Why Good Ventilation Is Essential

Although we take ventilation in the workplace for granted, it's a relatively new invention, having its origins in the early 20th century, although cruder methods have been used for centuries. Ventilation means removing the stale air from inside a building and replacing it with clean air from the outside. Having a workplace adequately ventilated has several advantages; it allows for effective odour control and can reduce the effects of harmful fumes and particles. It all means a safer workplace and more productive employees, and having good ventilation can also ensure that equipment works as it should and lasts longer.

Dust, potentially dangerous chemical fumes and unpleasant or harmful vapours are all unwanted features of many factories, workshops and garages. Eliminating these impurities is one of the most important tasks of any industrial ventilation system, especially as the air inside a garage or factory is nearly always more polluted than the outside air. Pollutants and bacteria are expelled, along with fumes and dust, and just as importantly, unpleasant smells, such as body odour are also eliminated. And ventilation also helps to control condensation, which can damage machinery or equipment in the factory or garage, and cause mould, which then leads to potential health issues. Corrosion or other damage to the surface can occur on metal and steel from condensation, and excess moisture also causes damage cardboard and paper packaging and materials. It's easy to see why excess condensation alone can cost millions of pounds.

Ventilation in an industrial setting also helps with temperature control, as well as odour control and the elimination of fumes and dust. Certain equipment has to be kept at a specific temperature in order to operate safely and efficiently, and of course a well-ventilated workplace is a lot more comfortable. Many products have to be manufactured in certain temperatures, such as various food products and medicines. And many manufacturing processes involve the use of chemicals which have to be stored and used under a specific temperature. Even the paint in your garage can be damaged by too high or too low temperatures, and the colour and consistency of it can suffer if there's no ventilation. Metal paint tins also rust easily in damp conditions.

Adequate ventilation in a factory, garage or warehouse is also essential for the health of anyone working there. Most of us have some idea that poor or no ventilation can lead to a variety of health problems, including rashes, headaches and allergies. Eye irritation is also a common problem with poor ventilation, along with dizziness and nausea. Not only is this potentially hazardous to anyone working in such an environment, but it can also cost employers money, with days off work taken because of health issues. Many studies have shown that proper ventilation in the workplace means happier as well as healthier employees, and it all means that productivity or the quality of work won't suffer. There's another cost savings benefit too, as adequate ventilation in the factory or garage means that energy bills are kept to a minimum.