Health and safety within schools is always a high priority, but how often is air quality considered in general maintenance?
Although school-related activities do not create a lot of air pollution, poor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors such as excessive air pollution in the surrounding areas, poor ventilation, plumbing issues, leaks in the roof and even materials used within the building.
Worryingly, a recent study by Global Action Plan stated nearly 2000 schools or nurseries around the UK are located next to highly polluting roads and this is not the only threat. Air pollution can be caused by a number of factors other than exhaust fumes, including harmful particles such as viruses like COVID-19.
Breathing contaminated air is now recognised as a severe public health risk and inadequate air quality can lead to a whole host of health and developmental issues in children, including slowing development, especially where lungs are concerned. On top of this, poor ventilation can cause a collection of horrible symptoms for the inhabitants of a building such as aches, pains, nausea, headaches and poor concentration – known as Sick Building Syndrome or SBS.
So, how can air quality be improved in schools? Maintaining clean and effective HVAC systems is a top priority. Here at System Hygienics, we not only clean and conduct remedial works on ventilation systems, but we first conduct a high-level of indoor air quality testing, providing a comprehensive report so appropriate action can be taken. Testing is carried out by an independent laboratory so you can be sure the results are 100% accurate.
To ensure good air quality, ventilation systems must be cleaned, maintained and tested frequently to avoid potential harm to a building’s occupiers. Failure to do so can lead to compromised air supply and the spread of airborne contaminants which can contribute to major health issues, something that has no place in the classroom.
Our air quality testing service is available as a standalone service or as part of our Complete Ventilation Compliance (CVC) Package. An in-depth audit and survey to prove the cleanliness and safety of your entire system are included with each CVC package so you can rest assured your entire system is up to scratch, and children and staff, alike, are protected.
To find out more about our ventilation hygiene services, please visit our website.