The Importance of Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace

Within various industries and based upon their daily processes, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere many workplaces significantly effecting the indoor air quality (IAQ). These gases contain dangerous chemicals, some of which may have associated short-term or long-term health risks. 

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace - Otis Instruments

According to the EPA, concentrations of VOCs are up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors; creating a negative impact on air quality in the workplace. Prolonged exposure to VOCs in the workplace can influence the following risks: nose and throat discomfort, headache, fatigue, nausea, fatigue, liver and kidney damage, visual disorders, memory impairment, cancer and death. 

Research conducted by the EPA has indicated that while products containing organic chemicals are being used, users can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels and elevated concentrations can persist in the air post activity completion.

As toxic gases can be detrimental to human health, proper detection is essential to improve indoor air quality, mitigate exposure and ensure the safety of personnel. 

Wired and WireFree gas detectors offered by Otis Instruments are capable of detecting and monitoring the presence of toxic gases in the workplace, ensuring the safety of personnel through positive indoor air quality. 

The OI-6000 Sensor Assembly is an explosion proof, versatile assembly that uses an electrochemical, infrared, catalytic beads or photoionization detection (PID) sensor to detect a variety of gases. Wired power with 4-20 mA analog and RS-485 Modbus outputs, this instrument incorporates magnetic switches that allows for non-intrusive calibration while in the field. 

To learn more about our products for indoor air quality, contact Otis Instruments today.