Robust air and water hygiene in workplaces could increase productivity - new research.

Robust air and water hygiene in workplaces could increase productivity – new research including Legionnaires Disease awareness

London 15 September 2010: New research shows that more than eight in ten workers (83%) are less productive if internal air quality doesn’t feel good. The survey by Air and Water hygiene specialists Guardian also shows that more than seven in ten workers (70%) feel less energetic if climate control in workplaces is too hot or too cold. More than four in ten (44%) workers say that water used in facilities at work such as showers could be improved. 29% of workers did not know that the quality of the drinking water and air available at work is linked to the risk of contracting Legionnaires Disease

Guardian Air and Water Treatment managing Director, Barry Webber said: ‘We have all heard of terms such as sick building syndrome. This is linked to how the quality and temperature of air at work can have an impact on people’s sense of wellbeing. Also, the maintenance of good hygiene in water used at the workplace can affect the microbiological control of bacteria such as Legionella, which can have devastating effects if left unchecked. It follows from our research that a commitment to air and water quality could have a significant effect on productivity and staff energy levels – and it’s not that difficult to get it right.’

With the seasons changing and the usual vague or unexplained illnesses set to blight workplaces this Autumn, the survey also found that more than a third of workers (36%) think that their workplace has higher than usual levels of people off sick. The majority (55%) say that if one person gets a bug or cold, everyone at works seems to then get it. ‘Good air and water hygiene services can help minimise the risks of what can be apparently clean but in reality unhealthy environments’, Webber added.

As part of a drive to make sure that water temperatures are monitored in even the most remote or rarely attended locations, Guardian has just launched a new remote temperature testing and flushing system that wirelessly transmits vital data back to Guardian’s operations centre

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