Unsafe working conditions are bad news for everyone. Workplace safety hazards can cost employees their health and even their lives. For companies, the consequences are nearly as dire. The low morale, reduced productivity, absenteeism, higher insurance premiums, fines and liability that can result from dangerous or unhealthy working conditions can severely reduce an organization’s profit margin and, in some cases, even close the facility.
One of the most important benefits HVLS fans can bring to large facilities is improved workplace safety. While no fan can eliminate all safety concerns, here are a few common and significant health and safety hazards that a Go Fan Yourself fan can turn around in a jiffy.
Blow Away These 3 Common Workplace Safety Hazards
HVLS fans are proven to eliminate or reduce these common hazards in the workplace:
- Poor air quality Many factors can contribute to bad indoor air quality in the workplace, including chemical or exhaust fumes, dust, mold, pesticides or even overuse of fragrances and perfumes. Poor air quality has been linked to eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, fatigue, headaches, difficulty concentrating, lowered immune response, and asthma and other lung complaints. Consequences include higher rates of absenteeism, low employee morale, increased turnover and reduced worker productivity.
According to OSHA, improving workplace ventilation is one of the most effective actions an employer can take to improve air quality. An HVLS fan quietly and efficiently circulates air throughout a large space, continually replacing stale air with a fresh supply of clean air and removing contaminants from the workplace for improved employee health and safety.
- Sweating slab syndrome — Very common in warehouses and other structures with concrete floors, sweating slab syndrome is a phenomenon that occurs in buildings when temperatures fluctuate, especially in the spring and fall. When warm, moist air strikes the cool surface of a concrete slab, the moisture condenses into water. This water creates dangerous, slippery conditions on the surface of the floor. The hazard increases if there are traces of oil or other lubricants on the floor.
Sweating slab syndrome is responsible for a significant portion of the more than 200,000 slip-and-fall injuries that occur in U.S. workplaces each year. Wet, slippery floors also have been implicated in many accidents involving forklifts. Condensation can occur on handrails as well as floors, and also can result in ruined inventory and corroded equipment.
The antidote to sweating slab syndrome is increased air flow. This helps evaporate moisture from concrete and other surfaces before it has a chance to collect. Increasingly, facility managers are choosing HVLS fans over blowers or small, high-speed fans to accomplish this task. An HVLS fan moves large quantities of air evenly over a large area for more consistent evaporation. Its quiet, energy-efficient operation enables it to perform this task cost-effectively and with minimal disturbance to the workplace. And because it is installed overhead, an HVLS fan will not block entryways or require the use of electrical cords, which can become trip hazards.
- Sick building syndrome — Building-related illness or sick building syndrome refers to health problems linked to a particular building. Symptoms can affect many systems of the body and may vary from one person to another. They also can significantly affect employee productivity, turnover and morale.
While a defining characteristic of sick building syndrome is the inability to pinpoint a specific cause, OSHA estimates that poor indoor air quality is the primary cause in most cases. HVLS fans have been used in many cases of sick building syndrome to reduce its impact on personnel.
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