and what may be causing them.


#1 Annoying Harmless Odors 

While some office odors may be offensive, they can be categorized as relatively harmless, although they can be irritating in confined spaces. Talk with management about ways they can promote an odor neutral environment. Do not attempt to cover up these smells with carpet fresheners, air fresheners, or deodorizers. These masking products can contain harmful chemicals that pose serious health risks.


#2 Office Air Pollution

Depending on where you work and the type of equipment and furniture present in your office, there are various office air pollutants that may be present. Do you detect strong chemical scents from cleaning agents? Does your office furniture or flooring give off a strong odor? Do you smell specific odors given off by copiers or printers? Any of these particular odors can pose a threat to your health and the only way to be sure the air you are breathing on a daily basis is safe is by testing for chemicals and VOCs. Office Air Check can analyze a sample of your air and identify any hazardous levels of pollutants contaminating your office air.


#3 Mold 

Mold growth occurs where water or moisture build up, often as a result of poor ventilation and often characterized by a musty smell in your office. You may notice this smell is stronger when the air conditioning is running. Office Air Check can test a sample of the air from your office and inform you whether active mold growth is present Mold can trigger serious allergy symptoms and respiratory distress. If a high level of active mold growth is detected, professional remediation may be necessary. If mold is visible anywhere in your office it should be addressed immediately since irritating mold spores can be produced even if the mold is dormant.