Office Use

negative effects of poor air in offices

A recent World Health Organization report suggests that up to 30% of new and remodelled commercial buildings may have issues relating to indoor air quality. The concentration of contaminants in these office buildings, which in some cases have accumulated for years, can severely affect your health. These adverse health effects are sometimes referred to as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).

According to the US Department of Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), indoor air quality problems in offices are not limited to old buildings, but can occur in newly constructed buildings and renovated buildings as well. While older buildings that have not been adequately maintained may become reservoirs for microbial growth, the air quality issues in new buildings are more likely to be chemically-related (e.g., off-gassing from building materials). Also, poor building ventilation can cause issues regardless of the age of the structure, with contaminants building up to levels that can cause serious short and long-term health problems.

Fact:   Office buildings are designed to provide 10 litres of fresh outdoor air to every person each second, however, in some months 85% of the indoor air you are breathing is re-circulated

Even if you work in what seems to be a relatively clean environment, you may still be exposed to indoor air pollutants from the following:

In addition, in an open office environment, people with sensitivities to odours such as perfume can suffer immensely, and the potential for virus and bacteria transfer between workers is very high.

Laser printer emissions are worthy of special mention as they have recently begun to be recognized as a serious health threat to office workers. In addition to ozone, numerous studies have confirmed that laser printers can emit fine and ultra-fine particles in the process of fusing the toner to paper. Studies conducted by the Queensland University of Technology’s Air Quality and Health program indicate that standard laser printers can increase indoor air pollution in an office by as much as 500%, with the concentration of microscopic particles near printers reaching levels several times greater than that produced by traffic on a busy road. Toxicological studies suggest that, when inhaled, these fine particles can penetrate deep into the lungs, where they can remain for long periods of time, causing acute or chronic illnesses.

Fact from the Environmental Science & Technology Journal:
Standard office laser printers can emit as much fine-particle pollution as cigarette smoke

hazardous office equipment

By protecting your personal air space through the use of a small air purifier at your work station or in your office, you can improve your health, comfort, concentration, energy level, productivity and general well-being throughout the work day.

Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers works closely with government departments and agencies to find clean air solutions for the workplace:

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Financial Services Commission of Ontario
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Health Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • Justice Canada
  • Library of Parliament
  • Meteorological Service of Canada
  • Ministry of Finance
  • National Defence
  • National Research Council Canada
  • National Resources Canada
  • Nova Scotia Environment
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Parks Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • US Department of Defence
  • Veterans Affairs Canada

Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers Recommends...

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr. Air Purifier

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr. Air Purifier
The Perfect Size for a Small Office or Cubicle

With its 30 sq. ft. of medical grade HEPA material and 6.5 lbs. of ‘SuperBlend’ carbon, our economically-priced Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr. is the ideal air purifier for those seeking protection from the airborne pollutants lurking in an office environment. This compact air purifier not only offers outstanding control of allergy and asthma triggers such as dust and mould spores, but also captures hazardous fine particulates, chemical fumes, toxic gases, dangerous VOCs and odours to ensure that you are breathing the cleanest air possible while at the office. More

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Other great air purifier choices for personal offices and cubicles:

AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Vocarb Air Purifier

AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Plus Vocarb Air Purifier
An Ideal Solution for Printing / Photocopier Rooms

With its medical-grade HEPA filtration system, this air purifier helps to remove dangerous ultra-fine particles generated by laser printers and photocopiers before they circulate throughout the office. The AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Vocarb also features an 18 lb., 2.5” deep bed of impregnated activated carbon to adsorb ozone and other toxic gases produced by office equipment to ensure a healthier environment for everyone in the workplace. More

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Other air purifier solutions for printer/photocopier rooms:


“When our organization opened our office in the old GE plant, in Barrie, the air quality in the building was very poor. There was little air circulation and our staff was experiencing headaches, fatigue and various other discomforts related to the air quality. After examining a few different options, we tried an AllerAir air purifier. After having the unit in the office for a couple of weeks we definitely noticed a difference in the air quality. The staff indicated that the headaches and the fatigue that they were experiencing were greatly reduced.” Kathy Willis – Executive Director

“I highly recommend the IQAir HealthPro Plus. There’s no doubt that it is working hard in our open office space, as we all notice a huge difference in air quality whenever we have to go to another floor. We have the cleanest air in the entire building!” M. Brunet, Ottawa, ON

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